Day 36, 7/4/15, Saturday
Weather: Intermittent light showers during the day. Temperatures were in the 60s.
The 4th of July, and the skies did not make for a pleasant parade morning. During the night, the black bear visitor that had been up the tree yesterday had quietly come down and left the area. The manager of the park said to us that she had seen a mother bear and her cub pass by the office this morning. I guess the family of bears got together and decided it was time to vacate the grounds for a while. The “peanut butter lady” told Paul that she intentionally set out the peanut butter because she wanted to see a bear. Tonight she lit a campfire and was reported by another camper. Despite the damp weather, the forest fire risk is extremely high, and open fires (and fireworks) have been banned. Some people are a challenge.
After breakfast, we drove to downtown Anchorage and had no problem finding parking. The parking restrictions were discontinued for the holiday and without the business traffic, on-street parking for RVs was very accessible.
We spent most of the day attending the large market and festival which consisted of many booths of hand-made crafts from the native, Russian, and modern Alaskan cultures. Music was continuously provided in various locations throughout the festival grounds. An extensive area was also provided for food vendors and tables. Gail had a salmon and reindeer sausage quesadilla- delicious! Gail again tested her skill at manipulating the Eskimo yoyo which she had learned back in her Girl Scout days. Naturally, we added a yoyo to our collection of purchases.
The weather continued to be misty and there was no sign of sun making an appearance. When we exhausted our checking out all the vendors, sampled the food, and listened to the entertainers, we walked a couple of blocks back to the RV and returned to the campgrounds.
Gail went up to the campgrounds main building where wifi is available. She wanted to spend some time on the computer checking available information on some of the communities we plan on visiting the coming week. The rest of the evening was spent watching the RV’s TV and the one channel that was available. It was too wet to be outside.
Tomorrow we will be leaving Anchorage and driving about 130 miles south to Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. We are excited heading there where surprises await.
G & P