Visit Anchorage: It’s a Big Wild Life!

Wow. It was 64 degrees in my car this afternoon in Anchorage. Windows down. Shades on. Really. Anticipation is over–I think summer is here!  Above, another GREAT aerial shot from my friend Bob Kaufman of Alaska.org . Taken around 10:30pm on April 19, 2012.

Down on the ground, there’s plenty going on! Our friends at Visit Anchorage put together a great list of events each week. Check it out.

Here are a couple of the ones we like RIGHT NOW:

1. First Friday. It happens every month–and Fri., May 4 will be festive indeed. In downtown Anchorage, many galleries host receptions and feature local artists, including:
Aurora Fine Art: Karen Olanna wood block prints from Nome, AK
Sevigny Studios: featuring Cindy Shake!
G St. Fox: Oil Painter Gail McDowell
Snow City Cafe: Infused glass works from Patrice Higgins.
Octopus Ink Gallery: silver and  glass jewelry by Catherine Stewart.

2. Native Youth Olympics. THIS WEEKEND in ANCHORAGE! More than 500 student athletes will demonstrate their strength, agility and skill in traditional games including the Alaskan High Kick, Seal Hop and more at the 2012 NYO Games Alaska. NYO Games foster teamwork, leadership, cross-cultural standing and respect. Event highlights include the Opening Ceremonies with the 2012 Grand Entry of Teams, dance and entertainment performances, the 2nd Annual Pilot Bread Recipe Contest and the 2012 Opportunities Expo featuring resources that help prepare young athletes for future success.

Hey–are you planning a visit to Anchorage?  Visit Anchorage has a handy visitor’s guide–and it’s free. Order it here. And if you come–stop by and take my dogs for a walk. They love exploring the trails along the Turnagain Arm–no, really. It’s EPIC! Above, right, one of our beasts, Tanya, takes in the view overlooking Turnagain Arm. It’s like this EVERY DAY in Anchorage!!

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