Tuesday, June 18, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (38)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (38)

06/18/2019 / No Travel Day – Fort Richardson/Ship Creek Overlook


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Start Time: N/A.
Mileage:  54,057.9
Cost Per Night: $50.00 USD
Weather: 48 - 61 F 50% Chance of Rain – Rained A Bit

Another lazy day; in fact, we laid around in bed until eight! It was just that kind of a sluggish rainy morning.

We went in search of the Ship Creek Overlook Park. Somehow, we got turned around and ended up driving up the mountainside into Fort Richardson (7 miles East of Anchorage). Fort Richardson is a United States Army installation adjacent to the city of Anchorage. In 2010, it was merged with nearby Elmendorf Air Force Base to form Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

We ignored the no trespassing notices and boy am I glad that we did. We were in awe of the mountain exquisiteness. We also experienced black bears sightings. The first one we spotted was eating dandelions on the side of the road. He took no notice of us at all and I was able to take a ton of photos.

We drove all the way to the top; to the Anchorage Ski Club Arctic Valley. This lift has a base elevation of 2500 feet, and a lift rise to almost 4000 feet. On the way down, Paul pointed out a majestic bald eagle perched atop a phone pole. Took a photo of him too.

The Ship Creek Overlook Park is a favorite spot to view hatchery-seeded coho salmon as they begin running in late July through August. The best viewing can be found in the clear water at the spillway and fish ladders at the Ship Creek Overlook Park off East Whitney Road, in the railroad and warehouse basin north of downtown. Unfortunately, the salmon was not running yet.

We also made a quick stop at the Anchorage Railway Depot. The place was practically deserted. The charm of the structure was easy to enjoy and we also stocked up on more tourist booklets.

Paul bought his waders at Bass Pro Shop for just $129.00! Such a deal. They also had $5.00 t-shirts. I bought a cheap but utility pole – it is a shiny green.

Wildlife Spotted: Three bears, bald eagle, lots of bird including a bald eagle & a ton of sea gulls, rabbits, and live salmon at the Bass Pro Shop.

View of Anchorage from Atop of Fort Richardson
View of Anchorage from Atop of Fort Richardson

Spectacular Mountain Settings in the Chugach Mountains
Spectacular Mountain Settings in the Chugach Mountains

This Black Bear is Enjoying His Meal of Dandelions
This Black Bear is Enjoying His Meal of Dandelions

The Black Bear Allowed Us to Follow as He Made His Way Down the Road
The Black Bear Allowed Us to Follow as He Made His Way Down the Road

Alaska Has the Largest Population of Bald Eagles in the United States
Alaska Has the Largest Population of Bald Eagles in the United States

Alaska Railroad Depot – Bummer that the Tickets Were Too Expensive
Alaska Railroad Depot – Bummer that the Tickets Were Too Expensive

Ship Creek Overlook Park – No Salmon in Sight
Ship Creek Overlook Park – No Salmon in Sight

Stuffed Animal Display at the Anchorage Bass Pro Shop
Stuffed Animal Display at the Anchorage Bass Pro Shop

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal

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