...with a husband and 5 sons, I am truly outnumbered....stories and thoughts on life from a mom in a houseful of little men!

Friday, February 17, 2006

This one is for Jodi!

See Jodi? We really do eat moose burger, and we're proud of it!

Interesting that you made that comment about us "really living in Alaska" today (Friday the 17th,) on a day that we immersed ourselves in the history and legend of this great state... The boys and I had a field trip today, to the Knik Museum. It is located in just one of a handful of buildings still left standing at the "Old Knik Townsite", just a few miles down the road. The building is 100 years old, and used to be the place where everyone would be--the life of the town--the pool hall. Knik used to be the place. It is hard to believe that this little ghost town is actually the reason there is a city of 300,000 people (Anchorage) just across the Inlet from here. Formerly, the city we now call Anchorage, was nothing other than the spot ships bound for Knik anchored--hence, "Knik's Anchorage" it was called. The ships would anchor there and smaller boats would bring the goods across Knik Arm (Cook Inlet) to the port at Knik. Later when the railroad was built, people gradually moved from Knik to be nearer to the train. Knik just sort of died away. Meanwhile, Knik's Anchorage began to spring to life, and the "Knik's" portion of it's name was dropped. There's your history lesson for today! Anyway, I really did enjoy the museum today. It brought back to life all the excitement we first felt when we moved here eight years ago. Afterward, I couldn't resist stopping by the turn-out which overlooks Knik Arm. The tide was in, the sun was shining, and the mountains loomed in the backdrop of it all. This is truly a special place to live.

1 comment:

Jodi said...

Wow, what a GREAT place to live! Last night I asked my husband, "If we didn't live here, where would you choose to live?" One of the places he mentioned was Alaska. But the reason we got started on that conversation was because it's been so cold here this week and we were dreaming of places where winter doesn't last half of the year . . . and well, I think Alaska is out on that count. LOL

But . . . I definitely want to visit you up there sometime soon! Thanks for the special picture! :-D