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Let me know if you have any questions or need any more details. Here’s the highlights…
Day 2 – Got up and drove to Seward while stopping at a Salmon hatchery in Anchorage but didn’t see any fish then headed to Potters Marsh where we didn’t see any birds so that wasn’t a good start to my wildlife I wanted to see. We stopped at the Animal Refuge and saw all sorts of animals there and it was a neat place. While we were driving we saw another sign for salmon swimming so we stopped and that was cool to see. They also had a pretty park area and there was a glacier near by that we drove near. We hiked Exit Glacier and to my husbands disappointment we couldn’t touch it. It was still really neat to see up close and it was a nice hike. Leaving there we saw a bear cross the road. At that point I looked like a total tourist. I forgot where we had lunch I’ll have to look it up. We checked in the hotel and then went to dinner at Ray’s.
Day 3 – This was our glacier boat tour and we were warned that there was a storm coming in and we might not have a full day, but we still took a chance. Made it all the way out to the coast and had to turn around at 6-8 foot seas with gust up to 61 mph. Another boat made it 5 miles further and turned around at 12 foot waves. Sooo no seeing the glaciers and hearing the ice cracking for us. Got back at 4pm instead of 8pm. Since it was raining when we got back we went to the Sealife Center. I expected it to be bigger, but the indoor bird area was really cool and had to be my favorite part.
Day 4 – It was raining in the morning, but that was no big deal since we were driving to Denali (7 1/2 hours with all our stops). Started out at 51 degrees and ended up in Denali at 65 degrees. First stopped in Anchorage for lunch at Moose’s Tooth. Their beer was really good and so was the pizza. Drove down to Talkeetna which was a waste of time except we got some good views of the mountain. Went into Denali park and got to see lots of moose, bunnies and beavers.
Day 5 – We did a flight tour of Mt Mckinley and got to land on a glacier. So amazing how the clouds roll in so quick. They said we were lucky because some of the other flights they would have to cancel due to the weather. I got to be the co-pilot on the way back because the guy sitting up there was annoying everyone. We got back and had a late lunch at the Salmon Bake then headed back in the park to find wildlife.
Day 6 – Had a bus tour of Denali park scheduled (wild tundra wilderness tour) and must have picked the perfect day because we saw lots of wildlife. Our tour guides name was Clay Walker. Don’t think he knew what we were talking about when we mentioned the singer, but it was still funny. That night we ate at the hotel. The rockfish dinner sounded good but they were out so I stuck with a seafood pasta. Food was ok but overpriced.
Day 7 – Took lots of pictures outside the hotel then headed back towards Anchorage and ate at Glacier Brewhouse. I think by far this was the best meal we had on our trip. Caught our plane to Seattle and checked in the hotel at 10:30pm. Ignore the excess of mushrooms I had to get some good shots for a photo contest.