Web Log Entry #0009, Wednesday, November 20, 2002: Day 2
Anchorage Sunrise: 9:17am Sunset: 4:11pm High Temp: 39° Low Temp: 28°
The roads were clearer this morning, but still mucked. I suspect that they'll be like this from now until June. I tried a different route today, which is all surface streets, and doesn't involve a freeway overpass. My driving might be described as elderly, but I get where I'm going. I assume the Alaskans will drive slower when the snow is hip-deep, but I have no evidence of that.
I walked up the block and across the Old Seward Highway to the other nearby store, the Natural Pantry. It turns out to be the Nature's of Anchorage (for those unfamiliar, Nature's Fresh Northwest is an Oregon-originating natural food store (once a quaint, slightly funky group of stores just in the Portland area, now a subsidiary of Wild Oats, a faceless corporate conglomerate). So within a block from work are TWO stores to get supplements and natural foods. What are the odds? I stocked up on frozen waffles and post cards. Walking back, I realized the similarity between Anchorage and LA. People don't seem to walk here. There are sidewalks, but they get little use. Granted, people don't walk here because it's icy cold, slippery and covered with road grit, and people don't walk in LA because it's LA, so it's not exactly the same. I bet it's different in the summer.
© 2002 Evan M. Nichols