We had left Valdez on Tuesday, 7/28, and arrived in Palmer, Alaska, on Wednesday, 7/1. Palmer is about an hour's drive to Anchorage, and we could definitely tell we were back in civilization. We had some chores scheduled for our stay in Palmer, such as Cody needed a vet appointment to update his annual shots, very important for allowing him to cross the border into and out of Canada to come home. Also, he desperately needed a good bath and grooming as he was starting to look a lot like Sasquatch and, I dare say, smell a little like him also, LOL.
We found large supermarkets here as well as pretty much any kind of chain-store shopping and fast food restaurants you could want in nearby Wasilla. I was particularly happy to find Fred Meyer's, an affiliate of Kroger, where we could use fuel points for a gas discount. But the biggest score for us was finding Boarshead deli meats and cheeses. Life is good again, LOL. For activities we visited the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters- no dogs, though, we'll see them in Denali - there was the first "Friday Fling" market and food truck gathering in Palmer that was fun, and we drove up the beautiful Hatcher Pass and took a tour of the nearby ghost gold mine at Independence Mine State Historical Park. July3 we move on to Anchorage for the next five days, where we will be meeting my brother who is coming to spend a couple of weeks with us as we visit the Kenai Peninsula and the fishing begins in earnest!