Fridays with Manny


How To Get Around

This is the second essay about our trip to Alaska. Here is the first one.

When we took a Trolley Tour around Anchorage, we were taken to some points of interest. One of them was an Earthquake Park, which commemorates the quake of 1964.

Another one was to watch the floatplanes. Anchorage used to be called “Air Crossroads of the World”. It was the busiest floatplane base in the world and has more pilots and airplanes per capita than anywhere else in the United States. It also has the largest U.S. Air Force base in Alaska. Anchorage has five sites, where planes land and take off, which is fun to watch. We visited Lake Hood. The seaplane floats that cost between $20,000 and $50,000, which does not include the cost of the parking spot, which are not always readily available. We were told a story about parents, who registered for a parking spot when their son was born. Sixteen years later, the spot was available; however, the young man did not have his pilot license or experience yet. Since then, the rule changed and only pilots who have both can apply. We did not try to fly it but flying on a private seaplane could be a fun way to experience Alaska. Perhaps on our next visit to Alaska. Meanwhile, please enjoy these three images. 

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