We arrived in Anchorage on Sunday the 13th of April and were immediately sad to see so much rubbish littering the side of the highways and rest areas, once hidden in the winter snow banks the snow was now melting and revealing the extent of other people’s laziness. Michelle DeCorso said they clean it up in the spring but why was it there at all? Our first impression of Anchorage didn’t get any better when we went to a neighbourhood park to give Scout a run only to find the park had a dodgy vibe to it with a couple of homeless people asleep on a grassy bank. We did however spot a moose wandering around the park. It was only us kiwis who found the prospect of a moose in a town park photo worthy while the locals walked passed as equally unfazed as the moose itself. I was hoping the rest of our time in Anchorage would be better but the day was lost on us. We went to Walmart for some supplies then ended up having a lousy dinner at a nearby Taco Bell because it had a good wifi connection. We sat there until about 11pm researching things to do in Anchorage as well as other bits and pieces. After brushing our teeth in the bathrooms of the Taco Bell we parked the Dodge between some other big rigs and settled in for the night.
I can’t remember what we had for dinner that night but soon enough we found ourselves back at the Taco Bell this time we discovered we could still get a good connection if we parked directly outside so we whittled away the evening there interrupted only by a guy who came up to the window and asked all about our trip as he planned to do it one day too. Just before bed we went inside, ordered a six pack of cinnabons (like round mini cinnamon donuts) ate them then used the loos and brushed our teeth before retiring to the Dodge.
Next stop Deadhorse AKA: the end of the road!
Rochelle & Will