We have officially been in Anchorage since Sunday June 16 at 3:00pm. Since then, I have been adapting to the Alaskan way of life.
First off – it has been hot. Like, temperatures reflecting those in the South hot.
This article from the Anchorage Daily News verifies my claim. Somehow, we brought the heat with us. Since it normally doesn’t get this hot (temps are typically in the 60s!), no one has air conditioning. Literally every store is out of fans.
Luckily, people are dealing with this heatwave wonderfully. I have seen so many people out riding bikes (many people bike to work! so neat.), enjoying picnics in the many many many parks, and going for runs.
We enjoyed the heat by going to a fun carnival that I spotted in one of the local parks.
I love amusement parks, and temporary carnivals that test the laws of gravity and feel like they could fall apart at any moment often give me an adrenaline rush. So even though Matt had a rough day at work, I insisted we go to cheer him up.
We rode the Zipper:
And another ride called the Apollo.
After those two, Matt didn’t feel so hot, so we relaxed on the Ferris wheel.
So that was the end of the carnival.
We’ve also become Costco members, like so many fellow members of the Anchorage community. If you aren’t sure what a Costco is (I wasn’t), it is basically a giant warehouse where you can buy in bulk for
cheap affordable prices.
Oddly, I think I’m doing it wrong. The first time I went, I bought shampoo, conditioner, and a 5 pack of those Eos lip balms (for only $10!). The man in front of me in the checkout line had 2 pallet carts of fish, fresh veggies, and toilet paper.
The second time I went, I bought hangers.
The lady in front of me bought, well, everything.
The cool thing is there is a restaurant inside where you can get a huge hot dog and a fountain drink for only $1.50! So clearly, this may be our new date spot. (In all reality, we did do dinner there on Sunday night, so that isn’t too far off.)
But living in Anchorage hasn’t been all roses. There have been some noticeable downsides:
- Verizon isn’t up here. Verizon is our cell provider. You can see how this would be problematic.
- Sirius XM doesn’t work up here. Literally, they won’t even let you sign up with an Alaska address. We now have to figure out radio stations and get used to (ugh) commercials again.
- Internet: AT&T doesn’t service our area. So we are going to have to go with a company charging $100/month for slow service.
- Sweet Tea withdrawals: This is really just Matt. We have found the McDonald’s sells sweet tea though, so I feel like that may be Matt’s new spot when he needs a southern fix.
Other then that, I am so excited. The weather is beautiful, and I feel so lucky to get to see these amazing mountains every day. The grass is green, the sky is blue, and the Starbucks cake pops are just as delicious (I may or may not be eating one as I write this post). I think we’re going to have an amazing time up here.