Anchorage and the Bore Tide

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On a day we do not travel, unless we have somewhere we have to be, we usually sleep in.  Today was no exception.  After breakfast we went into downtown Anchorage to wander through the shops.  We saw some unique, but expensive trinkets as we walked through the stores.  We also wandered down some streets we had not been on during our previous visit to Anchorage and found some interesting works of art, including a depiction of Capt. Cook’s ships commemorating his three voyages, one of which brought him to Alaska and a large humpback whale.

Another goal for today was to try and see a tidal bore.  This occurs in Turnagain Arm when the low tide is exceptionally low and the high tide is coming back in the inlet.  The size of the bore can be as high a 6 feet.  Some days there is no real bore tide.  The wind can also affect the bore tide.  Today was to be a nominal bore tide as the lowest tides will be the end of the week.  The phase of the moon has a great affect on these tides.  We got ourselves to Bird Point a prime view spot as the inlet is very narrow at that point, fixed ourselves lunch and waited.  The clouds that had been present all day finally opened up and it rained steadily for a while.  Finally, as the time approached the rain lessened and we headed out to the viewing area.  The bore was expected at 4:07 pm, but the wind blowing strongly in the opposite direction slowed it down.  The bore was not spectacular, but there was definitely a wall of water a foot or so high moving down the inlet.  So our wait was not in vain.

Then we geocached our way back to the trailer for dinner.

Tomorrow we move down to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula.

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Anchorage flowers
Anchorage flowers
Celebrating the dogs that ran the …
Celebrating the dogs that ran the…
An Anchorage fish
An Anchorage fish
Bear and raven
Bear and raven
Gold dredge bucket
Gold dredge bucket
Sculpture for Cooks three voyages.
Sculpture for Cook's three voyages.
Whale sculpture
Whale sculpture
Bore tide
Bore tide
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