Super Bowl 50 Commercial Recap

February 7, 2016 – Today is Super Bowl 50.  We’re fans of Payton Manning and Wade Phillips, so we’re hoping that the Broncos manage to win.  (Congratulations to Denver on a great win!)

Best overall: Budweiser horses

Why: Michelob Ultra, LG (aka waste of Liam Neeson)

Just why: Snickers and Wilam Defoe, Gospel choir and Apartments.com, Wix.com

Biggest waste of advertising dollars:  Jack in the Box

The camera was definitely moving a bit too fast: SiFi

I don’t know what just happened: Avocado in space commericial, We were talking about beige socks then it became a Kia commercial (also, best use of Christopher Walken)

Slightly funny: Hyundai and vegan bear who wasn’t really vegan but was just pretending because his girlfriend was, Steven Tyler and Skittles, Prius

Actually funny: Doritos (baby), Steve Harvey and T Mobile, Turbo Tax and Anthony Hopkins

Best soundtrack: Jeep, PayPal, honorable mention: Acura

I don’t think it means what you think it means: Audi

Cute animals: Marmot, Doritos puppies, Dacshunds with floppy ears in hot dog outfits (particularly the little tiny puppy)

I don’t know what’s going on: Square Space, singing sheep in Honda

I’m not the target audience: Shocktop, Buick, Dollar Shave Club, Bud Light, Triplets and banking commercial, Fitbit

People doing cool tricks: Advil

Just insulting (aka Because apparently people in apartments don’t buy anything aka The Almighty Dollar): Quicken Loans

I don’t know why I like it: Mini Cooper

Working and a bit of Exploration

September 3-4, 2015 – We spent a few days working from the dining room table in Eagle River, with a puppy to keep us company.  Tony’s fighting some illness (sinus infection is our best guess; by the time we get back home it will have morphed into pneumonia); at least there’s a Walgreens at the bottom of the hill. We tried to do some interesting things during lunch hours, including trying out a nearby Korean restaurant, Johnny Woos, with very good hot ginger tea, little pickled veggies and kimchi, and meat and rice entrees.

There were a few low-laying clouds during the week.
There were a few low-laying clouds during the week.

Earthquake Park is a pretty park on the edge of town.  You can see where the Easter earthquake moved quite a bit of land out into the bay. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail goes all along the water; we picked it up in the middle of a disk golf course.  Watch out for moose – we almost ran into a mama and baby moose.  The baby was very cute, jumping out from behind the mama to see what all the fuss was about.  Mama was tall; very, very tall when she stood up.  We wasted no time in backing up and putting some trees between us and the pair. Kaladi Brothers makes a good coffee or espresso drink, depending on your preference.  We enjoyed ours after the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail walk, before heading back to Eagle River.

It may have been a rainy day.
It may have been a rainy day.

These few days are colder (in the 40s) and rainy/windy.  Apparently rain and wind don’t bother Alaskans, so we attempted a very short (very windy) walk down a nearby trail.  It’s quite pretty, but maybe not with all the wind plus being sick.  We did enjoy the views of the tundra with the changing colors, and being easily above tree line. Other restaurants we enjoyed in Anchorage included the Rustic Goat and Spenard Roadhouse.

Around Anchorage

September 2, 2015 – We had one full day before Tony had a few days of work.  Fortunately the weather was great, and we decided to do some exploration around town.

The flora on the tundra was at its fall peak.
The flora on the tundra was at its fall peak.

Mt Baldy is just up the road from where we stayed (the parking lot also affords a great view of the sunset… we got to see Denali twice on the day we flew in, from the plane and then from this overlook).  The parking is just along the side of the road, but the road dead ends at the trail and didn’t get crowded during a weekday.  We chose to walk along the flat trail until we found a small pond, then followed the trail straight up the side of the mountain.  Our hosts said that they’ve hiked down that way, but I wouldn’t attempt it without poles and boots with better traction.  From the top of Mt Baldy we had panoramic views up and down the coast, and caught our third glimpse of Denali.  The top has some easy walking, a nice wide flat slightly rocky trail, and views up the valleys on either side of the peak.

We had a great time watching birds and scenery at Potter Marsh.
We had a great time watching birds and scenery at Potter Marsh.

Jitters Coffee is a cute little coffee shop near the place we stayed.  The drinks are good, and provided some much-needed caffeine. Just south of Anchorage is Potter Marsh, a wildlife preserve with a boardwalk going through the marsh.  The marsh is very pretty and peaceful, and would probably have some nice bird watching in the right season.  It also has a pretty view of the road that goes down towards Seward.

BUNNY!
BUNNY!

Since lunch was a picnic eaten during our hike up Mt Baldy, we decided to get Thai food for dinner.  We had Massaman curry and rice, soup, and fried pork dumplings (and lots of hot tea).  The food was good, we would go back if we were in the area.

Flying to Anchorage

September 1, 2015 – After all the excitement of PAX, it was time to head out to a new state – Alaska!  The views from the plane were fantastic, we had bright, sunny weather and clear views of the inner passage.  We were on the right side of the plane, and couldn’t believe the scenery as it came into view – water, mountains, snow, and no man-made structures in sight.

There were plenty of ocean and mountain views from the plane.
There were plenty of ocean and mountain views from the plane.

Once we got our rental car the first thing we wanted to do was find some food.  The Glacier Brewhouse fit the bill – actually, the food was so good we went back three more times during the trip.  The ambiance is like a national park lodge, with a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, wood-fired grill, lots of wood and an open kitchen area.  We started with the calamari, which was lightly battered, perfectly fried, and served with candy-like jalapeno chips.  The star of the lunch show was the grilled Alaskan salmon, served with mashed potatoes and veggies.  Louisa went with the halibut fish and chips; it was nicely done but I’ve discovered I’m more of a cod fan.

One downside of posting these a few months after the actual hike is remembering how warm and green the hike was.
One downside of posting these a few months after the actual hike is remembering how warm and green the hike was.

We headed north towards our Airbnb stop in Eagle River.  First was a stop for a short, fairly flat and forested hike to Thunderbird Falls.  The trail is pretty, with a few views over the ravine and a nice waterfall at the end. Relaxing coffee at Sleepy Dog Coffee and a nice dinner at Shines Asian Fusion (delicious tea, curry, and Pad Thai) rounded out our first day in Alaska.