Alaska – First stop: Anchorage

Alaska – First stop: Anchorage

Alaska! We made it! We drove most of the Alaska Highway up here and then made our way to Anchorage. The Alaska Highway will definitely be the subject of another blog post, but today I wanna tell you something about Anchorage.

First time here in the United States. Justifies taking such a picture, I guess?

As the biggest city in Alaska, the town slain us in the beginning because we were used to the remote wilderness we experienced last weeks. So much traffic, so much hubbub. Fortunately, I got the contact of Erik from my girlfriend, who was living in Anchorage and took part in an exchange to Germany a couple years ago. For our arrival day, Erik could propose us a nice little hike on top of the Flattop Mountain. From there we got a good view over Anchorage and the surrounding area.

The city of Anchorage in spring. Many green birch trees make it look a really lovely place.

The next day we used to buy new supplies at Walmart and other shops. That was really expensive up here, even at Walmart! The highlight here in Anchorage was definitely the evening at Erik’s family’s place. It was the birthday of one of his brothers and we just got invited for the birthday dinner. Erik’s family are mostly free time hunters why we got to taste delicious salmon and caribou steaks! Fresh salmon and caribou! A real Alaskan Meal!

Salmon pastry, grilled salmon, and caribou steaks. Better than in any restaurant!

Later that evening we went out to a, as I would say, typically American bar. We had a beer together, played Giant Jenga, table soccer, and pool. Exactly what we needed after those days in the wilderness. The evening was really recreational for us and we even could sleep the night at Erik’s place. It’s amazing that I found a new friend here in Anchorage. For us, the trip went on on the next morning. We drove up to the Denali National Park, where we will experience our coldest night in the tent so far, but more on that in the next post.

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