Many are indeed planning a vacation around this trip. We recommend the
week prior to the conference. Try the Kenai Peninsula and Kenai Fjords
National Monument, and nearby Prince William Sound (accessed out of
Whittier) has wonderful glacier tours as well. Denali National Park is
a long trip (5 hours by car) from Anchorage but will likely only be
open a short way into the park at that time of year (please research)
but the scenery is great up north as well.
As for Captain Cook, there are several hand-printed copies of his 1784
"A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.." accounts in town, and you'll be
conferring on the shores of Cook Inlet, situated immediately next to
Turnagain Arm, so named for scrawl made on the map as they probed for
On Friday, January 27, 2006, at 11:28 AM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
> At 03:06 PM 1/27/2006, Bob Curtis-Johnson wrote:
>> It's not Bermuda, but it's not the North Pole either. This year we
>> had sunny weather in the 50F range during early October. No snow
>> until November. Anchorage is at sea level, so no altitude issues.
> I did notice that the conference was a month earlier in 2006 - but
> maybe that's for the same reason that we have Thanksgiving in October
> rather than November here in the Great White North.
> Seriously, temperatures in Anchorage are often similar to Toronto (the
> fifth largest city in North America for those who are counting -- so
> it seems lots of people can survive the "legendary cold" as Nancy
> White wrote in one of her songs).
> In the spirit of promoting the conference - I don't know whether I
> will come or not -- I would like to suggest that you take as many days
> of vacation around the conference as you can because I have not found
> a place with more drop-dead-gorgeous scenery than Alaska. It just goes
> on and on. Some research and planning is in order, because it is such
> a vast area, but there are many different options for sightseeing
> cruises, flightseeing, driving trips, and other ways of enjoying
> oneself. For serious research of ALL there is to do, the Alaska
> Milepost book is a phenomenal resource.
> I am planning on a summer 2007 trip to Alaska with my family - the
> only reason it's in the summer is ''cause the kids are out of school.
> My wife and I, before kids, spent a US Thanksgiving watching bald
> eagles in Haines and then flew up to Fairbanks (which has truly
> legendary cold). While it was in the 20sF the first week of December
> (1990) in Anchorage, it was -40 in Fairbanks. Now, that's cold! But,
> that's the interior. Anchorage has the moderating effect of the nearby
> ocean in Knik Arm.