The campground is in Palmer, which is north of Anchorage. It takes about half an hour to drive into Anchorage; it's expressway so the drive is pretty easy.
It's always fun to attend local events, and Palmer's fair was being held. One of the booths had very nice, reasonably priced birch baskets made by a local man. The lady helping him in the booth moved here from Florida. He was her high school sweetheart. Ended up talking a long time about the winters in Anchorage.
Heard about Mataluska Dairy so had to get some of their ice cream, which is a little pricey--$8 for half a gallon. It is very creamy; you can feel the calories going on as you eat!
Drove to Wasilla to eat at the BBQ place we saw at the fair; couldn't find it. Even the policeman we asked never heard of it. Ended up at the Hacienda for dinner, which was very good.
As usual, we ended the day with our Tennessee friends at the "picnic table talk time." Thank goodness for the Therma Cell; it definitely kept mosquitoes away!
Went to the Log Cabin Visitor Center in downtown Anchorage. There is sod on the roof just like they used to build them. Wonder if they have to cut the grass?
Walked through the Hilton Hotel lobby to see the registration desk that is made out of jade—pretty impressive!
The Saturday Market was really good—large variety of booths and food. Had to try the salmon quesadillas that we read about; they were OK—wouldn’t get them again.
Went to the salmon fish ladder on Ship Creek; no salmon. A few people were fishing, and we were told a lady earlier in the day caught a 34-pound salmon.
Visited the Ulu Factory, but they don’t make them on Sunday. There was a video and a man told us all about them. He demonstrated how to use it, and we bought one for the RV. Hurray, that means Randy will do all the chopping. (ha-ha)
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Several people told us about the Moose Tooth restaurant, which was our dinner destination for pizza. Everyone was right; it was fantastic. They even make their own root beer. Our waiter was very personable; told us about the log house he is building and cutting the logs himself. Good thing we got there a little early because a line formed very soon.
Thought we’d walk some of dinner off at Earthquake Park; didn’t even read all the earthquake plaques before the mosquitoes drove us back to the car.
**Additional pictures from the Alaska Native Heritage Center
Anchorage- June 13-15
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Anchorage, Alaska, United States