Re: LOTM in Vanity Fair

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Posted by Chris on November 01, 1999 at 23:19:44:

In Reply to: Re: LOTM in Vanity Fair posted by MMMMarcia on November 01, 1999 at 08:36:59:

: My father was stationed at an Army post in Whittier, about 60 miles from Anchorage, when I was 12. A long time ago, yes, but I was old enough to remember it very well. I was there from November through April or so...the PEAK months, eh?? It was a fascinating place...we could watch whales from our apartment window overlooking the harbor.

: The port has long since closed, but my memories of the big, turquoise glacier behind us and the harbor in front of us are quite vivid. Dark every day by 4:00pm, and no dawn until about 10:00am. Snowflakes the size of half dollars which did NOT melt when they landed on the harbor water. The occasional moose. And for some strange reason, I remember LIMPETS. They were all over the stones in the stream nearby. I thought they were so interesting. The snow was so deep, we had to go through tunnels to get from the apartment to the PX and school, etc. And the General's house had a big ol' pole on top of it with a red flag on it, so that if the house was buried during the night, they could find it and dig him out the next day!!

Oh, my dear Marcia! Whittier in the winter??? Now I'll admit, the scenery is breath-taking, but the ambiance... I mean, what can you say about a town where all the buildings are concrete bunkers?? You poor thing. You will simply have to come back sometime and see the real Alaska.

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