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... as I'd like because both my cameras were failing.
Kenai itself has the first Russian Orthodox Church on mainland Alaska, built in 1895. Just across from it is the Chapel of St Nicholas erected in 1906 over the grave of Father Nicholai, who was much loved locally for administering the smallpox vaccine when Natives in other communities were dying in their hundreds from the disease.
... missed the wave front, if there was one, and could now see the tide running strongly up the arm.
Anchorage is a very spread-out town, and our first drop-off is at Great Alaskan Holidays, our vehicle provider tomorrow. It looks like a big operation, with rows of very large, new-looking motor homes. The next drop-off is at the airport, relatively close, but still a few miles away. From an overpass, a large rounded mountain with a white mantle of snow, called the ...
... Brewing Co, of course.
From Vancouver, we had three ports: Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, before being dropped off in Whittier. Ketchikan was a half day of totem poles and a former red light district on stilts. It was super easy to just get off the ship, walk in and around town, hop on buses and get back in plenty of time. We rode the free shuttle around first to get some inside scoop on the area from the bus driver. Then we got a $2 day pass for ...
... seaplanes landing & take off in afternoon. Sea base is literally alongside commercial Anchorage International Airport. But, got to duck in with car unchecked alongside working docks? of seaplanes crossing working plane runways with signs "right of way for aircraft" signs! Very cool! But, no flights seen for 20 minutes. Resolved to go back in morning hours another day.
Came back and found ...
... was in the dining car when the woman asked if I would have breakfast with her so I did. One of the servers (not waiters!), Daniel said that the Country Starter was the quintessential Southern American breakfast, I did point out to him that we were in Alaska & not the Southern States. I asked what a biscuit, as stated on the menu, was but he couldn’t really describe it apart from saying it was a 'floury thing’. As there were not many tables an Australian couple sat with ...