I was also able to see some of the F-22s downtown from the large grassy
fields in Delaney Park and the C Street hill going down to the Ulu Factory. Other folks were enjoying the aircraft, too:
Tomorrow or Sunday we plan to go watch the Arctic Thunder air show. We’re not sure
how the parking and shuttle buses work. Jim talked to some security
guards today and apparently we’ll have to drive farther away from
the campground to park, then catch a shuttle to the air strip. It seems
like there would be enough folks in the campground to warrant a bus
picking us up here instead of adding those vehicles to the various
Over 100,000 people are expected for the air show this weekend. It's
SEEKING BOTANICAL DISPLAYS
It would have been a great day for me to hike in the Chugach Mountains again or
go up the Glenn Hwy. far enough to see Denali closer, but I was too tired to
do either. So I did a sort of “tour de town,” seeing things in downtown
Anchorage that I didn’t think Jim would enjoy as much as I would.
My first stop was the Alaska Botanical Garden on the Campbell Airstrip
Road. It was much nicer than the location sounds like! I took dozens of
photos of colorful flowers and other plants while walking the wood-chip
trails through the woods and open areas.
I'll have a photo essay showing lots of photos from the gardens in the
third part of this series.
My next stop was the
Z.J. Loussac Library at Denali St. and 36th Ave. I
was drawn to it by descriptions of its unique architecture. I loved the
flowing design, flowers and fountains outside, and bright spaces inside.
Let's start with some
There are at least two public entrances to the library. After circling the
fountain outside, I went up these steps to a patio area:
Statue of William H. Seward, who negotiated the
Alaska Purchase with Russia in 1867
Now let's go inside. I really like
the atrium area from both levels:
On the stairs to the second atrium level
Above and below: The second floor of the atrium wing houses
the Alaskan Collection and the Anna Stephens Room.
Another view from the second level of the atrium
Dome geometrics from the second floor
Doesn't this library look like a really cool place to hang out?? Check
out the official city
website for all the features of this
Tour continued on the next page . . .
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
and Cody the ultra Lab
© 2012 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil