Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Seward Highway in Reverse - Ninilchik to Girdwood

Friday, June 26, 2009 – We spoke to our friend Chris about having our halibut shipped to her house since we won’t be home for a few more weeks. She agreed and made the shipping arrangements at the office. We spoke to Bill and Pam and made our plans for the day to head back toward Anchorage with a couple of stops on the way. We packed up and started on our way around 10:00 AM. Our first stop was at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The center is a research and rescue facility for large animals. We saw elk, musk ox, bear, moose, bison, red fox, and great horned owl. It is not quite the same as seeing the animals in the wild but it was neat to see them up close and personal and see all the babies. From there we drove back about ½ mile to the Portage Glacier turn-off. We drove to the Visitors’ Center and discovered that to really see the glacier you have to take a boat tour. I thought it would be fun to do but I got outvoted so we took a couple of pictures and headed on to Girdwood. Girdwood is the foremost ski- area in all of Alaska. There is a nice hotel, The Alyeska Resort, as well as condominiums, shops, and a tram ride to the top of the mountain. The hotel allows RVers to dry camp in their parking lot for $10 per night so that is where we are staying. I heard about a restaurant called The Double Musky Inn that has been rated by Food Network as one of the top ten restaurants in America. They specialize in Cajun cuisine which we both love so we went there for dinner. We shared our entrees of French Peppercorn Steak and Crab Stuffed Halibut. Both of the dishes were superb! At the hotel gift shop I bought the Double Musky Cookbook and the lady said I should take it back to the restaurant and have it autographed. We drove back to the restaurant and the owner’s son who is the executive chef signed my book. We drove back to where we are parked and just relaxed for the remainder of the evening.

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