Sunday, 30 August 2015
30.08.2015 - 30.08.2015
The last hour or so of our flight into Anchorage was spent with the cabin locked down due to predicted turbulence. It didn't eventuate. Landed and disembarked into a quite modern and spacious airport building. Found and retrieved our luggage and went in search of transport to the hotel. When we found the taxi at the head of the queue he suggested we call for the hotel shuttle. Decided to do that and stood like dummies before being advised we needed to call the hotel. Who would have thought ??
Called the hotel via a 'special' phone inside the terminal, greeted by the night clerk and told he'd be there in 5 to 10 minutes. Close to 30 minutes latter we opened our cases to find some extra warm gear. The temperature wasn't all that cold but the wind was icy. The shuttle arrived, picked us up and the driver made us comfortable in the hotel lobby. He also advised us of a number of possible breakfast locations.
Walked less that five minutes and found that the recommended place didn't open at 06:00 as expected on Sunday's it opens at 08:00. Selected an alternative where we had more than enough food to last us all day. The US$ 10 breakfast - each, with gratuities and FX fees will likely come to about AU$ 40. Food is not cheap but servings are huge.
Back to the hotel lobby and waited for a room to be available. At about 10:00 AM, a good five hours early for check-in we were handed the key and directed to an upgraded, ground floor suite. Nicely done Lakeshore Inn !! Stripped and crashed onto the lovely king-sized bed.
By about 16:00 we surfaced and went for a short walk along part of the Hood Lake Seaplane Base. What an interesting location. There are many, many small seaplanes moored along the shore of this busy airdrome. There are up to 300 arrivals and departures in a day. We saw at least six or eight in a very short time.
Back to the hotel and prepared to revisit the restaurant that was still closed this morning. Classed as traditional Alaskan eatery it certainly had an old-time rustic decor and a comprehensive menu. Jenny ordered a 'small' cheeseburger and fries. I challenged myself by ordering the extra-large chilly with a loaf of bread. The loaf was a sizable cob enough for four. The chilly filled a bowl that had at least six normal serves. In cup sizes I'm guessing at least six to eight cups and possibly more. I did eventually manage to eat all the chilly but was beaten by the bread loaf !!
Staggered back to the hotel to write up these notes. Plans for tomorrow are somewhat hazy as the US President is due to visit here tomorrow. Road closures and restricted access to some areas of downtown are predicted. Well and truly ready for more bed time.
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view photo for today by following this link to my main album
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony