September 1, 2015 – After all the excitement of PAX, it was time to head out to a new state – Alaska! The views from the plane were fantastic, we had bright, sunny weather and clear views of the inner passage. We were on the right side of the plane, and couldn’t believe the scenery as it came into view – water, mountains, snow, and no man-made structures in sight.
Once we got our rental car the first thing we wanted to do was find some food. The Glacier Brewhouse fit the bill – actually, the food was so good we went back three more times during the trip. The ambiance is like a national park lodge, with a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, wood-fired grill, lots of wood and an open kitchen area. We started with the calamari, which was lightly battered, perfectly fried, and served with candy-like jalapeno chips. The star of the lunch show was the grilled Alaskan salmon, served with mashed potatoes and veggies. Louisa went with the halibut fish and chips; it was nicely done but I’ve discovered I’m more of a cod fan.
We headed north towards our Airbnb stop in Eagle River. First was a stop for a short, fairly flat and forested hike to Thunderbird Falls. The trail is pretty, with a few views over the ravine and a nice waterfall at the end. Relaxing coffee at Sleepy Dog Coffee and a nice dinner at Shines Asian Fusion (delicious tea, curry, and Pad Thai) rounded out our first day in Alaska.