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2019/09/10 Alaska Day 07-08: Anchorage
π 2019-09-10 01:01 in Ak2019, Trips
We only really spent 1.2 days in Anchorage. It had a few extra things to see, but they were minor and we got all the highlights in 1.2 days.

We landed the previous evening and had dinner with my friend Marcel Bolzern in a very nice restaurant with view (I'll skip the part where Hertz didn't have any cars for anyone when we arrived, had no Hertz Gold at all, and made everyone wait almost 1h or more for their car. Lesson learned, avoid Hertz at any location that doesn't have gold pickup):




yummy fish
yummy fish

On the first day, we started with the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which had very nice presentations and demos on the Alaskan natives:


they gave us a demo of the songs and dances they have
they gave us a demo of the songs and dances they have

They then showed us the games they play, they were quite physical and hard:



After that, we took the tour around the different style houses they had. The young guide was very knowledgeable:






seal gut outfit
seal gut outfit





seal baloon
seal baloon




seal guts is also used as windows
seal guts is also used as windows



Nice placards and artifacts:



sadly the americans also tried to wash out the cultures and languages
sadly the americans also tried to wash out the cultures and languages


Next, we went to the Wells Fargo Museum which had a nice private collection of artifacts:



the canoes are made with skin
the canoes are made with skin




another outfit made with seal stomach
another outfit made with seal stomach

very cool chess set
very cool chess set

The aviation museum followed, it was quite good (on its own page)


And we finished with the Anchorage Museum which we almost finished but not quite in 2H. I had to go back the next day to see a few extra rooms and the special exposition on the Franklin Expedition that was looking for the elusive northwest passage:













price differences between locations
price differences between locations

The franklin expedition was interesting:



they got really close, but got stuck in ice
they got really close, but got stuck in ice

they didn't quite have the satellite pictures we have now
they didn't quite have the satellite pictures we have now

they had to abandon the boat in the ice after a year of the ice not melting, continued on foot and died off eventually
they had to abandon the boat in the ice after a year of the ice not melting, continued on foot and died off eventually

just a few years ago the boat was found under water
just a few years ago the boat was found under water


And after this museum, it was time to drive out to Seward

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