Alaska:Anchorage – A Real Life Ghost Town

by Funhog Family on October 3, 2012

All Smiles

As we stepped off the plane in Anchorage we entered a whole new world. You could tell that people had once been in this place in abundance, but now it has been transformed into a quiet ghost town. Only the locals are around and we LOVE it!!! Anchorage has that small town feel. There is no traffic, and everyone is super friendly, thinking we must be locals too, as only crazy people would ever consider traveling to Alaska in October. However, October is a great time to come as all the tourist traps are closed and everything is priced for the local market. Several people have approached us explaining that it is a joy to experience our “large” family. The hotels have been amazing as well in happily working with our request to have all of our family stay in the same room. This request usually causes quite a stir in the lower forty-eight as we always have to assure them that our hotel room is significantly larger than our tent. Even with this assurance we still usually have to go through several rejections before one will work with us.

The earth did quake

We had cloudy sunshine all day and got in two very short hikes in the brisk forty degree weather. All the mountains that surround Anchorage are covered with snow and menacing storm clouds, making the whole place seem like a movie set. While hiking in Earthquake Park we were delighted to find a state monument with Bible scripture, “And , behold…the earth did quake and the rocks rent;” – Matthew 27:51. So many things about Alaska remind us what the US must have been like forty years ago. While on our hikes Elijah kept wanting to eat the snow and Tirzah loved playing with the fallen Aspen leaves. We all had a great time just being out in a beautiful place enjoying God’s creation together.

City Hiking, Alaska Style


Pavan October 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Bryan, looks like a lot of fun! Big difference from the 100 degrees back home. Have a safe trip.

Funhog Family October 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Thanks Pavan. We were discussing the drastic differences in the temperatures while we were hiking. Some of the people up here are still wearing shorts and soaking up the last of the cloudy sunshine!

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