Yes, it was thrilling, but it was sad at the same time.
|Rhodochiton vine in a planter outside of a hotel in Anchorage.|
Most people wouldn't recommend this, but we were exhausted! We stayed downtown at the Hilton and had a great time.
|A closeup of the vine.|
Anchorage Visitor Information Center.
I can't say enough about its original "green roof".
It very much fueled and gave fire to the pioneer blood in my veins.
With all those extra daylight hours, the blooms are a bit different up North. I don't know how this happens exactly, but I saw it on several occasions and I'll continue to show you images of these amazing plants.
(Yes, I'm sure that these are well fed too.)
|Some Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium).|
Fireweed is by far the most spectacular of all during September and you'll be seeing a lot of it as these posts progress.
This was my honeymoon after all so I tried not to go too crazy with the plant ID.
This one is a smaller bush variety.
Please forgive me. I promise to study.
Makes me happy that they're thinking about the food or lawn question too.
It became so clear to me right away that Alaska is not the northernmost edge of our climate, but that we are the southernmost extreme of its climate. I felt a strong kinship with the region right out of the gate.
A very large part of me felt at home in Alaska. It reminded me of the Oregon I grew up in and the people I knew as a girl.
This was just the beginning though and so rarely am I so comfortable right away in a new place.
More to come...