Now you know that I wouldn’t come back from a two week vacation without hundreds of pictures, right? In fact I wasn’t even the worst at being trigger happy because my dad had over 900 on his camera card! Of course there were a few hundred that were just moving shots or blurry images thanks to the movement of the train and bus, but hey got to catch ’em all.
As noted on Monday, the first week was spent with Un-Cruise galivanting about Fairbanks, Denali, and then to the Knik River Lodge by the Knik Glacier. This last spot may have been a favorite because of the glorious mattresses and the SLED DOGS!!! If you ever have the opportunity to meet sled dogs and ride with them, throw caution to the wind and go.
Wednesday was one helluva travel day since we got up at the crack of dawn (5:30) to enjoy a 6 hour bus tour out of the park, 4+ hour train tour to Talkeetna for dinner, and then 2 hour bus trip to our final destination. In the end it was all worth it because we witnessed several more bouts of wildlife, enjoyed a walk and tasty meal Talkeetna and made it to Knik River Lodge by bedtime.
^^ Yep, this is downtown. With a population of about 876 (back in 2010), no need to spend more than a meal in Talkeetna. However, if you are interested in camping, that’s a different story.
This was the view from our adorable little hut along the Knik River and Glacier. Each hut could house up to one or two beds and I do declare they were the most comfortable beds I have experienced. Meghan and I took to running two of the mornings that we stayed because well, it was week 1 of marathon training and I was already behind.
Along with marathon training came some hiking or rather “bush-wacking”. This entails one pushing through bushes without a very well defined path in order to reach your destination. Rain pants are a must in this situation because otherwise you will have countless scratches, bruises, and even bug bites from the contact and exposure.
^^ 3 miles round-trip (1.5 up and 1.5 back with 1hr 20 up and 1hr back) for this beauty. It would have been 10x better had there not been mosquitoes waiting around for us but who am I kidding?
^^ Don’t you like my outfit? Keeping things real attractive in the Alaskan countryside.
After our jaunt up the mountain, it was time to grab a quick lunch and then off to see the doggies! There were about 4 groups visiting the group of dogs on the glacier throughout the day and we happened to be #3. Fingers and toes were crossed that the weather would clear up because group #1 wasn’t able to land the helicopter due to the grumpy clouds chilling in the sky. I know it’s for precautionary reasons but it would still suck to go all the way up and not be able to see them. Not to mention hearts and souls crushed. (minor exaggeration…maybe)
Just take a look at that blue in the glacier!! Fun fact – the blue color is actually what’s reflected within our eyes and not the actual color of the glacier. Neat, right?
Just two sisters getting along for 13 days of very very close proximity together. 😉 My dad actually asked me if I brought any clothing that didn’t have a November Project tag on it. Um, yeah sorry no. Guess it has to go in the Christmas card (again).
Final dose of Alaskan adventure coming your way Friday!
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson