A Travellerspoint blog

Day 26 - Sunday 24th May 2015

Anchorage to Vancouver

overcast 16 °C

We had a sleep in today and skipped breakfast, we slept until 9am as we had until midday to check out of our hotel. We did another repacking of baggage to try and even the weight between bags as we were flying out of Anchorage late afternoon. We finally packed the car and checked out at 11am. We didn't have a lot of time to roam around as we had to drop the rental car off before our flight.

We hadn't eaten, except for a banana in our room, so went in search of a cafe. The one we were recommended ended up being full and had a 45+ minute waiting list so we tried elsewhere. We,stopped at the Alaskan Mint as Vicky wanted to buy a souvenir for her dad who collects coins. She ended up buying 2 coins that were made there on the premises.

Still had no luck finding a cafe but then noticed that behind the street we were in they were having markets. We walked down there and found the food stalls and decided on a Po boy roll each, mine with shrimp and Vicky's with catfish. I also got a corn dog and Vicky bought something called a chimney cake, more out of curiosity but she enjoyed it. It was a bit cold and I had no sweater and the dark clouds threatened with spitting rain so we walked back to our car.

We found a petrol station to fill up and drove to the airport which was only 15 minutes away, then we checked in the rental car and then proceeded to the terminal. We checked in our three suitcases and had Starbucks coffee as we had time to spare. It allowed us to catch up on our diary and travel blog. Our flight left Anchorage 4:45pm, it was a 3:15hr flight to Vancouver. Somehow the flight arrived early. That seems rare, we had touched down in Vancouver around 30 minutes early. The airport seemed dead inside, no people and no shops open despite it only being 8:30pm, certainly seemed weird. We grabbed our luggage and passed through customs quickly. Even our rental car wasn't ready as we hadn't anticipated being there that early. Eventually we got our car and headed towards the city.

We hadn't eaten on the plane and I only had the one meal at midday at the markets in Anchorage so by now I was hungry. As we drove towards the city we found a Vietnamese restaurant so went there for a late meal, it was already 10pm. Food was great and huge portions, probably ate too much for that time of night. We made our way to the hotel we'd call home for the next three nights, the Blue Horizon on Robson St. We didn't need to have stopped for dinner on the way as all around the hotel were restaurants and cafes all still open. We got an 18th room with a balcony, our views North were of the city buildings and a tiny bit of the harbour, we could also see East downtown. Even though it as late we wandered down to the corner store to pick up some fruit and supply of water for the next few days. It was after midnight before we finally got to bed, tired after another day of travelling.

Posted by Ace from Oz 18:20 Archived in USA Tagged alaska vancouver anchorage

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