Alaska Part 1
We arrived in Anchorage on July 1st, 2015.
We went to Alaska to visit our friends, Chris and Molly.
They moved to Anchorage a year ago.
It's on a cul de sac. The fiberglass trailer is a CJ.
The living room
The family room
A part of the kitchen
Looking out toward the back yard from the kitchen sink.
BIG back yard with shed
Back of the house
They both work at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Chris is the head honcho of the events center on campus.
It's brand new and very swanky.
It is state of the art.
Chris is also booking concerts to play here, such as Motley Crue.
There is a restaurant that overlooks the stadium area.
We went out to eat at Bear Tooth restaurant.
It's a nice place.
Part of the building houses a theater where they bring food to you.
They had some interesting posters on the walls.
This one is sort of scary.
Not sure if the rainbow has meaning, if you know what I mean.
Welcome back to the 70s art.
Waiting for dinner.
Our next stop was Chilkoot Charlies.
Their motto is "We cheat the other guy and pass the savings on to YOU!"
It's even on their t-shirts.
It's basically a building full of bars, like 10 of them. This one was empty.
This one is a replica of a bar called the Birdhouse. The original burnt down and was outside of Anchorage.
Besides underwear on the walls and ceilings, they had these awards.
The floor and the bar are slanted, but in different directions.
Molly and Chris
Molly and Chris with beers and I had a shot of Fireball.
The bartenders tell jokes, do magic tricks and have baudy props.
The next day we headed north. Our first stop was Talkeetna.
It's the jumping off place for people who want to climb Mt. McKinley (aka Denali). It's also a tourist town.
Of course we had to go to the brewery for lunch.
John loved sampling all the beers.
A toast. I had water. Beer is not my thing.
This is a pretend shot.
Love their coasters
On the flip side
Inside the brewery restaurant.
At the bar
Fireweed, which grows wild in Alaska
The population of the town is 800.
The mayor is a cat named Stubbs (due to his lack of a tail).
The townspeople didn't like the human mayoral candidates, so Stubbs won as a write in candidate.
Stubbs has been mayor of Talkeetna ever since 1997.
No lack of eateries here.
Molly needed a coffee to get warm.
Aren't they colorful!
And Molly makes 3.