Saturday, October 11, 2008

Where's Mary been? I dunno, Alaska

I spent the last week in Alaska on business. Even though it's off-season there, not summer, but not yet enough snow for fun, it's a great place to visit. (I spotted that black bear at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.)

Here's what I loved about Alaska:

  • The people: Very friendly, helpful and down to earth.
  • The drinking water: Fresh, crisp. Same for the air.

  • The mountains: This is what was going through my mind on the flight out when I got a clear view of them: "Wow. Wow. Wow."
  • Art by Alaskan Natives: Gorgeous. I was especially intrigued by the jewelry made with the fossilized tusks of woolly mammoths.

  • The scenery: We took a drive about about an hour out of Anchorage and it was as if we entered a whole new world: Pristine and snowy.

  • The food: Every meal I had was delicious. I live in Rhode Island, so I like to think I know what good seafood is. But the cod, halibut and salmon I had in Alaska were among the freshest fish I've ever eaten.

  • The beer: The Alaskan Brewing Co.'s Amber. Must be because of the great water.

  • Exhibits on indigenous cultures in Alaska: I loved checking out the tools, watercraft, and clothing created with only what was available on the land. Think you know something about surviving in this world? These exhibits remind you that you know nothing.

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Sher's Creative Expressions said...

My hubby loves Alaska. He has been going every year for the past 5 years for fishing with 5 of his buddies. They go the last week of July for Salmon fishing and out into the ocean for Halibut. We have fish all winter to eat. It is so fresh and delish!!!

Kimba said...

Wow! What a wonderful trip! I would love to visit Alaska someday. It sounds like you had a good time.

Esther said...

Mmmm, salmon! Sounds great. I have a friend who says Alaska is one of his absolute favorite places in the world. Maybe I'll get there someday. Thanks for the recap.