One of our favorite things to do is stop by the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. It is a facility that takes in injured or orphaned wildlife and gives them a home forever. I think I heard they have about 200 acres, though not all of it is being used at the present. They have a beautiful little herd of elk.
We were thrilled when he chose to come to our side of the lake and give us a close up of his stately form.
The bears were even more impressive, of course.
I love seeing them play fight in the water. We've seen this in the wild a number of times and it's always so thrilling.
Talk about stately form!
We spent all day at the center. We returned to the bears a number of times. We got to watch them be fed. Frozen salmon was thrown over the high fencing and they chowed down.
This one's my favorite shot.
They have a small garden at the center. I loved these red and yellow stalks. My first thought was that this was rhubarb but on closer look I think it might be kale, since the plant and leaves aren't as big as rhubarb. Regardless of what they are, they're beautiful.
The restaurant is called Chair 5 and Girdwood is a ski resort town.
The first time I went there was in 2004 when I went to Alaska with "the girls". It was a make-up trip for my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and me. The summer before the three of us had set out with The Fisherman to drive to Alaska. We were pulling his mom's brand new travel trailer but got only six hours away from home when we encountered a strong wind that sent us swerving. We ended up going off the road and rolling over. Thus ended our trip.