Yesterday was one of those fabulous Alaska summer days -- 70 degrees, a perfect beautiful blue sky. And I didn't have to be in the office all day.
So what do you do with more than 19 hours of sunshine and freedom? You start with breakfast on the deck and spend as much time outside as possible. Lexy, Don (the in-laws), Gina and I spent some time cleaning up a portion of the bike path near our home.
Eventually, we worked our way to the Fancy Moose lounge at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel. Actually, we ended up on the patio. While the service was a bit slow, it simply gave us more time to enjoy both the sunshine and floatplanes taking off and landing from Lake Hood, the busiest floatplane base in the world.
More than once our conversation was interrupted as a floatplane buzzed over the hotel and patio on its descent toward the lake. It was a welcome interruption; actually, it's the biggest part of the charm of dining at the Fancy Moose.
Lake Hood should be on every visitors' itinerary, even if you aren't hopping aboard one of the floatplanes for the ride of your life. All the summer activity at the lake is amazing. Many of the trolleys that operate from downtown include a visit to Lake Hood. And while you're there, why not rent a bike from this guy? Or you could rent a bike downtown and ride out to Lake Hood.
No matter how you get there, make sure you visit Lake Hood. And if it's sunny, spend a bit of time sipping a beer or munching on the onion rings at the Fancy Moose.