So, first full day in Anchorage!
Stage 1: Jet-lag. Yes, we all were up at about 6am; body says “Hey, guess what, it’s 10am!” The 4am sunrise (combined with the 11:30pm sunset) doesn’t help. Still, the view takes some of the sting out of it:
Several of us then went to find coffee. Turns out, Anchorage has a critical need for coffee before 8am, but not a large supply – little coffee kiosks everywhere, but none open. Oh well!
After that, we went to get breakfast. Out favorite from last time, Snow City Diner, had a 90-minute wait. Hm! Time for a backup. We went and found a spot Duncan had scouted the previous day – Cafe Amsterdam. More on them later, but for the moment, I’ll just say it was an excellent breakfast.
Afternoon was largely spent free-form. Haldis and I explored Anchorage a bit. They like their bears here.
Quick stop at Humpy’s Alehouse (excellent menu of local beers, great root beer), then back to the hotel for a bit.
Evening was a shopping trip… La Bodega, a fun local liquor store with a growler bar. They had Taza Chocolate! Odd to see it so far from home. Then, speaking of chocolate, we hit Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge. Everyone enjoyed some rich drinking chocolate (think hot chocolate, but without milk or water. Consistency of motor oil). Delicious, and extremely spicy.
We also decided to swing by Cafe Amsterdam again, since they had an intriguing beer list. Unfortunately, they were closing (Sunday, after all). Fortunately, the owners recognized us from earlier, remembered us talking about the beer menu, and invited us in! What followed was some extremely tasty beer, and discussion about Alaska and its brewing scene with some incredibly nice, down-to-earth beer lovers. Really hoping we can make it back at least once more on the trip. Heck, I want another one of these:
Anyways, ended with a relaxing evening back at the hotel. Day two – up to Wasilla for some Iditarod!