Friday, September 24, 2010

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

Today while running errands, we passed through downtown. I was looking out the window and caught sight of the water. I got Will to drive down toward it and we found a cute little park overlooking the coastline. We took a stroll down the path which connected to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Mama and I had wanted to walk the path while she was here, but we didn't make the time. It's an 11-mile trail from downtown to Kincaid Park. We only walked a short while since there was a cold wind and I only had on a thin sweater. It's a perfect trail for bikers and joggers. There was a wide range of people from casual strollers like us to hardcore runners to mom and child pairs on bikes. I thought I would get strange looks because I was wearing my interview outfit from earlier, but no one batted an eye.

lots of warning signs
taking a stroll down Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Will looking at the mud flats
statue of a strange small child
whale slide

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Downtown Anchorage

Sunday, September 19, 2010

MARRIED

For now we only have blurry cell phone pictures. But we did it! We got married! My cheeks hurt from smiling so much.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Begich, Boggs Visitor Center

After hanging out with the Alaskan wildlife, Mama, Daddy, Seester, and I swung by the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center. We poked around the building and took pictures of the pretty water and mountains.

Begich, Boggs Visitor Center
Smokey
pretty Alaskan mountains

Seward Hwy Mile 5.5
Portage Glacier Road
GirdwoodAK 99587

Alaska Wildlife Conservation

Seester drove Mama, Daddy, and I to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation to see some local animals up close. (Will had to work so he missed out.) We saw caribou, musk ox, a grizzly bear who completely got my style, two brown bears...who wouldn't come close for a picture, an escaped creature, bald eagle, a moose who wouldn't turn around, and a black bear. (Pictures are in this order, mouse over to see descriptions if you lose your spot.)

caribou
musk ox
lazy grizzly bear
an escaped creature
bald eagle
moose who wouldn't turn around
black bear

The conservation cares for orphaned and hurt animals in an effort to support Alaskan wildlife. Visitors can walk or drive to the animal habitats. Dad and Seester drove...partly because it was too cold for them, partly because they're lazy. Mama and I walked...partly because we're awesome and partly because it was faster than getting in and out of Seeseter's 2 door car. 

my family
Jump
A giant marshmallow?

Mile 79 Seward Highway

Alaska Wild Berry Park and Village

Daddy flew in and Will had to work so Seester took us and Mama sightseeing around the Anchorage area. Our first stop was Alaska Wild Berry Park and Village. It was off-season so the reindeer weren't out and it was pretty much abandoned outside. But we got to see the chocolate waterfall and poke around the park a bit.

Alaska Wild Berry Park and Village

Alaska Wild Berry Park and Village
5225 Juneau Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99518

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Family Brunch

Daddy flew in. Seester and Mama came back from their roadtrip to Fairbanks. So we all went to Snow City Cafe for brunch before Will had to go to work. They have an amazing breakfast menu. We were off with our timing so we had to circle a bit to find parking and we had to wait a bit before we got a table. But the food makes it worth the hassle.

brunch at Snow City Cafe
brunch at Snow City Cafe

Snow City Cafe
1034 West 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Peanut War

The dinnerware I ordered came in the mail. I may or may not have started a peanut war. Peanuts may or may not have been dumped and thrown all over the living room. I'm going to pretend Will was the instigator. But we all know it was me. He has no idea what he's getting himself into by marrying me.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Death to the Air Mattress!

I never thought I'd be so happy to own a mattress. Will bought an air mattress to use while we saved up for a real one. I was opposed to the idea from the beginning. I slept on it 1.5 nights before I demanded we go shopping. (The second half of the first night I abandoned ship for the couch, not exactly a big step up, but better nonetheless.) At first we were discouraged by how expensive it is to buy a mattress set. However, a stop by the BX and our sleep problems were solved!

New Mattress!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Wedding Site

Mike, Will, Mama, and I took a drive to our wedding site at Six Mile Lake on the back of Elmendorf AFB today. We arrived right at sunset and got some great pictures at the exact spot we were planning on getting married. We thought about maybe a spot on the deck but we quickly dismissed the idea. The railing came up too high and it wasn't as pretty a view as right next to the water.

The lake is about three miles long and only three fourths wide. It drains into the Iliamna Lake which is the largest lake in Alaska (8th in the U.S.) It's known to be a good spot to catch trout...and get married.

sunset over lake

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Goodbye Portland, Hello Anchorage

Alaksa mountains
First sight of land from the flight.



Leaving Portland was one of the happiest/saddest days of my life. On one hand, I have my closest friends since high school, my amazing job that I enjoyed, all the familiarities I've known for 14 years, and not to mention my Mom in Oregon. This was a different kind of sadness than when I left for college. Yes, I was leaving Portland, but I wasn't leaving for good. I knew I'd be back even if my visits became far and few between by the end of my college career. No matter what, I always feel all the tension release from my shoulders the minute my plane lands or the minute I cross over the bridge from Washington. Portland has been a sense of comfort to me. This time I don't know if I'll be home anytime soon. It's a deep sense of loss for me to lose my home of over half my life.

But on the other hand, I have a whole new life waiting for me in Anchorage. The love of my life had the sweetest greeting for me, and I can't help but forget Portland now that I'm with him.


Pretty flowers from my fiance