We always look for things that are unique to any area we visit and this time we discovered a new kitchen utensil, the ulu.
I love new kitchen gadgets, even though my space in the bus is limited. On the day before our cruise started, we had Andi’s car in Anchorage and roamed around, mostly downtown. We did some souvenir shopping and just shopping in general. Then we toured the Ulu Factory and gift shop, where we heard the history of the utensil and saw them being made. And since our rule in the bus is one thing in, one thing out, I’m going to have to remove something from the kitchen to make room for an ulu! It had to be in our checked luggage going home, but it’s worth the space.
We’ve heard that there are a few things you must eat if you’re in Alaska and we had two of them for lunch that day, halibut chunks and chips and a salmon burger. I’m a fish lover but I rarely cook it myself so I very much enjoyed eating out in Alaska!
Thursday evening Andi dropped us off at the Marriott where our cruise gathering would be held the next morning. We were so glad to have spent time with the Nations.
One of the things we enjoy about our travels is getting in touch with people we know when we are traveling in their area. We weren’t able to actually visit with Perry and Jan Melton who live in Palmer but LeRoy talked to Perry on the phone. We attend church with them in Tucson in the winter. Our last night in Anchorage, we had dinner with Laura March, a young woman from our church in Wichita who is a surgical nurse in Anchorage.
It was so much fun to hear about her adventurous life here in Alaska, kayaking, hiking and paddle boarding. She’s planning to move back to the lower 48 sometime in the fall, I think. Best wishes, Laura!