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Alaska’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 10 Jun 2012

Location: USA

MapSaturday’s Post:
Leisurely woke up this morning as we simply wanted to be at Saturday Market by 10 a.m. With a little extra time before Gwynne and Dylan dropped me off at the Bearor’s hotel, they dropped me off at Walmart to do some shopping: shoes, scrapbook for Dylan, celery, limes and Zing-Zang for cocktails, yarn….things are typically cheaper in Anchorage than Ninilchik area.
Had breakfast with Pam at their hotel whilst we waited for John to pick up their rental car at the airport. Timing ran smoothly and we proceeded to the market where we spent two hours and lots of money, ending our excursion with the famous salmon quesadillas. These delectable items originally cost $3 when they opened their booth. In 2009, they were up to $7 each. This year, they cost $8 and had a variety that went up in cost from there. I purchased a pair of Walrus whiskers earrings, only natives can sell such a thing….they are lovely…picture to follow. I also purchased a book to read. Yes, a book to read. An Athabascan woman has written a book of her life growing up in a village on the Yukon river. In addition, I bought Gwynne a seal skin thimble since she lost the last one she had.
We hit Turnagain Arm highway and stopped at Portage Glacier expecting to see our usual display of icebergs in the water and eat blueberry pie at their café. There was a lone iceberg with temp 49 degrees, chill factor much lower with wind blowing off the glaciers and mountain snow. The blueberry pie was a disappointment….guess you can’t always ‘go back’.
Thirty minutes later we were at Summit Lake Lodge where we stayed in a nice cabin, had happy hour in the Bearor’s cabin (bloody Marys), then dinner in their restaurant. The lake was serene. To bed by 8:30 pm. Tomorrow (today) we finally get to Ninilchik, our home. (Jennifer)