So, I did it. I ran the half-marathon. In 2:07. It was a really great experience, and great training for the full marathon I'm running in October!
We landed in Anchorage, Alaska on the June 21st, the day of the Summer Solstice, and the beginning of Alaska's "Midnight Sun". My mom got in later than I did, and around 10:00 we went out to grab a bite to eat near our hotel at a place called The Bridge, situated over Ship Creek, a stream rampant with salmon. This is how light it was after dinner, around 10:30:
You can see all of the fisherman lined up trying to catch some salmon. A couple of times I saw men hauling salmon half their size out of the water. It was quite impressive!
Seeing all these fisherman inspired my mom and I to order what seemed to be the freshest thing on the menu:
Copper River Red Salmon with a citrus-ginger beurre blanc, tropical salsa, risotto, and vegetables. This fish was incredible. So fresh and buttery (it honestly didn't even need the beurre blanc sauce), it melted in my mouth. The risotto wasn't so good- undercooked and much to cheesy, but it didn't matter because I was really only interested in indulging myself with this salmon. It was a great meal to start our Alaskan journey!
When we finally went to sleep that night, around 11:30, it was still as bright as midday outside. Luckily, Alaska hotel rooms come prepared with blackout curtains- but I still felt my personal clock was completely off!
I will post about my amazing victory feast later, and some of the other seafood I ate!