Ralph Melton (ralphmelton) wrote,
Ralph Melton
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Alaska Trip Notes

I'm being really slow about posting entries about the rest of my Alaska trip, so I'm posting my notes. This might help me post entries from a different computer, and it might help me remember things once if I don't get entries posted.



7/4/09:
Fireworks

7/5/09:
DosBox for Frac
Celebration

7/6/09:
all-day flying

7/7/09
Palmer Museum
Palmer Colonial House museum
Musk Ox farm
Reindeer farm
halibut dinner - halibut baked in cracker crumbs, halibut grilled with cajun seasoning, halibut with crazy salt, halibut in foil with onions,
Headline: "Yup, it's hot: Tuesday hits a record 80 degrees"

7/8/09
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Aurora film
dinner at Sourdough Mining Company -- barbecued brisket for Ralph, fried halibut for Lori
Alaska Wild Berries--chocolate fountain

7/9/09
Iditarod Headquarters
Hatcher Pass
Independence Mine
moose near the road on way back
halibut tacos

7/10/09
Anchorage Museum of Art and History
Lunch: Muse (museum cafe) - golden seared scallops on angel hair pasta for Ralph, roasted beet salad and smoked salmon BLT for Lori
Anchorage shops -- Oomingmak, gift shops
Phyllis's - seafood salad for Ralph, crab cakes for Lori.

7/11/09
Train trip to Denali National Park
Bartender with curled mustache, guide who had yachted around the world
Breakfast on train: eggs, potatoes, reindeer sausage
Steward, Alaska: "husband gets elected every year, but he screws up and the wife impeaches him"
Lunch on train: reindeer chili, "key lime torte" for dessert
Curry, Alaska
Cantwell, Alaska: electricity -> TV in the bar -> America's Most Wanted -> bartender is wanted felon -> mayor gives tour to FBI agents -> mayor arrested for real estate fraud
Joke about railroad employee in moose suit
Denali: walked from WAC down to Glitter Gulch for horse carriage tour (which we missed), did shops, weighed down by gym bag
Dinner: Salmon Bake: King Crab Legs and pecan pie for Ralph; halibut crusted with parmesan and asiago, peanut butter brownie torte for Lori
To hostel

7/12/09
Breakfast at Creekside Cafe: eggs, reindeer sausage, hash browns for Ralph, pancakes and ham for Lori
Shuttle bus tour to Eielson: saw specks that might be sheep, caribou, grizzly bear with cubs. Didn't see Denali
Lunch of snack food
Dinner at Overlook -- charred burgers
Dessert at Creekside Cafe: "Wilmer Family's special strawberry and rhubarb coffee cake" for Ralph, carrot cake for Lori

7/13/09
Breakfast at Creekside Cafe: Oatmeal with blueberries and brown sugar for Lori, biscuit and gravy for Ralph, giant cinnamon roll shared
Sled dog demonstration
Train to Anchorage -- no air conditioning
Lunch on train: seafood salad sandwich for Ralph, smoked salmon spread for Lori
Dinner on train: Cod tortilla soup and fettuccine with vegetables for Ralph, pork ribs for Lori; dessert: fruit of the forest pie

7/14/09:
Trip to Seward
Lunch: Fred Meyer
Alaska Sealife Center
Tiny house in Seward
Dinner: Chinook's: Seafood Sauté plus $7 king crab for Ralph, Smoked Salmon Pasta with $7 king crab for Lori
Trivial Pursuit

7/15/09:
Sea life cruise
Captain missing two arms
Lunch: bagel and tasty smoked salmon
seabirds
sea lions
glacier
whale with calf
porpoises
sea otter
Dinner at Apollo: (see iPhone)
trip to lodge
broken car door
lodge

7/16/09:
Halibut fishing cruise
Captain Travis and Adam
Joe and Hector
massive seasickness
"I've put more into the ocean than I've taken out, and I might still be having more fun than shopping with my wife."
58-inch halibut
beating halibut to death "not more halibut than you can shake a stick at"
Dinner: Sourdough Express in Homer: burrito for Ralph, grilled salmon for Lori. Dessert: bread pudding for Lori and Frances, Rhubarb-strawberry crisp with raspberry for Ralph

7/17/09:
Jaden crawling
Adam: "Thanks for the crabs and the fishin' and baitin', thanks for the Meltons and the Graves and Jaden"
Drive back to Anchorage/Wasilla
Lunch: Summit Lake Inn: Halibut tacos for Ralph, ranch chicken sandwich for Lori
Dinner: Glacier Brewhouse: wood-grilled salmon on rice cake with roasted corn and grilled asparagus for Ralph, wood-rotisserie chicken quarter for Lori. Dessert: bread pudding for Ralph, peanut butter pie for Lori
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