(19 August 2019) Our original plan was to take the Alaska RR back to Anchorage, but it didn’t leave until 6pm. Changed to the Alaska Park Connection Motorcoach. Fancy words for a bus that travels between the major tourist areas. The bus left at 10:45am, giving us time for breakfast and checkout.
The Windsong Lodge hosts some of the cruise ship passengers, so occasionally it would get crowded. Most of the time, we had the place to ourselves.
The bus ride was just over two hours long, and it was fine. We saw some of the same sights as we did on the RR, but visibility was poor. There were wildfires all around, and the smoke was getting worse as the week went on.
This was an uneventful travel day, and we checked back into The Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. We had dinner at the Crow’s Next atop the hotel. I thought I had a photo showing how smoky it was in Anchorage, but apparently not. Let’s just say, it was so smoky we weren’t 100% sure we would be able to fly to Lake Clark the next morning.
Lou chose the Bison Fillet, and he said it was quite good.
This concludes our first week’s adventure. We loved our time on the Darby with Captain Colin and Alex. We weren’t too excited about the RR trip from Anchorage to Seward, but glad we did it. The Windsong Lodge didn’t quite live up to expectations, but we had a clean room and delicious bar food – not all bad, for sure. The Alaska Sea Life Center certainly exceeded expectations. Our second night’s stay at the Hotel Captain Cook was excellent, and we won’t hesitate to book an extra day or two in Anchorage. A great place to relax and either prepare, or recover from the rigors of our extreme adventuring. (Yes, that was said tongue in cheek.)
Click HERE to board Alaska Air Charter’s Cessna 206 as Kyle flies us to Silver Salmon Creek. A second week of fun awaits us (and you, hopefully).