This was the day for our second land-based concert, The Fourth of July.
On a local bus tour we learned that hikers often wear bells on their shoes to minimize the chance of a confrontation okaywith a bear. Also, that there have been over 100 wildfires (in what area I’m not sure) and that 347 moose had been killed in the year. They maintain a RoadOkaykill List that people sign up for, and take what they get. They do examine the stomachs of the animals to see whatthey have been eating. In brown bears they find mostly evidence of vegetables and berries. In grizzlies they find bells. A plant called Fireweed is prevalent, and is called that because it is the first plant to come back after a fire. It’s also used in cooking.
Alaska is large. You could fit 425 Rhode Islands into Alaska or 2 ½ Texases. It has 3 million lakes, and 3015 miles of coastline. Denali is not the highest mountain in the world, but it is taller than Mount Everest from its base to its summit.
At lunch we met Morna (pronounced Mona), from Australia. She was interested in politics, especially because they had just had an election, and the results were not yet complete or conclusive. The main competition was between the Liberals, and Labor. About our politics, she could not understand, amidst the fraud and other financial misdeeds in the US that have been uncovered recently, why no bankers or financiers actually went to jail. I’m wondering why myself.
At 5:30, we walked up to the Great Room to get ready for our concert, which had been
well publicized at the hotel. The program went well. There was standing room only, and the performance went well. Tears were seen in the audience’s eyes. audience’s Afterwards, many of the singers went to the Grizzly Bar, and when Tony arrived he got a nice round of applause.