About 40 miles south of Anchorage is the small community of Girdwood. Like many of the small villages and towns in Alaska, Girdwood got its start when someone came to pan for gold. In this case, it was James Girdwood who came 1896. Today, Girdwood enjoys tourists during both winter and summer. Surrounded by Chugach National Forest, hiking trails are numerous, fishing is a favorite, and for bicyclists there is the Bird to Gird biking trail. In winter, there are plenty of cross-country ski trails as well as downhill skiing from Alyeska Ski Resort.
|The rest of Girdwood|
Our other stop in town was Crow Creek Merchantile. It’s the only grocery around, but by looking at the prices, I’d say you might be better off to drive into Anchorage. We were hoping for an assortment of food, hardware, sundries, and gifts, but about all we found were groceries and toiletries.
The flowers, even along the roadside, are just beautiful. The fireweed and daisies have about taken over. The businesses and townships also decorate with flowers, making an ordinary stroll along the sidewalk a remarkable experience. I couldn’t resist making a few more pictures.
|Alyeska Resort Hotel|
Tomorrow, we’re moving up to Wasilla.
That’s it for today. Thanks for tagging along.