This day calls for a day at leisure, but we have scheduled a Jet Boat Adventure for later in the afternoon.
There is a program scheduled by the Rangers that sounds interesting, so we go. He talks about a typical day in Alaska and with humor, covers such things as waking up late to get to a noon appointment on time only to discover when he gets there that it is really midnight. Hard to tell when the sun doesn’t set! What to do if you encounter a bear, stuff like that. It was good. Then he had a nature walk scheduled so I went along for that, since it’s another pretty day, though cool.
These little flowers related to dog woods are familiar from my childhood years in Maine.
Back at the lodge I check email and enjoy the fire in the big stone fireplace in the great room. This is a very homey spot and folks gather to play cards and visit. There is a big deck facing where they say the mountain is – it’s still not visible – and no one called last night to say it was.
Our Jet Boat Adventure is in Talkeetna which is over an hour away by bus so we head out for that after a late lunch. Dinner will be late! The last shuttle bus heads back to the Lodge at 9. There are three rivers at Talkeetna and I think we were on them all, but I am not sure, maybe only two. the word “Talkeetna” means where rivers meet. We saw evidence of beavers along the shore and we saw eagles.
The boat was going a little too fast for a good shot of this one,
but this is pretty good of a nesting eagle.
The salmon were not running yet and we did not see any bears. No moose either. The boat IS pretty noisy, but fast and fun!
We stopped to visit a replica of a trapper’s camp a short hike up from the river, there were LOTS of mosquitoes. This is the first time though that we have been really bothered by mosquitoes! I have repellent wipes that take care of the problem.
The building on stilts is the cache where food is kept safe from bears. There are stove pipes at the tops of the log supports to keep bears from climbing in. The stuff growing on the roof helps to insulate and absorb moisture and prevent leaks. Inside the cabin were furs of all the varieties of animals, our guides laid them out on the hitching post rail for identification.
Before getting back to the dock, we were treated to a glimpse of the top of Mt McKinley poking through the clouds, perhaps we will get the call later that it is all the way out!
We made it back in time to catch the last bus home, only to discover that another couple who had gone on a flightseeing trip were delayed and we had to wait for them at least a half hour. Not really enough time to chance finding food in town, but will we be able to eat at the Lodge, getting back around eleven? The bus driver called to check and found out one restaurant stayed open til 11:30. The poor bus driver would have a late night too, we noticed that the couple who were late did not even tip her!
Walking back to our room at nearly midnight, it was a bright as afternoon. Weird.