Saturday, August 30, 2008

Grannies Gone Wild!

As you might remember from a previous post, Grandma Clara's baby sister Louise (age 82!) and niece decided to pay the grannymeister a visit to celebrate her birthday. Louise and Kathy arrived late last Friday night and left the following Wednesday night. The five days in between were jam-packed with touristy action. I thought you might be interested in a little travelogue.

Saturday morning, we went to breakfast and then headed south towards Portage to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. We drove through the park and were able to get up-close and personal with a variety of wildlife including.....

Quiviut on the hoof (aka Muskox)


Caribou (my favorite game meat ever!)


And local celebrity, Jimmy the (Grizzly) Bear and his brothers.


We then headed back towards town and stopped in Girdwood. We took the tram up to the top of Mount Alyeska and visited the Round House Museum before having a nice lunch of reindeer hotdogs and clam chowder. Several hanging glaciers are visible from both the Round House as well as the restaurant. Unfortunately I left my camera in the car during that escapade so you'll just have to make do with the linkage provided ;0

Driving back home, we stopped at the Eagle River Nature Center. Everyone had a good time looking through the telescope trying to spot sheep, bear and mountain men.



We decided on a little adventure and hiked/wheeled down one of the trails to the salmon spawning overlook where we spent a good hour or more watching fish fight to swim upstream, rolling and congregating in the still pools.


It was a beautiful and peaceful evening, but the hike/wheel back was essentially uphill all the way and tired everyone out for the evening!

We decided on a more civilized day for Sunday and after breakfast visited the Anchorage Museum of History and Art where we strolled around for 2 or 3 hours, had coffee and forgot to take pictures. Next was a stop at Grandma Clara's favorite venue...Alaska Wildberry Products...to shop for wonderful chocolates and see the "Chocolate Waterfall". Everyone certainly enjoyed THAT stop ;0


On Monday, we drove to Seward and enjoyed the Alaska Sealife Center. It's one of my and Grandma Clara's favorite places. We enjoy learning about the seabirds, fish, and marine mammals of Resurrection Bay.

There are Octopus (octopi?)


Pettable Starfish....


Friendly puffins...


and other seabirds...


and the favorites including Harbor Seals....


and Woody the Sea Lion!



After the Sealife Center, we drove up the road a ways and visited Exit Glacier. The Okies were impressed with the river of ice ;0


Tuesday was spent touring the Mat-Su valley and visiting quietly at home. Louise and Kathy wanted to have their pictures taken in our winter coats (Laura Wright Parkies).


As I had to work an overnight that night, Grandma Clara entertained our guests by showing off some of her current cardworks in progress and reminiscing about the 'good old days'.


Russ and Zoe took everyone out to the Haute Quarter Grill for seafood and steaks. I slept late the following day (Wednesday) then we went out to Lake Hood to watch the floatplanes take off. We had a late lunch of Shrimp Tomato Bisque Soup with Rolls and Salmon Spread, and said our goodbyes at the airport.

It was a rather whirlwind trip, but I think everyone had a good time. I know Grandma Clara really enjoyed visiting with her family.
And so ends this episode of "Grannies Gone Wild"....stay tuned, you never know what those girls will get into next! Until next time....Knit On!

7 comments:

Suzanne said...

You are too funny! Grannies gone wild!! What great pictures! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time.

CatBookMom said...

What a great travelogue! Just another instance of the spirit being much younger than the knees and other joints make the body as the decades pile up. Inspiring! Tell the grannies I said that I wanna be like them when I'm their age.

Scrabblequeen said...

Woohooo! You girls sure do know how to party. Looks like fun to me, I'm green....

Milly said...

Thanks for sharing your photos, Alaska is just such an incredible place. I have a co-worker who is from Alaska and she tells us stories of hunting adventures and all the beauty there! I have to visit one day, just about everyone I know has been there but me, whats up with that?

Thanks again for sharing your adventures and pics!

Tara said...

Looks like a wonderful party! I'm so glad they got to spend some time together. You were sweet to facilitate their adventure.

smariek said...

Wow, that sounds like such fun! And you take such beautiful photos of the wildlife. My inlaws recently came back from a trip to Yellowstone and their wildlife photos aren't anywhere as cool as yours -- shhh! don't tell them I said that! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time.

Joan said...

This was by far the most entertaining post I've read in ages! I want to come. The grannies are hysterical. You are the best hostess, Lisa.