Finally! Another post about the Alaska trip. There’s only one more day after this, which means the end is in sight! I don’t know how I let myself get this far behind. I just hope I can remember all the little details… or, I guess, I could dig out my notebook. I’m not entirely sure where that is at the moment, though.
Before I start with day five, though, I need to share this photo that I totally forgot to post for day four.
Those salmon were packed in there like drivers in Philly around 5pm. It was so weird! The bumper-to-bumper salmon were just holding still, waiting their turn to go through the tunnel to the hatchery. I’ve definitely never witnessed that many fish together at once before.
Now we move onto day five…
It was time to head back towards Anchorage, and we picked a few things to see along the way. Our first stop was the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, better known as the Whittier Tunnel.
It’s the only land access to Whittier, Alaska. It started as just a railroad tunnel, but was modified to allow cars to use it as well. It’s a single lane, so there’s a strict schedule for each direction of traffic and rail use.
Whittier itself is a strange little town. It’s known as the Gateway to the Prince William Sound, and has amazing views of the water all around town.
The population is 220. Yes, you read that correctly. 220 full-time residents live in two designated apartment buildings within the town. A huge portion of the town consisted of coffee shops and tourist attractions (sea kayaking is now on my bucket list). Living in a town that small, the residents have to find ways to amuse themselves. The town was full of silly things like this:
We had some coffee at the shop with Batfish flanking the door and headed back through the tunnel… and back towards Anchorage.
We stopped at Indian Valley Mine and Gifts to attempt to pan for gold.
Trinity found a decent sized piece, and I found a few flakes. Daniel just supervised and jumped in to help when needed. It was a pretty fun experience, and the owner and family were really nice!
The shop is located next to an abandoned gold mine, and there’s a little museum adjacent to shop. There were some pretty weird things in the museum…
Just in case you were wondering what an abandoned mine looks like…
We spent the rest of the evening packing and cleaning the RV, we had to return it early the next morning, and exploring Kincaid Park.
Also, we saw a wild moose. It was inside the airport’s fence, but it was still really close!
He would look up at us and go back to eating. He didn’t care that we were watching him. I was pretty impressed. Moose do not live in New Jersey…. but I guess lots of things live here and not in Alaska.
Back to Kincaid Park, though. It’s a huge park that used to be a military installation of some sort, I think Air Force. It’s also where the Anchorage Lightspeed Planet Walk ends. I’ll touch more on that when I post about day six, but we found Pluto at the park. Apparently they didn’t get the memo that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore.
‘They’ claim you can see Mt. McKinley from the roof of the main building. There were no signs indicating which direction to look. So, I just took a bunch of photos in hopes of getting a shot of the largest mountain in North America.
I learned something new on that roof. Mt. McKinley is also called Mt. Denali. That’s where Denali national park gets its name.
You learn something new everyday, I guess.
I’m always so awkward at ending my posts… so I’ll just do it. That’s pretty much all we did on our 5th day in Alaska. Only one more day to go!
My list of things I would do if I ever traveled back to Alaska is getting much, much longer, though!