Yesterday was my first full day in Anchorage. It didn't take me long at all to get familiar with the downtown area - it really is ridiculously easy to navigate. Now, if I dare to venture outside of the downtown area... that might be a different story. For now, I'm still plenty amused where I am. Not only with the touristy shops and such now waking up from their winter hibernation, but also with the never-ending scenery. I can't tire of it. Yeah, sure... I've only been here a little over a day... but still - wow! That one little word sums it all up.
I got up really early yesterday morning - still not accustomed to the time difference. I originally woke up at 4:30am, and finally stayed up at 5:30am. I fiddled around in my room awhile, grabbed a shower, and decided to venture out for breakfast. I found this groovy little shop called Dark Horse Coffee Co. in which to pull up a chair and treat myself to hot chocolate and a croissant. Great stuff! Certainly worth a repeat trip (I'm trying to decide whether or not to go there again this morning, or to check out a recommendation of another place in town).
I tooled around town for awhile, taking some photos, walking through some shops. Anchorage still seems to be a little on the 'sleepy' side these days... but we're still before the tourist boom, so I'm sure that will change very, very soon.
Black-Billed Magpie - these birds are pretty common for the area. I've seen a fair amount of them. They have a rather obnoxious call (kind of reminds me of the common crow, for you Midwesterners), but I still found them fun to watch.
Cook Inlet and took a few minutes to look around, grab a few more pictures (the pictures certainly don't do the landscape any justice).
For dinner, I ran by Uncle Joe's Pizzeria in town - not a bad little place, and it had decent pizza. Certainly doesn't compare to Chicago in that department... but overall it was decent.
The weather as been in the mid-40's since I've been here. A little chilly, but not so bad that I can't layer up a little, throw some gloves on, and head out without a coat. There's still a significant amount of snow on the ground, but it's been slowly melting with the higher temperatures.
Today I have plans to meet with a JeepKJ forum member that lives in the area. We're going sight-seeing and going to grab some lunch/dinner. Sounds like a good, last day in Anchorage. Tomorrow I'm on the train headed north for Fairbanks!