Up early, after the (long) previous day of travel. Spoiled by Con with real sourdough fresh blueberry pancakes, bacon and eggs for breakfast. Lots to do in preparation for the season opener of duck season in Alaska. Luckily, there is a Cabela’s store now open in Anchorage. I love Cabela’s. And what, do you ask they have in a Cabela’s in Alaska? Beluga whales and bush planes hanging from the ceiling!
Luckily, Cabela’s is pretty much a one stop shop. I was able to get my non-resident license along with state and federal stamps; shotgun shells and we were ready to roll. Con had to fly out a load of supplies to the Duck Shack (including Phil) so I was able to go meet up with my newphew Darren for lunch on short notice. While meeting with Darren I asked if he knew where my dad’s old duck calls and his hunting hat were. Turns out he did, he ran to the back r0om and came out with my dad’s chest. Darren gave me 3 of his old duck calls (one of which I was able to use on this trip). Unfortunately, the had (which had seen better days) had been tossed out a while back. I was hoping to hang it on the wall of the Duck Shack as a tribute.
After lunch, I picked Con back up and were were off to the races shopping and getting chores done before departure. In the evening, Con and Becky made a delicious dinner of fresh salmon. Kurt, Brooke, and her father joined us.
After dinner, Kurt, Brooke and I met with with Eric G (aka Evil Eric) and we hit a few of the downtown sites including 49th State Brewing Company and the F Street bar. Below is the view from the patio on the roof of 49th State Brewing at sunset.