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    making ALASKA plans

    my dearest friend in Alaska is moving to WA at the end of Sept so I have decided NOW is the time to head back for a long visit! I will be in Anchorage from 8/23-9/5 and then out to Bethel to visit from the 5th-10th before heading back via Denver!
    I know we will be working at the State fair a few of the days during labor day weekend...but the rest of the time will be spent SEEING Alaska again...

    anyone here want to meet up at a quilt shop or two..I know we will be driving out to Nikiski for sure...and all of Palmer/Wasilla, and who knows where..heheheh

    I can hardly sleep thinking about it...

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    I wish I could! Had 2 daughters who lived in Anchorage for about 12 yrs and I loved visiting for long periods, like 6,7 or 8 weeks at the time,several times. Beautiful place and I just loved it there. Best wishes for a wonderful trip and hope you have lots and lots of fun.

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    DH and I have always talked about hopping on a cruise ship to see the glaciers up there. So far, we haven't quite made it. I want to see the whales and the blue in the glaciers. You have quite a drive ahead of you! Where in Washington is your friend moving?

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    If your heading to Nikiski make sure you stop by the fabric store in Kenai. I used to love to drive over to it when I lived in Seward. She had so much fabric I always had a very hard time making up my mind. Sure do miss it, wish we had one like it here in North Florida.

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    Before you sign up for a cruise, look into the Alaska Marine Highway. More afforable and you will get a much closer view.
    Was going to go but our plans were canceled.
    What I have heard about cruising Alaska is that when these mega big cruise ships pull into a port that the towns ccan't really handle the rush and you end up waiting in line anywhere you go (to lunch, shopping)

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    Have a great time.

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    Skagway, visit Rushin Tailor Quilt Alaska, it is only a few blocks from where the ships dock and is a wonderful store. They also have a great web site. Anchorage has several quilt shops but you will need a car to visit them. If you are in Homer there is a hardward store that has lots and lots of fabric in the back and very helpful employees. There are fabric stores in most of the cities but you need a car.

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    Sorry you can't get to Sitka.... great quilt shop there.

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    Hubby and I and my sister and her husband went to Alaska in 2009. We flew to Anchorage, rented a car and spent 13 days driving and sightseeing and staying at B&Bs for the most part. It was wonderful. We made a big circle up to the Denali "highway" and west to the Richardson highway, Seward, Valdez, ferry to Whittier, 3 nights in Homer, Girdwood and back to Anchorage. Stopped at many, many places in between these highlights. Saw moose, black bear, grizzly bear, sea lions, whales, caribou, salmon run and so many other things it still makes my head spin. Had a new camera and telephoto lens and took over 1700 photos. I did the driving so that when I wanted to stop and take a picture I could stop without talking someone into stopping. Did manage to find a few quilt shops but can't remember right now just where they were. I do remember that the Ben Franklin/hardware store/everything shop in Homer had a wonderful selection of all types of fabric. We went in mid August had a ball! The weather was good and the blue in the glaciers is amazing. Brother-in-law was sure I had a photo of every glacier in Alaska. We even saw Mt McKinley/Denali which is usually covered in clouds. We stopped on a bridge to get a photo, the clouds parted until I got several good pics and then the clouds closed in again. Loved that trip!

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    I would LOVE TO GO back, I've been there twice, and made most of the quilt's shops. My son and family live at the base near Anchorage, and we are planning a return trip fall of 2013. Enjoy yourself and I will be thinkin about you.
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    I have been there twice for the whole summer. They have a shop hop where you buy a block from each of the shops. If you cannot get to one you can order it. I loved the one they did in 2008. But the one last year was applique and I do not do that. I have not looked at what the patten is this year but I am sure you would be able to find it on the internet. That also gives you a list of shops and where they are. Have a blast. I am sure you will enjoy it.
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    I am so envious. We lived in Eagle River for 14 years. So sorry we left but life changes . We miss it sooooo much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaHen View Post
    If your heading to Nikiski make sure you stop by the fabric store in Kenai. I used to love to drive over to it when I lived in Seward. She had so much fabric I always had a very hard time making up my mind. Sure do miss it, wish we had one like it here in North Florida.

    I always stop in at Robins....

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    it is official...I will be in Anchorage at 2am on Aug 24th and will stay there until Sept 5th, when I will head out to Bethel, and then on Sept 10th I head back home....

    I sure do hope I can meet up with a few of you in Alaska...I know I will be working at the State fair a couple of times, but trying to keep my plans OPEN and easy going so I can VISIT!

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    Ok, I just have to ask, I know its gorgeous, but why, in the name of heaven would you want to visit someplace where its freezing cold?? I live in Illinois, i don't want to go to another cold place, i want warmeth, lol, oops its hot as blazes now, but anyway i would freeze my tush off, well I would like to visit the shops.
    Well, i hope you have a great time and be safe. Take lots of pics
    Mary

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftymatt2 View Post
    Ok, I just have to ask, I know its gorgeous, but why, in the name of heaven would you want to visit someplace where its freezing cold?? I live in Illinois, i don't want to go to another cold place, i want warmeth, lol, oops its hot as blazes now, but anyway i would freeze my tush off, well I would like to visit the shops.
    Well, i hope you have a great time and be safe. Take lots of pics

    you have not been Alaska in the summer I gather...when it is 80, it is HOT....and it can get up to 90 in the Matsu valley..though usually not at the end of Aug...but one can hope....heheheh.....now when I lived out in Bethel, and I spent 4-6 months below freezing temps...like say -30-50...that got crazy for a poor old southern girl like me...but I hated the dark more than the cold...which by the way...it is DRY out there. zero humidity...so anything below 0 is just another number...you don't feel any difference unless the wind blows..ehhehe

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