At Alaska Horse Adventures LLC, trails extend from the stables and into deep woods with mountain views, immersing riders in the natural beauty of the local landscape. Rides are tailored to accommodate all skill levels, allowing beginners to enjoy leisurely strolls along forested trails while advanced riders take advantage of more open terrain, streams, and the lack of backcountry speed-limit signs. From the vantage point of a noble steed, riders can catch glimpses of moose, bears, undomesticated uncles, coyotes, and migrating birds in their natural environment. Alaska Horse Adventures LLC also organizes seasonal activities such as backpacking trips and winter sleigh rides.
In the late 1960s, Anchorage's grocers held a contest to see who could sell the most toilet paper. One of two first-place prizes was $3,000, but the victor chose the other?a baby Asian elephant. He quickly realized he couldn't take care of her, so he put her up in the heated barn of local horse rancher Sammye Seawell. Sammye fell so in love with this small pachyderm that she began housing other abandoned creatures?enough to fill a zoo. More than 40 years later, The Alaska Zoo's keepers and veterenarians continue this simple but powerful mission: to rescue orphaned, injured, and captive-born animals of the Arctic, sub-Arctic, and similar regions.
Today, the zoo?s habitats house more than 110 animals from 53 cold-loving species. In semiaquatic zones, polar bears nap, harbor seals swim, and river otters attempt to solve calculus equations. In terrestrial environments, amur tigers play with a ball attached to a zipline, and black bears lounge in a hammock made from recycled fire hoses. Other habitats house residents such as snow leopards, reindeer, and wolves.
In addition to caring for these animals, staffers conduct Iditarod-focused educational events in March and use animal-themed light displays to celebrate both the summer solstice and approaching winter holidays. They also raise awareness for wildlife through educational programs, such as seasonal adventure camps and zookeeper shadowing, and join in conservation efforts, such as serving as ambassadors for Polar Bears International and the Toupees for Bald Eagles Project.
Luxurious Bed & Breakfast lodging in the scenic and quiet hillside area of South Anchorage. Free wireless internet, full-breakfast, private bathrooms, private jacuzzi, outdoor hot-tub, non-smoking rooms, mountain views, close to trails, golf, and excellent restaurants. 20 minutes from Ted Steven's Int'l Airport & downtown.
Aboard the deck of the Rainisong, a 65-foot U.S. Coast Guard–certified charter boat, the licensed boat captains and experienced crew of Seward Fishing Club steer guests into salmon-rich waters during morning or afternoon fishing trips. Shipmates cast professional bait and tackle into the sea with enough time to nab a silver salmon or entertain schools of fish with synchronized worm kick lines. In between reeling, guests can amble across the walk-around decks to stare at the scenic surroundings, or venture below the cabin to relax in the wooden interior, equipped with seating, 16 bunks, and two bathrooms.
Brewing fresh coffee and pulling espresso shots for foamy lattes and cappuccinos is some of what the baristas at The Moose Shack do best. As soon as customers place their orders, steam begins to rise from frothing wands and freshly baked pastries start their journeys into waiting hands. But there's more to the baristas' groove than coffee. From behind the bar, they also prepare bubbly Italian sodas, fresh smoothies, and honey buns that are carried to tables by their highly trained bees.
The guides at Alaska Horse Adventures lead trail rides year-round, their steeds galloping over lush summer greenery and dancing through winter's silent, snowy woods. Rides might entail a two-hour tour of the surrounding wilderness or a full-day trip that dives deep into the Chugach Mountains. While trotting through fresh powder, gnawing on flowers with your equine, or cuddling up during a horse-drawn sleigh ride, you might come across moose, hawks, and other wildlife. Alaska Horse Adventures also organizes pack trips to help those on longer hauls transport their equipment.