But on Saturday, I cheated. I wandered into the shiny new SteamDot coffee shop in the Sears mall and ordered an Americano (my new drink of choice esp. with honey and a dash of cream, mmmm).
I’ve always enjoyed meeting people who have just moved to Anchorage, or hearing people’s stories that open with, “I came to Alaska for a visit. That was thirty years ago.” I love hearing about how they ended up here, why they stayed, and what they think of our city.
I’m thrilled to introduce my first official guest poster – my mom! She’s creative and wonderful, and I’m so excited that she agreed to write something for GretchenLovesAnchorage. I hope you enjoy reading about her experience taking doll making classes at Seams Like Home Quilt Shoppe. Today, it’s KayLovesAnchorage!
I recently spent a couple of days with some of the makers and shapers of Alaska’s arts. It was invigorating to meet such a diverse and thoughtful group of people. As someone who wholeheartedly appreciates the arts, I loved the experience.
“There have been hundreds of books produced that feature Alaska’s beautiful natural environment, but very few books have featured the people of Alaska.” – Clark Mishler
Despite the dust, potholes, still-brown-grass, and eau de dog poo in air, I love all the classic Alaska beauty in this picture…
The unplanned days that slowly unfold into the delight of sharing small pleasures and adventures with friends.
I love this piece of art, called “Constellation” – It spans multiple stories (65 feet tall) and is visible from all the main lobbies of the Dena’ina. It’s spectacular. Unfortunately, none of my photos do it justice. Here’s a link to a more talented photographers work: Constellation.
One of my favorite local legends is that of Linny Pacillo. Linny and her sister, Susan, were Anchorage’s parking fairies in the 1990’s. They would dress in tights and tutus, feed parking meters that were out of time, and save countless Achoragites from tickets while protesting the overly strict parking authority. Parking fairies to the rescue!