Saturday, July 4, 2015

AUWPS 9 - Seward to Anchorage via the Alaska SeaLife Center


Natural Habitat [edited]:
This morning we tour the Alaska SeaLife Center on Resurrection Bay. Visitors to Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center find a "window on the sea," enjoying close encounters with puffins, octopus, sea lions and other creatures while peering over the shoulders of marine biologists studying Alaska’s rich and diverse sea life. 
The mountain ranges of the Kenai Peninsula rise one after another on our drive to Anchorage, each offering a more enticing photo than the last. We spend the night in Anchorage.
Amusing "local color" at breakfast at the Breeze Inn: the waitress wasn't having it! I'm an easy-going, order-from-the-menu kind of guy. But the close proximities in the Breeze Inn's restaurant allowed considerable overhearing. The waitress verbally waived off several attempts of customers trying to get substitutions on various breakfast combinations. She explained that they were slammed and substitutions would slow things down unacceptably. And I do not doubt she was correct. My simple order took about 20 minutes to arrive, and the restaurant was nowhere near full capacity at the time.

We motored over to the Alaska SeaLife Center, an enduring positive legacy of the Exxon Valdez oil industry disaster. The SeaLife Center is to Alaska's marine biology what the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to California's. We had a "behind the scenes" info tour, and a bit of time to photograph before hitting the highway to Anchorage.

There was beautiful scenery along the way, and nice stop for lunch. And we poked around in Potter Marsh before ambling into Anchorage.

Our hotel for the night was the Historic Anchorage Hotel. Though there were trendy bistros in the area, I "settled" for a hot dog stand across from the hotel. And I stretched my legs looking for a subtle, understated, and tasteful Alaska T-shirt. I kissed what seemed like thousands of frogs (shirts) in the area and found exactly two. I'm not going to lie here, I was also looking at shirts as clean laundry.

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