Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Souvenir Sunday at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Anchorage Airport muskox

The last time I flew out of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport my plane-mates were a crew of rowdy guys heading home after a season of commercial fishing.

They’d started drinking long before the midnight flight departed and kept at it until shortly before we touched down in Seattle.

I’m sure a lot of those guys missed their connecting flights. And I doubt any of them took the time to explore the Anchorage airport (beyond the bar) before they left.

If they had, they’d have seen great Native Art, an exhibit about the Alaskan Flag and a wonderful collection of taxidermy wildlife that includes muskox, polar bears and this record-size Kodiak Brown Bear, killed in 1997.

Ancorage Airport World Record Kodiak Bear

Seattle-based writer Pam Mandel of Nerds Eye View recently spent some time in Alaska (you can see her report and her photos on her blog) and was kind enough to snap a few Souvenir Sunday photos at the airport on her way home.

Each Sunday here at Stuck at the Airport is Souvenir Sunday – the day we take a look at some of the inexpensive, offbeat and “of” the city souvenirs for sale at airports.  Pam spotted this postcard attached to some sourdough bread starter  (under $3) .

And packages of both moose and bear “droppings” for the Stuck at The Airport collection of airport “poop” candy:

Candy from Anchorage Airport: moose and bear droppings.

Thanks, Pam!

Polar Bears and Musk Ox at Anchorage Airport

Ted Stevens, the former senator from Alaska who died in a plane crash earlier this week, had the pleasure of seeing a lot of things named for him while he was alive.

The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is one of them. 

Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport

The terminal offers free wireless Internet access and is home to the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame and an impressive display of Alaska Native Art.

Alaska Native Art at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

photo courtesy Kathy Gronau

Photo courtesy Kathy Gronau

It’s been a while since I’ve been up there, but I’m planning to head that way soon.

If for no other reason than to wander the terminal checking out the airport’s collection of taxidermy Black Bears, Kodiak Brown Bears, Polar Bears and a Musk Ox.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Polar Bear

Who says airports must be boring?

Musk Ox on display at Anchorage International Airport

Let it snow

You’d think snow – even a spring snowstorm – wouldn’t get much attention in Alaska. But last Friday the folks in Anchorage got hit with enough snow to set a record for the day and for the month.

According to the National Weather Service, which has an office near the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, 17.2 inches of snow fell in Anchorage and 22 inches of snow fell in northeast Anchorage on Friday and Saturday.

In any “normal” city, that amount of snow would shut down the airport.

Not in Anchorage.

In fact snow has never shut down the airport.

Ever.

And that’s probably why the airport sent out a press release reminding the world that the airport is a four-time recipient of the Balchen/Post award for excellence in the performance of airport snow and ice control.

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