5 Jul 2015--Didn't have great weather, but we had a parade to go to at least, so we took our 1st trip into the city to see it and whatever else we could see for the day.
It was fairly standard parade, but it did have a reindeer, which is a little different. Interestingly, I thought this reindeer just had a messed up horn, and was one in a series of reindeer playing the part of "Star" of 50 years, sort of like "Lassie". Ellen thought it was a very old reindeer...at least 50 years old. hahaha Anyone else want to pipe in?
Ellen wanted the "Anchorage" in her pic, while I was more attracted to the Statue of Liberty. Cathy pointed out that she desperately needed a nose job! haha
Something a little different...this dog on the back of motorcycle was adorable, while I thought the moose was particular to the Alaska experience. Don't remember seeing one enter the Boston, Tallahassee or Texas parades! And when have you ever seen a British entrant? The sign was sort of funny. haha
I was feeling adventurous, so I got the reindeer sausage...pretty much tasted just like a regular Kielbasa sausage.
After the parade we headed into the shopping/tourist part of town to see what they might have different from the norm, but not much more than a few picture opportunities. The biggest attraction was probably the roof of the Visitor Center, which has been sodded and to have grass grow on it...good for insulation I guess.
Like Texas, Alaska is very proud of its size, but best of all they makes t-shirts, etc., that make fun of Texas' pretensions to glory! haha Click on the 1st pic...it has a handful of good fun facts about the state. And to explain the pic with Cathy holding the little t-shirt...Alaskans say that shirt is a "large" in Texas! haha
Lots of flowers in downtown Anchorage. I don't know what any of them are except the cabbage, but I think they're pretty, so here they are.
On a sad note, Cathy and I went into Holy Family Cathedral to say a prayer and light a candle in remembrance of her uncle Robert, who passed away this past week. Although Cathy's uncle, Robert was just a few years older than Cathy, she loved him dearly, and everyone who knew him would agree that he was a very, very nice man...we will all miss him terribly. If you're the praying kind, please say a prayer for Robert!
We are moving on to Soldotna tomorrow, so more from there to come!