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Biking to Alaska

Day 62: Anchorage Grows On Me

Posted by Alan on August 20th, 2007

I’m going to take a bus back to Seward since it’s cheaper and since I haven’t seen the highway to Seward yet. My bus doesn’t leave until 3 PM though, so I’ve got time to do a little sightseeing. I return my rental car and the rental guy gives me a lift downtown. I walk over to the Snow City Cafe again to have lunch. The wait is much shorter today. The food is very good and I can see why it’s such a popular place. I then head over to the Anchorage Museum, which has some art and history exhibits. I’ve heard it’s worth seeing and that’s also where my bus will depart from. The bus company has free tickets to the museum and I spend a couple hours inside looking around.

It’s a pretty small museum, but I’m impressed with some of the artwork they have. Most of their paintings are landscapes of Alaska. I particulary like one gallery which has a few interesting abstract landscapes. They also have an exhibit of contemporary artwork by native artists from all over North America. Some of the pieces are pretty good. I stop in a small side gallery with art aimed at children. I really like the unconventional artwork there by an artist named John Kirchner. Now that I’ve seen a little more of Anchorage I have a more favorable opinion than after my first visit. I don’t think I’d want to live there, but I can see it has some good things to offer.

Finally, it’s time to catch my bus. I’m pretty tired and I doze off for part of the ride to Seward. Once we arrive I collect my bike and bags which I had left with a luggage storage service. I then head over to the local hostel where I think I’ll stay the remainder of my time in Seward. I cook up some dinner and talk with a couple folks staying in the hostel. Jim is staying there too, I knew I’d run into him again.