I guess Tok was the last time anybody heard from us. We've been relaxing in Anchorage for the past couple days. We decided to stop here for a couple of reasons. First I wanted to give Beth a little time to explore the city for when she gets a chance to hop on a Space A flight (space available on a CG plane) and come back to civilization for a day or weekend. A chance to find all the good places to spend our hard earned ducketts. Second, I have some childhood friends and my god-daughter here in Anchorage. I haven't seen them in over 5 years and with a few exceptions everything is pretty much the same. My god-daughter is a HOOT!!! She will be 6 in November and is sharp as a tack. We had breakfast with her and her dad, Jed yesterday morning and she had us laughing the whole time!!! When we left she asked her dad if she could "go with these people". She has these beautiful brown eyes that will get her out of trouble just as often as they will get her into trouble.
Anchorage is really quite beautiful for being a metropolitan hub of Alaska. It's a little smaller than Pensacola but seems huge compared to the places we've been to already. We've already discovered the REI store here (its our favorite!) and the local outfitters. We both got some new hiking boots to explore our new island home with and Beth picked up some new chest waders for salmon fishing. Just need to get her some wading boots and a fishing pole and she's all set!! I can't wait to see her hook into a 15 lbs salmon for the first time. I just hope she doesn't let go of her fishing pole.
We had dinner with Jed's dad, Mike last night at this fantastic restaurant: Simon and Seafort's Saloon and Grill. Awesome! I had some grilled King Salmon and Beth had Crab Stuffed Halibut. Both were to die for. Then to top the night off...Burnt Creme and Chocolate Torte. Delectable!!
We'll be here for another couple days. We'll be going to Jed's house for a picnic tomorrow. We'll be able to let the girls run in a yard again. We tried to find a dog park for them but there really isn't any fenced in place that they can run. They'll be so excited. Hopefully they'll be too worn out to bark at every knock or breath of wind. Only time will tell. We'll let you know how it goes.