Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Great Escape - Day 25: Bus Ride to Anchorage

A lazy start from the Windsong Lodge in Seward.  We boarded our bus and left at 1030 am and made it into Anchorage's downtown area a little after 1PM.

The highlight of the ride was to be the Seward Highway once we left the Kenai Peninsula.  Sure there were gorgeous green mountains with some remaining patches of snow but as you might recall, I prefer my mountains with snow on them.

Note: it's also rather difficult to get good shots of scenery from within a moving bus....just saying.

Here's a link to my ride down the Seward Highway a bit over five years ago: LINK and here's a link for my return trip from Seward shortly afterwards: LINK

 Mountains in the Kenai Peninsula



Mountains along the Seward Highway

The bus dropped us off at the Fairbanks Market for some meandering, shopping and lunch which we had at the Hard Rock Cafe - Anchorage.

We then were bused to the nearby Anchorage Museum where I was reminded once again how little I know in terms of modern art (which is what the upper two floors were displaying).

I did really like the display of models depicting the 625 submarines built by the USA from the 1890s to the 1980s.







This exhibit made the list only because it was colorful.
I didn't even bother reading the plaque explaining it.

 An eye-catching but not readily understandable main 
exhibit in the museums's open central area.

Like I said, modern art and I are just not compatible apparently.  There were many native american artifacts and clothing on display of course but no pics by me.  After a while, we four reached sensory overload and barely skimmed the museum offerings before exiting for the rendezvous with the bus.

 Caribou Man

 Cool Skull Display

 Behind the 3D display of a bear show below, were these
"bears" covered in feathers.  Here's a pic of the ladies
being amused by modern art.


We went to check into our hotel after the museum and shortly afterwards got dinner at a nearby restaurant after an almost 30 minute wait.  There's not that many places in downtown Anchorage apparently for Saturday night goers and tourists!

Tomorrow, early train to Talkeetna, AK

4 comments:

RichardM said...

That sounds like the Rasmussen Museum on 5th Ave. I do like the submarine sculpture. What are you going to do all day in Talkeetna? Go on a glacier flight?

dom chang said...

Well, we actually didn't get to Talkeetna till 1120-ish....so some walking around, lunch, then ride the bus to the lodge at 2PM....tried to hike before dinner but it rained. No glacier flights and Denali was hidden by clouds....

SonjaM said...

The submarine swarm is quite intriguing. But I have a limited understanding of modern art for the other stuff...

dom chang said...

Yes, the submarines appearing to float in air was quite interesting...as for the rest I am like you.