I’m retired and I travel and I make stupid lists. That’s kind of my thing. Nearly every trip gets a Bucket List and I thought I’d share with you my Anchorage Bucket List to give you some ideas on (1) what you can do in Anchorage and (2) what life is like when you’re retired and you travel and you make stupid lists.
Thriftygal’s Anchorage Bucket List
1. Strengthen three friendships with people I know in Anchorage.
One of my favorite discoveries about life is understanding how to make friends. In a nutshell: ask people to do things with you, make fun memories together, hang out, share confidences and then, often,
I had three friends I acquired along my life path that I wanted to hang out with in Alaska – a flight attendant friend I’ve known for ten years and a married couple I met at that fabulous financial retreat known as Chautauqua three years ago. Fun word, but hard to spell and (if you’re contemplating) an event you should absolutely attend. Absolutely.
2. Biking. So much biking.
I had no clue that Anchorage boasted such a tremendously fabulous system of bike paths. Did you? Perfect, gorgeous, accessible and shockingly thorough bike trails + ready access to a bike and a biking buddy or three = daily bike rides = happiness.
It’s just math.
Apparently, in the winter, the bike paths also double as a cross-country skiing trail. I want to go back just to try that now.
3. Locate and gawk at a moose in the wild.
While out biking and strengthening friendships, I did this easily on three separate occasions. Bam, memories!
The world is freaking beautiful.
4. See a bear. Preferably wild.
This is a picture taken in front of my friend’s house one Saturday morning.
5. Really, any wild animal would be delightful.
Smug Stellar’s Jay feels entitled to food.
While out biking, I saw some type of owl. I don’t know birds, but people stopped to stare at it.
If you drive south along the Seward Anchorage Highway, you can spot bald eagles.
Stop at Beluga Point. Beluga whales frequently hang out there. It’s aptly named.
A bit farther south on that highway is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The lucky people here take care of “sick, wounded & orphaned animals.” They’re not wild, but you can see bears, foxes, and a smelly porcupine named Snickers.
6. See the Northern Lights and cross off that life bucket list item.
Stupid moon. This is the only one I didn’t cross off.
7. Chop some wood.
Quintessential Alaskan activity, no?
8. Watch the airplanes take off from the park by the airport.
It’s called Earthquake Park. The sunset is also super pretty over the water there.
9. Learn to knit.
This also feels like an Alaskan activity. I learned how to make these booties in about a week.
10. Some sort of water activity.
I did some packrafting at Portage Glacier.
You can also do glacier tours, sailing, or fishing if that’s your thing.
11. Ride a mechanical bull.
I’m not sure why this wasn’t on the life bucket list. Find a bar that has this and go do it too. It’s fun!
12. Learn about some natural features.
There’s the bore tide which is just one long continuous wave. It doesn’t break until like, ever. People surf on it. Or paddleboard.
There are also mud flats which is basically quicksand. It’s not just in cartoons apparently.
13. Every trip activities
These are the things I try to do on every trip I take.
- Get a pair of earrings.
- And a postcard.
- Wander around the grocery store.
- Take a picture of a cat. My instagram is basically “cats around the world and other stuff”
So, how much did 2.5 weeks in Anchorage cost me?
Flights into and out of Anchorage: ~$100 (miles and buddy pass)
Entertainment and food: ~$460
Lodging: $0 (friends)
Not too shabby. I always type that in a British accent.