So, we've been here a week, and we discovered that all the rumOrs are true. It is cold all the time, the snow when we arrived was pathetic, and there really is a gigantic mountain range around the city! We were trapped in a fog for a few days, but now that it's lifted, we've realiZed that the state is even more beautiful than just our car park.
After a couple of lessons, Daniel felt confident enough to drive on the snowy streets. After four days of snowfall, our first problem was de-snowing the car.
Then we had to work out how to fill up with GAS, without an attendant! Once we were up and running, we took a drive south out of Anchorage on the Seward Highway. (There is only one highway...) We got as far as Girdwood, and we were treated to a spectacular sunset along the cold, rough, ice-floaty sea, with majestic white peaks all around.
On Sunday we actually took to the slopes of one of these peaks (just a little one, mind) and tried our hand/ feet at skiing! What a rush! It was one of the best afternoons we've had. Daniel mastered it straight away with his fearless 'where's-the-biggest-slope?' attitude, while I adjusted a little more slowly, often on my rear end! By the end of the afternoon, just as it was getting dark, we were zooming down the floodlit slopes, finally beating all those little kids...