September 2, 2015 – We had one full day before Tony had a few days of work. Fortunately the weather was great, and we decided to do some exploration around town.
Mt Baldy is just up the road from where we stayed (the parking lot also affords a great view of the sunset… we got to see Denali twice on the day we flew in, from the plane and then from this overlook). The parking is just along the side of the road, but the road dead ends at the trail and didn’t get crowded during a weekday. We chose to walk along the flat trail until we found a small pond, then followed the trail straight up the side of the mountain. Our hosts said that they’ve hiked down that way, but I wouldn’t attempt it without poles and boots with better traction. From the top of Mt Baldy we had panoramic views up and down the coast, and caught our third glimpse of Denali. The top has some easy walking, a nice wide flat slightly rocky trail, and views up the valleys on either side of the peak.
Jitters Coffee is a cute little coffee shop near the place we stayed. The drinks are good, and provided some much-needed caffeine. Just south of Anchorage is Potter Marsh, a wildlife preserve with a boardwalk going through the marsh. The marsh is very pretty and peaceful, and would probably have some nice bird watching in the right season. It also has a pretty view of the road that goes down towards Seward.
Since lunch was a picnic eaten during our hike up Mt Baldy, we decided to get Thai food for dinner. We had Massaman curry and rice, soup, and fried pork dumplings (and lots of hot tea). The food was good, we would go back if we were in the area.