Amber and I were housemates in the "casita" 15 years ago when we went to Portantorchas together in Costa Rica. It was fun having breakfast and catching up on where she is now.
Thursdays are homeschool day at Dahlia's house and between the 4 families we had 20 kids there! It was high school history so all the big kids were downstairs and of course babies don't do Legos, but all the middle group of kids were here. How do you catch kids? Apparently put out a big pile of Legos!
Cory found a book with ideas and created this zip line for some Lego guys. Later there was even fishing line strung between the porch railing and the cabin down below and/or the garage farther down!
I really really couldn't get enough of this view.
Too bad one of the few days we had nice weather was a school day because most days the view looked more like this.
I failed to realize that Alaska summer ends at the first of August so when we arrived they had had weeks of lovely weather and then it rained half the time we were there. Whoops! Will plan better next time (and oh yes, there will be a next time!)
Friday the 29th is our anniversary so the kids stayed at the house while Brian and I drove in to Anchorage for the afternoon. Or I should say evening since it was almost 6pm when we found a parking space, but the light was still throwing me off so badly it felt like mid-afternoon!
Dessert first at the Cake Studio on 4th St. If you ever get to Anchorage I highly recommend it! This was my vanilla mousse chocolate bomb. Then some cool art (it's a special trip tradition) from the Sevigny Studio next door, and finally dinner at the Glacier Brewhouse.
There was a very long wait unless we wanted to sit in the bar. Sometimes it pays to be out without children! I had fresh halibut and Brian had steak. Once in a long while a very fancy dinner tastes amazing! Usually we decide we could have made it better at home for less, but not this time!
After dinner we went down to the "waterfront", if the mud flats can be called that!
The train from Fairbanks was pulling in when we hit the Coastal Trail. My parents have ridden this a couple times and the colors are so different than the trains we have around here that it was fun to see.
Just for fun we sat and waited for sunset and watched the planes come in. The airport is off to the left, south of downtown. I really couldn't believe how incredibly flat the whole bay and valley around Anchorage are.
Unfortunately this is all the sunset we got and below the spot where you can see it, it completely disappeared behind the clouds and didn't give us anymore colors. But I did notice waaaay off in the distance that you could see a snow covered mountain range. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me until I used my zoom lens and could actually see defined ridges. Too bad we never did get a clear enough day to see Denali.
On the way home we saw a moose on the side of the freeway, but thankfully it didn't decide to cross! And then we got home at dusk... or 11:30pm!