Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Weekend in Anchorage

Well, I was lucky to get to Anchorage over Easter weekend. Mt. Redoubt has calmed down and didn't give me any problems. We spent Friday and Saturday doing some shopping. Kohl's just opened up last week and it's right next to Target, so I got to do a little shopping at both places. Friday night we decided to do dinner and a movie. We went to the Bear Tooth Theatre which actually does dinner with a movie (dinner theatre). The great thing is you order your food and then go sit down and start watching the movies and they will bring the food out to you when it's ready. We were lucky enough to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop. We just missed it back in January when it opened. I was suprised at how good of a movie it actually was. I was expecting the typical Kevin James comedy, but it was really good! On Saturday we decided to go to a regular movie. We went and saw Observe and Report. Horrible movie. It's another mall security movie and it is horrible compared to Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

On Easter Sunday we decided to take a road trip. We drove down the Seward Hwy to Girdwood. This is the first time I've been somewhere else in Alaska besides Anchorage, Bethel and Marshall!These pictures (above and below) are pictures of the mudflats south of Anchorage. Those big chunks you see are actually huge pieces of ice. The get hung up on the mudflats when the tide goes out.
Here are a couple of pictures of Eric and I. The one above is at Beluga Point. It's a stop on the Seward Hwy where you can sometimes see Beluga whales in the water. We didn't see any. The picture below is the mandatory "in the vehicle while traveling" picture.

The above picture is a view of the mountains from the airplane. I wanted to get a picture of Mt. Redoubt, but we didn't have a clear enough view of it from our flight pattern. The pilot was talking about there being an ash cloud at about 15,000 ft, while we were traveling at 30,000+ ft.

Finally I will leave you with this picture. This is Bethel from the air on April 13, 2009. You think we have a little bit of snow left?????? This is the second pass we had to take for the landing. The first pass we were lined up, hand the landing gear down, descending nicely and all of a sudden the plane starts going back up. Apparently some other smaller plane was either coming in or going out and we had to back off. I like this picture because you can see how far spread out Bethel is. Our house is out of the picture on the bottom right.

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