Trip Log: Tuesday, July 9, 2002
After breakfast in the dorm cafeteria (oh what memories that dorm food brought back) we went on a rockin walk around the rocks (the University of Alaska, Anchorages fantastic rock garden) where we met Phil and a host of other residents with remarkable past lives. Phil is a gorgeous hunk (of petrified wood, left) and aside from Phils enormous size Phils claim to fame was that he was found standing straight up.
Next on our days itinerary was Anchorage from a geologists perspective with Anne Pasch as our guide. The effects of the '64 earthquake could still be seen geologically as well as structurally. We also learned about faults and that it isnt always the shaking that does the damage. We saw the evidence still (almost 40 years later) of the landslides and earth slips that broke apart buildings and pushed houses onto the mudflats.
Next was an interesting lecture on the dangers of Death by Sucking Mud at the mud flats and we saw an up close and personal view of the struggle between economics and a geologically unstable area at the condos by Elderberry Park. (Hey, Anne we learned something!) A picnic lunch by the side of the road and a Rent-a-Can stop (thats what they call Port-a-Potties in Alaska) was next on our Anchorage tour.
A walk through Earthquake Park brought us to our first mosquito encounter. Hey, what was up with stopping for the lecture in the middle of the swarm? Just getting us exposed? Preparing for life on the North Slope? Thank you Chris and your 100 DEET. You saved us all! Rock collecting on the beach and we called it quits for the day.
P.S. On the way back to UAA, Janet saw two moose but the rest of us were too whipped to turn our heads for a look.
Reporters of the day: 4 of 10 and 3 of 10 (AKA Pat and Phelana).
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