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Travel Day: Seward to Anchorage

(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).

Let’s go to Alaska

Note – if you arrived here via a link we provided to read about our Seward & Kenai Fjords Adventure, you will find a link at the bottom of each post that takes you to the next post in the series.

We’ve already teased you with some of our Alaska trip, but it is time to start the chronological review of the trip. We do this as much for ourselves, as for friends and family. It is fun to go back and review years later.

Our flights were long but smooth. We arrived in Anchorage around 6pm and taxied to The Hotel Captain Cook. This is a very nice hotel, and one we would stay in again (we did stay later in the week, but I mean on a future trip). We headed up to the Lounge at the top of the Hotel, where we had our traditional celebratory toast to the start of the trip.

Here is a view of Anchorage from the top of the hotel. Remember this, because I will share another pic at the end of the week.

We had to be up and out of the Hotel before 5 AM the next morning to catch the Alaska RR train to Seward. Check out our baggage … we always give the kids a hard time about their luggage. We outdid them, but it does include two photo bags.

We already shared photos from the train, but here is one we missed. Taken when we went down to have breakfast in the dining car … Lou and his usual early morning happy traveler face 🙂

Will pick up the next episode in Seward, as we prepare to set sail for a four day tour of Kenai Fjords National Park.

Click HERE to see the next post about our Alaska Adventure. Note – I am backtracking you to our Alaska RailRoad trip from Anchorage to Seward, but after that you can come back to Seward.