by Maxine Davis
Alaska. It’s The Last Frontier, the land of moose and bears, the ocean of whales and king crab, the air of eagles and a crisp, clean coolness, and I loved every minute. I have always wanted to see Alaska and thought it would be a wonderful place to visit. It is!
We flew non-stop from Atlanta to Anchorage. Take my advice and select a layover of an hour or so along the way to get the blood back circulating in your legs and to let your backside know that you have not jumped feet-first into the world’s most powerful shrink-wrap, also known as economy seating. Oh, well, I’ll leave that story for another day.
We arrived at the Anchorage hotel about 11 pm, Alaska time. It was barely dark (see photo) and cool enough for a jacket. Hungry, we went across the street to The Brewhouse. It was packed with people and looked like dinner hour at any restaurant—these people truly take advantage of the long hours of daylight.
Anchorage is the northernmost city in the US with more than 100,000 residents. With an extimated 298,610 residents in 2012, it is Alaska’s most populous city and constitutes more than 40 percent of the state’s total population. Spending only one night there, it left only a couple of hours walking around town the next morning for some sightseeing.
We boarded a train for a four-hour trip to Seward to meet the ship. The scenery was magnificent withglaciers and wildlife. We stopped to see bald eagles on their nests and salmon as they left the rivers at the edge of glaciers.
On board, our cabin was a haven and dinner a delight. Instead of assigned seating for meals, we opted for Flexible seating. You can arrive at any time, and just being two of us, we never waited. There was always two seats and views of fantastic scenery—even a whale blowing alongside the ship.
More to come . . .