Dateline: June 30, 2014
This was the beginning of the end and the beginning of the stress of getting back home. We had about a 45-minute drive into Anchorage, and we had to fill the motorhome with gasoline and with propane before returning it no later than 10:00 AM. We were fine until the Amerigas propane refill station failed to materialize in the location Google Maps told us it would be. A quick phone call to their office revealed that their nearest location was in Wasilla – 45 miles away. “We’ve been trying to get Google to fix that, but they haven’t been responsive,” we were told. So, we had to scramble to find a place for a propane refill, and we failed to make our 10:00 deadline. Fortunately, the people at ABC Motorhome Rentals were merciful and did not charge us the late fee that they could have charged us.
We then rented a car from them for 24 hours in order to enable us to explore Anchorage and the environs. We learned a lot about the 1964 earthquake that devastated most of Alaska.
We enjoyed an earthquake walk with a National Parks Service ranger, Terri Anderson, who showed us places in Anchorage where destruction occurred. Her enthusiasm for her job was contagious! I was surprised to find out that the 1964 Alaskan earthquake was the strongest earthquake in North American recorded history and the third strongest worldwide. Terri told us that one outcome of the earthquake was scientists’ ability to verify their hypothesis about plate tectonics. Prior to this earthquake, plate tectonics had been hypothesized but not empirically verified.
We found our way to Susitna Sunsets Bed and Breakfast where we were going to spend the night.
Our hosts, Lori and DelAnn recommended the Suite 100 restaurant for dinner. E enjoyed king crab legs while I had Alaskan halibut.
Fellow guests at the B&B were the Long brothers and their wives from near Sioux City, South Dakota. Larry and Carol Long are traveling with Lauren and Laurie Long, and they were absolutely delightful. One of the best things about staying at a B&B is the opportunity it gives you to meet and talk with other travelers. The Long brothers are life-long dairy farmers, and for most of their lives they were unable to find the opportunity to get away and do some traveling. They drove to Washington state, took a ferry to Alaska, drove up north through Fairbanks and then Denali, and they are now in Anchorage. They will visit the Kenai Peninsula, the southeastern panhandle, and then drive home through the Canadian Rockies. It sounds like a real adventure. The idea of traveling with your family sounds nice to me.
The B&B was high on a hill looking westward over Anchorage. At 11:30 PM the sun was getting ready to set, and I tried to capture it in a photograph: