Tuesday June 26th
(A Day in Anchorage)
We had a nice easy day in Anchorage today. First I thought
I would add some pictures that Andy took yesterday. Three pictures of
Otters and one picture of a non-otter. He took these yesterday on our
Glacier Boat Tour.
Today we went to the Anchorage Museum, after which Andy and Angie packed up.
They left tonight for Denver aboard Frontier Airlines. We all went to dinner
after which Sharon and I took them to the airport. That and our Museum
trip leads me to give you some of my thoughts.
When we went into the Museum, I purchased for $30 our four tickets. We had
lunch (fifth pix) at the Museum, after which I went to the desk and told them
that I was going to the Museum Movie about Alaska in WWII while the three of
them were going to tour the museum. I asked that since I only had a cash
register receipt for my entry purchase, who do I give the receipt to? We
were going in different directions. I was told to forget about the
receipt, "here we work on the honor system." Somehow I just can't
see that happening at home.
When we took Andy and Angie to the airport, the check in was not only quick and
efficient, but everybody was extremely pleasant, from ticketing and luggage
checking to security. I haven't flown in an airline for a couple of years
but I understand that it ain't a lot of fun.
The entire attitude here is just so completely different from what I have ever
On a flying note, the local pilots are very helpful and generous with their time
in giving advice and guidance. Also although it was suggested that we fly
into Merrill Field at Anchorage since it is more general aviation friendly, I
found that Anchorage International (Stevens) could not have been better.
Of course you have to go to the right FBO (Fixed Based Operator). When I
called various operators a couple of months ago, my first call to International
was to Signature Flight Support. I was told that landing at their
"executive" operation would cost $300. As they perceived my
"sticker shock" they asked "what are you flying?"
When I told them an Aztec, they suggested that I go to the Signature operation
known as Signature East. They waved charges for a fuel purchase (which cost
about $1 per gallon LESS than Northeast Philadelphia, where I am based).
They let us drive right to the plane a couple of times, were very helpful and as
I described yesterday, really saved our opportunity to see the Glaciers. I
could not recommend any operation at any airport higher.
Tomorrow we are meeting my friend Howard Brown for dinner. He is flying in
from Philadelphia. We will go to sleep early tomorrow since we plan on leaving Thursday
morning for Nome.
FYI, for communication purposes, there is reported to be no cell phone service (for us) in
Nome. Both Nome and Barrow have cell phone service but they block out
other carriers (like our Cingular/ATT). They like to keep the business to
themselves. I was told however that we WILL have WIFI, which works "most
of the time." You will know if you see a Web page posted. We will be
there from Thursday afternoon until Sunday. We are not sure where we are
going from there as we are planning to start heading east toward Philadelphia.
The Internet access may not be good enough, if at all, to answer email. I
know you will understand.
Andy's pictures of Otters
Not another Otter picture from yesterday
Lunch at the Anchorage Museum