Day 7 – San Francisco to Anchorage, USA

Highlights: The Sun shining at 12.30 am at night in Anchorage

Said a last goodbye to San Francisco with an early 6.20 am start. The next major part of this trip will see many early mornings as I get in touch with nature.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be back to San Francisco. It’s a very cool place and I recommend it but the world is a big place and life is short.

At the airport I had to pay a bag check in fee ($20) and I had no lounge access! Back to being a regular traveler, kind of sucks with long waits. First flight on Alaska Airlines went smoothly enough which left me with a 4 hours stopover in Seattle.

While waiting I had time to reflect on life and those around me. I have some truly great friends but I’m starting to realize there are a few people, mostly at work, who are either taking advantage or don’t appreciate what I do for them. I’m considering whether I should be more self-centered and if so would this make me a bad person??

Seattle Airport
Impressed with the facilitates of this airport.  During my 4 hour Seattle stopover I used the free WiFi (Australian Airports take note) which allowed me to stream ABC News from back home making the four hour plus stopover much easier.  Did a few laps of the airport with the heavy day-pack (I always keep the laptop with me when traveling on planes) than I went an wasted the physical effort with a stop at Wendy’s for a double cheese burger combo.  I’m my own worst enemy with since things.  Still I managed to track down a power outlet to power up my iPhone for inflight games and music, I counted 6 rare locations in the entire airport.

We had a last-minute plane substitution and major gate relocation.  This didn’t argue well for my bag in transit making the flight.

It was a totally full flight to Anchorage.  A young girl asked me to swap my window seat that I allocated 5 months ago so she could see Anchorage on landing in her first ever flight.  I agreed and was meet with looks of surprise and amazement for our fellow travelers.  the flight attendant even offered my free drinks, not sure why it was a big thing but the young girl was very happy.

A 3 hour 10 minute flight, they have no inflight entertainment, only paid meals and two free non-alcoholic drinks.  Shows both Virgin and QANTAS domestic flights in a good light.

Landed around 9.30 pm and a quick call to the hotel saw the courtesy shuttle arrive 15 minutes later.  After check in t the very nice Clarion Hotel I did a quick look at e-mail via the free WiFi (which I’m finding is very common in USA).  However with the sun shining I decided to explore Anchorage at 11 pm.  The town is around 200,000 people and is very small when you think of the biggest city of a state.

It felt strange that most shops and buildings were closed until I recalled that it was close to midnight.  The sun shining so brightly does confuse you!  The area around the city looks magnificent, hopefully I’ll get a chance to explore when I return in a few days.  A long day, but a very comfortable bed saw me off to sleep with the sun shining at 12.30 am.

About Nathan

An Australian World traveler who has been fortunate enough to experience 70 countries so far.
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