We are back from another whirlwind weekend in Anchorage! Little man is becoming quite the traveler with all these cross country flights and road trips. He does pretty well while traveling, but sleep is certainly a struggle when we are away from home. If anyone would like some baby travel tips let me know! I'm obviously not an expert but we've racked up enough miles with him that I've learned a few tricks along the way. After leaving Fairbanks early Friday morning we arrived in Anchorage around 3 p.m. (after a quick stop at the Target in Wasilla.) Our favorite hotel is Springhill Suites at University Lake. The rooms are huge (a separate living area and two bathrooms) and the views are incredible. There is a small lake behind the property with a great trail. The hotel is on university property so it's in a great part of town.
Travis is obsessed with fishing lately so he wanted to stop by Ship Creek observation point to see if we could watch any fisherman bringing their catch in. We might have just missed salmon season so we didn't see anyone out, but baby loved putting his hand in the water.
Travis brought his fishing rod so we found this great lake and trail system he could fish at while baby and I played.
On Saturday we headed to Aleyksa ski resort. I'll post a picture heavy recap of the epic hike we did tomorrow, but here's a peek at what our breakfast looked like that day. The breakfast at the hotel is amazing (and this is in no way sponsored by the hotel - we just genuinely love it!)
I always bring a small cooler full of food for the road, but we still eat out a lot while traveling. With baby I try to think of places that would have some healthy-ish options that he could feed himself with. Subway ended up being a great idea! They have kids meals, and he loved every bit of it.
On the way back from Alyeska we stopped at a river on the side of the road for Travis to fish. The trail to the river was intense! It was so narrow we were crouching down trying to walk through the trees and bushes. Baby kept saying "wow" over and over. I'm so glad that's one of the few words he knows.
The little hike was worth it when we saw the river! Last time we were in Anchorage there was still snow all over the mountains (in May) so it was fun seeing it during a different season. The fall colors last about two weeks here before the snow comes so we had perfect timing.
On Sunday we stopped by the Anchorage Museum to let baby burn of energy before getting back in the car for six hours. I read online that they had a great children's area but I was blown away by how much they actually had there! We spent almost two hours just in the children's area and baby had so much fun.
There was a least a dozen hands on science exhibits, and this huge play area.
This will be a stop every time we are back in Anchorage!
While I love visiting a 'big city' Anchorage is not without it's problems. There is a huge homeless population there, and the crime rate is rapidly rising. There have been three double homicides within the last few months. In every case there is no known relationship between the victims, and they are always found in the early morning along a trail in a park. The police actually issued a statement a few days before we got to town urging residents to not go outside along at night. The FBI is now involved in trying to figure out what is going on.
On Friday night Travis was looking for a spot to fish and he pulled up at a creek entrance right behind a residential area. There were a few guys sitting in the grass by the river, who just looked totally suspect to me. I told Travis the place felt sketch as hell, but he told me I was being paranoid. He drove down and turned back to find a parking spot, and right next to the parking lot a woman pulled her pants and underwear down and just sat her bare butt in the grass. That was enough to keep us moving along!
The shopping is great in Anchorage (I stocked up on Bath & Body works candles and got a few items for my living room makeover) but next time we are planning to try out a new area in Alaska. We only have two more years left here, and so much more to explore!