Travel journal: UND in Alaska (current six:45 pm) – Grand Forks Herald


Update: six:45 p.m. Friday (CT)

I know that I reported adjusting to Alaska time is simpler than going again to Central time, but I did wake up vibrant and early this morning — following not significantly snooze — since my body was continue to on Central time.

I made the decision I’d go come across some coffee, so I still left the lodge.

A several methods into my walk, I read another person say my identify. I turned around and it was one particular of my outdated Herald co-employees, Kevin Bonham, and his wife, Pam. Bonham, of training course, was our excellent region reporter for a lot of a long time and a fantastic all-around co-employee. They have been up in Alaska to go to and go to the hockey games, significantly like a lot of other UND followers.

Following morning skate, the media crew went to potentially my preferred restaurant on the highway, the Glacier Brewhouse. We saw two other teams of UND followers there, too.

A single dude came down from Denali Countrywide Park, exactly where he life. He’s a now-retired UND grad who labored with the parks. He reported it was a five-hour trip to Anchorage. He generally listens to games on the radio, but has routinely traveled, too, hitting all of the recent NCAA Frozen Fours.

I do not think I have at any time run into this a lot of UND followers up right here, so it could be fascinating tonight.

The Glacier Brewhouse once again sent an awesome meal — herb crusted refreshing Alaskan Halibut.

Following lunch, the sky eventually commenced to clear. It experienced rained the whole time we experienced been right here. So, Midco’s Darren Lien and I walked down to the inlet, exactly where the snow-capped mountains have been seen in the background. Terrific watch.

Now, it is really time to get completely ready for the activity.

Photo one: Snow-capped mountains driving Cook dinner Inlet.

Photo 2: The media crew (from still left: radio play-by-play male Tim Hennesy, sports activities information director Jayson Hajdu, workforce health care provider Greg Greek, Lien and myself) at the Glacier Brewhouse.

Photo three: Herb-crusted Alaskan Halibut from the Glacier Brewhouse.

Update: one a.m. Friday

Excellent morning from Anchorage, Alaska.

It really is not constantly easy to get up to the 49th point out, as we expert firsthand Thursday.

A delay out of Grand Forks prompted us to overlook our connecting flight to Anchorage. Fortunately, the Delta individuals at GFK have been great in placing us up to capture a afterwards flight from Minneapolis to Anchorage (I was possessing visions of becoming pressured to push to Fargo and fly as a result of Salt Lake City and Seattle).

This is my fifth trip to Alaska (fourth time to Anchorage, once was to Fairbanks). I believe this is the next time I have been ready to fly direct from Minneapolis. Other situations, I went as a result of Seattle.

This was absolutely the best six-hour flight I have at any time taken. The plane was so empty that I experienced my individual row. We experienced totally free live Television set, so I spread out and took command of all a few TVs in my row. I watched Patriots-Buccaneers on one particular, Louisville-North Carolina State on another and our flight tracker on the third. That created the time fly.

This is the only flight trip of the year that the UND hockey workforce would not fly a constitution. It really is too high-priced. So, the workforce still left Wednesday on commercial and practiced at an arena future doorway to UAA’s Sullivan Arena.

On the way residence, they will be spread out on unique flights, since they were not ready to all get on the same one particular.

I think the biggest adjustment in going to Alaska is the a few-hour time adjust.

I constantly get a bit weirded out when I have lunch, get again to the lodge and start off observing school hockey scores updating at three p.m. But that is when the East Coastline games start off out right here. Faculty football games will get going at eight a.m. and NFL games start off at nine a.m.

Staying a night time owl, I have constantly experienced a pretty easy time adjusting to Alaska time, but a tough time adjusting again when I get to Grand Forks. I truly feel like I am keeping up right until four a.m. each individual night time (which would be one a.m. in Anchorage).

We transpired to arrive in Anchorage on an interesting day for its people.

Currently is PFD Working day.

Everlasting Alaska people been given $one,100 currently in an yearly payout from the Alaska Everlasting Fund Dividends. Several individuals told us that this generally success in individuals going mad paying out income.

“Never be stunned if you see individuals partying like mad downtown,” our Uber driver reported.

Payments are down this year since of point out-extensive finances problems, although.

I obtained right here in time to seize a pizza down the road at 49th State, but I am previously on the lookout ahead to Friday’s lunch.

I am guessing we’ll end up at the Glacier Brewhouse, one particular of my preferred dining places on the highway. I haven’t experienced a terrible meal there however, and I have tried just about every little thing on the menu.

The final time we have been right here in 2012, I knew UND and Anchorage have been splitting into unique leagues and I failed to know if or when I’d be again. So, I ate at the Glacier Brewhouse four or five situations.

If my flight was any sign, there will be some strong UND guidance in Anchorage. There were a bunch of individuals carrying UND equipment on my flight.

Curiously plenty of, our flight attendant graduated from East Grand Forks Senior Higher along with Dixon Bowen’s parents, Jeff and Dawn. She also went to UND, although she’s not positive she’ll be ready to capture Friday night’s activity, since she has a flight early Saturday.

I hope everybody stays up late and logs onto the live blog site for the games this weekend. I’ll have tons of coverage there. I’ll also update the off-ice adventures right here, and if you might be a Facebook person, you must ‘like’ my web page and I’ll have some live online video from Sullivan Arena.

But for now, it is really time to snooze.

Deal with picture: A moose greets you as you land at the airport.

Photo one: Bears are in the foyer of the lodge.

Photo 2: A flight map to Anchorage.

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