Lake Creek on the Yentna River...
Lake Creek on the Yentna River for Silver Salmon. Pre-pipeline Anchorage. Sorry. Anchorage had a unique personality before the pipeline impact. The Anchorage that I know now is much like any other city of half a million people. It is still a wonderful place with a view of the Chugiak Mountains that is outstanding. I miss those mountains and, when the weather is right, you can see Denali to the North and Mt. Redoubt and Mt. St. Augustine to the South.
Oscar Anderson House
Built by Swedish immigrant Oscar Anderson, an early pioneer and businessman in Anchorage, this is one of the oldest privately built homes, and the only house museum, in the city. Guided tours of approximately 45 minutes tell not only of Oscar Anderson and his family, but also of the early tent city of Anchorage and the building of the Alaska Railroad. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.
420 M Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
The Oscar Anderson House is on the western edge of downtown Anchoage, at 5th Avenue and M Street, in Elderberry Park.
Monday - Friday, Noon - 5:00 p.m.
June 1 - mid-Sept.
Christmas Tours: 1st two week-ends in December.
Oscar Anderson House
Something easy to carry. Do not carry what you do not need but carry what you must have to be Warm ,dry, safe. Most of you will find it Cold here, so if you do not bring a coat plan on buying one. A Hat to protect from Sun and Rain. SUN BLOCK. It is cool so you will not feel yourself getting burnt. Also Bug dope is a must. If you don't know Diaper wipes the uncented type have many uses. Use your head I need not say more. Perfume is not a good ideal in the bush!!! Tripod, Long range Zoom lens, Lots of Film. Rain Gear for camera. If in the Bush A gun is a good Ideal, The Bears on disney are someones pet. Not what you will find here. Please remember this Alaska is Very Stunning however if you are unprepared you can die here. If you fall in our water in most places you have less than 5 minutes to live. Wild animals here are really Wild. Moose kill more people than bears do. Disney is a tv show 'not real'.
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and City Tour
With daily trips to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center including the entree fees. The best service that I found when my folks came to visit for Anchorage City Tours and surrounding was Alaska Transportation Service. These guys had all kinds of options. They have a daily Anchorage City Tour and a tour that also goes to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Girdwood the local ski town. They have shuttle rates or private vehicle day charters for groups of all sizes.
They also service the bigger cruise ships in Whittier, Seward and Anchorage as well as Denali National Park and Talkeetna.
Try these guys out!
Alaska Transportation Service
toll free 1-866-425-8687 or Local 1-907-952-1249
website www.alaskatransportation.net or www.alaskashuttle.mobi
Blueberries Atop the Cliffs
Summer local rituals include berry picking--wild strawberries, blues, crowberries, salmonberries, wild raspberries, low- and high-bush cranberries--all across Alaska. Southcentral certainly has its share.
One of my favorite spots is in the unlikeliest of places. Y'gotta not mind climbing, or at least be able to climb, cliffs, plus NOT zing by this stretch of highway on your way to Seward or Homer!
On the Seward Highway heading south, there's a stretch of rock cliffs on the right hand side before you reach the Turnagain Pass. Climb up that, and in a good blueberry summer, there'll be bushes covered with berries, all along those cliffs.
If you're in a hiking mood, you can take a goodly hike off of there, as well--just watch out for bears, and wear water proof boots 'cause it gets boggy back there.
Why am I sharing this location? 'Cause when it's a great berry picking year, there aren't enough hours in the day for me and my family to finish picking all that we'd like (hey, there's our fishing, too!)....