Our Anniversary in Anchorage
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This was our 31st anniversary. We ate breakfast in the hotel and were picked up at 9:00 for the "City Tour" that was a part of our package. Our driver/guide, Kris, is an elementary teacher working for Princess in the summer. Her husband, also a teacher, does the same. That seems to be a pretty standard combination of careers up here. Kris drove us up and down various streets of the city, then out to the brand new Alaskan Native Heritage Center. It's only a month old. This is a great place with displays and presentations from the various tribes. Some were doing handiwork. They had outside exhibits depicting the way of life for each of the peoples. Great place.
Drove to Lake Spenard and Lake Hood to see a very busy seaplane operation. Lake Hood has a control tower!! We stopped at a place called "the bluff" for some pictures of Anchorage.
Dropped the stuff in the room, picked up the binoculars, and headed for the lobby to be picked up by ERA Aviation for the "Nostalgic DC-3 Flight". At ERA, the girls were dressed in 40's stewardess garb, including white gloves and seamed stockings. Casablanca was playing on the VCR. (OK, they had few TV's and no VCR's in those days, but let's be a little flexible!) There were only 7 passengers on the plane and 28 seats. Lin and I took cross-windows in the last row. Wendy, the stewardess, sat behind me.
Back at the hotel, I looked for the zillionth time at a bronze sculpture called "Tip Toes" at Boreal Traditions, a shop in the hotel. "Tip Toes" is a limited edition bronze created my the team of Mary and Jacques Regat. I'd fallen in love with this masterpiece at a little shop in Ketchican and saw it again in shops in Juneau and Skagway. To me, it's absolutely magnificent - a dolphin balanced on the tip of a wave. I desperately wanted the piece but walked away again. There's just no logical justification for such a purchase. We dropped our stuff in the room, went back and, throwing caution to the wind, bought Tiptoes from Jon Lindsay, proprietor of Boreal.
Packed (yet again!) and went to bed.