Alaska 101: Lake Hood Strip
Mike and I passed by the Lake Hood one too many times and I always wanted to make a quick stop ever time we were around this area (Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage). What makes this place so interesting is the amount of small planes sitting by the lake. I can’t help it but this place reminds me of Disney Movie – ‘Planes’ too. Later on, I learn that Lake Hood Strip is the world’s busiest seaplane base, handling 190 planes per day. It explains why the planes take off every 5 minutes here. Air Taxi, Airplane sightseeing tour, Flying lesson, private owned planes are all parked here.
Alaska map is very big. And some part of it is only reachable via air or some, it is more economical to travel by air compared to driving. And oh, I would like to highlight again that Alaska is not in India nor part of Canada neither.
The lay out of seaplanes ‘parking lot’ here is very similar to the yacht’s pier.
But I do not want to talk about the number of planes, type of planes or how they operating things here. In fact, the plane is so small, I probably would pee my pants if I fly in one of it. What interests me the most is the scenery around here. It is too beautiful for air plane ‘parking lot’. It is too beautiful, you can find Cabins, Inn and Marriott Courtyard at the end of the lake for overnight stay.
It didn’t take too long for me to notice that every planes and little sheds has a matching color. Little shed’s red roof matched with red tip and stripe of the plane…
Little shed in yellow matched the color of this yellow striped little plane… and the color continues to blue, green, brown…makes a very interesting background for photography.
The skies a little bit cloudy lately here in Anchorage. Or else my pictures will turn out to be breathtakingly beautiful if its set against clear blue skies…
Despite of the sound of rattling plane engine taking off across the lake, this place still giving out the feeling of serenity and calming – perfect for BBQ party or summer picnic.
If any of my friends come and visit me here in Alaska, I would definitely bring them to come here as one of the ‘must visit Anchorage’ list.
Here is a video taken while I was around Lake Hood;