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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!


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Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on June 23, 2013 at 1:56pm

Hmmm...Just read my last line.  Clearly, I meant DS and not DH.  DH has been with me for 33 years now!  Funny the things you don't see when you write!

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on June 20, 2013 at 5:00pm

I was so impressed with the photos, especially of the gorgeous quilt, that I went onto the shops website and sent a message to the owner asking if she does mail order.  I think I may be able to purchase a couple of the patterns.  Thanks so much for posting.

Comment by Barbara Graham on June 20, 2013 at 4:42pm

Glad your trip was great fun. I think I'd have bought that pattern myself. It's certainly a beautiful quilt. And yes, moose are cranky and huge, not to be trifled with.

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on June 20, 2013 at 12:14pm

What a wonderful trip!  Thank you for sharing.

Comment by Bonnie on June 20, 2013 at 11:38am

I stopped at the Quilted Raven last week when we were in Anchorage on vacation.  Oh, the choices!!

Comment by Kathryn Benson on June 20, 2013 at 9:42am

So you went to the Quilt Zone. The pattern you bought was an original design by the store owner, Diana.  She does amazing things!  I am currently working on another of her original designs which has been in progress for about two years now. I'm glad you hit our good weather.  We are all so enjoying it after our long winter, 231 days of snow on the ground.

Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on June 19, 2013 at 5:28pm

Thanks for sharing your trip Carol, we were right along with you in your story.  Alaska has pulled so much more interest since the population has grown over the years and many of us would love to have been in your shoes and experienced what you did.  The pics are awesome!!

Comment by Donna Sykes on June 19, 2013 at 5:00am

Sounds like a great trip. Your pictures are beautiful. I would like to see a moose someday. That quilt in the first shop is really nice. Hope you get the chance to make one. Share when you do.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 19, 2013 at 4:55am

Sounds like a wonderful time!  So glad you had the opportunity to go.  Hmmm, a vacation on top of a quilt retreat.  How did you survive the excitement?  :D  

Comment by Irene Gallway on June 19, 2013 at 3:50am

Alaska is a State I have longed to go to but have yet to go.  The scenery is beautiful in your pics.  I agree with the advice about moose.  They can be dangerous.  I had one in my back yard a few years ago and I was able to get a fairly close picture of her but was ready to take cover if she showed any signs of coming my way.  We have moose and bear in town frequently.  Their habitat has been cut down with the paper mill here.  It's a shame how they have to come into town to find food.  Especially the bear.  They destroy birdfeeders and we have been asked to take them in at night to avoid the bears hanging around.

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