This post is a continuation of Alaska Cruise – Week 1.
Day 8: Anchorage, AK. This is by far the largest city in Alaska and is the commercial and transportation center for the state. Valerie’s cousin Prudence is working on a temporary assignment at a hospital in Anchorage. We were able to meet up with her and she generously offered to drive us to see some of the natural beauty around Anchorage. We drove south from the city along the coast of Turnagain Arm. Our first stop was a brief hike in Chugach State Park, one of the largest state parks in the United States. While hiking, Prudence spotted a moose with a calf at about 150 yards from the trail. At a little further along the road we hiked to Byron Glacier and spotted a black bear at a comfortable distance. Back to Anchorage we stopped briefly at the Earthquake Park which captures some of the impact from the massive 9.2 earthquake that hit Anchorage in 1964. Near there we saw a young moose grazing on the side of the road. Finally, after a quick stop at Point Woronzof for a classic view of Anchorage across Knik Arm, we stopped into 49th State Brewing before returning to the ship. It was a good day with beautiful weather and we thank Prudence for showing us around. Continue reading