Having one day to change my mind-set from a quilting retreat to a visit to Alaska to see DS & DIL-to-be, I took a deep breath and got on the plane. A full day of travel from Sacramento to Seattle to Anchorage, saw DH and I landing in the "land of the midnight sun". Actually that should read "land of the 3:00 a.m. sun!" It never got dark there and it was hard for us to get into sleep mode at our usual bedtime.
We were staying in a great B & B in Chugiak that had a very large young moose patrolling the driveway at odd hours. The proprietors advised us to steer clear of him, as moose are considered very unpredictable and dangerous in Alaska!
The beautiful scenery was everywhere. According to the locals, they were having a "heat wave" -- It was about 72 degrees and sunny all the days we were there! Apparently very unusual.
I managed to visit four quilt shops between visiting DIl-to-be's family and friends for great dinners and barbecues of mostly wild game, such as red salmon, caribou, moose and bear, all of which were cooked beautifully and tasted great - well, the roast moose was a little "chewy". I really liked the grilled caribou! The bear was cooked long in a crock pot, sort of like pot roast, and was surprisingly good. There's nothing like fresh red salmon! No more grocery store salmon for us! Two of the quilt shops were in Anchorage; one in Eagle River and one in Palmer, AK. There was a spectacular quilt on the wall of The Quilt Zone in Anchorage that I just had to have the pattern for.
The shop that had the largest selection of patterns by Alaskan artists, and Alaskan themed fabrics was The Quilted Raven in downtown Anchorage. It was a tiny shop but was stuffed with great fabric.
Great trip! It was sooo good to see DH again! He has been gone for nearly a year!