Have you even been to a Botanical Garden where there are 2 Bear Warnings before you get inside the gate? And, it’s enclosed in a high chain link fence? Jurassic Park feeling, right?
Anyway, we went to the Botanical Garden today. 100 acres. Lots of natural (ungroomed areas), lots of trails leading off several directions, and beautiful flowers, plants, and trees. Some were labeled, some were not so names are mostly not included.
Canada Dogwood is ground cover!
One of my favorite!
These little flowers were clustered together and the size of a dime. (total size…not each flower).
And we wandered around the roads near the gardens, and found a wonderful overlook of Anchorage and Cook Inlet. Mostly overcast weather!And, tonight, we look forward to visiting with a friend that just flew in from Jacksonville. He flew in to enjoy a week or so of fishing!
Raymond and I hope to participate in a Half Marathon in all 50 States. Soon we’ll join the club “50 States Half Marathon”. We signed up months ago and even though we had a few delays we arrived in Anchorage on time. Race Day weather was Rain and 48 degrees! That didn’t stop us! Rain Gear was a blessing!
Before the race began, I met Robin and with similar strides we walked and talked during the whole 13.1 miles. The miles flew by!
The views along the path.
Then we arrive at this narrow muddy path and you’d think we were doing a Mud Run – slipping and slidding, hills, people falling….we got through without falling but I’m not sure how.
I glance around the surroundings (once in a while) and what do I see? A Moose and her calf. Got a few quick pictures, since none of us wanted her agitated. She was only about 60′ off the path.
View of downtown Anchorage – where the race began and ended. We still have 2 miles from this point.
But, in the end, Raymond and I both finished!!!! The times weren’t great but it was fun! The hills were grueling (as they stated in the race brochures) – it lived up to that!