Friday, May 21, 2010

A Free Morning and on to Mt. McKinley

We had a free morning to enjoy the Wilderness Lodge. The scenery was gorgeous, and it was fun people-watching. Dick used his laptop, and I rusticated.



We had time to catch a shuttle to the Denali National Park Visitor Center - I'm so glad we could fit that in because it was a very informative and entertaining place.

Dick's notes:
Fri 5/21/10
Coffee shop a zoo, long lines but the kids are pleasant and friendly. Great staff! Visit VC. Talk to gal about trail-less park. When caching mentioned, she is in Anchorage in winter and teaches it in local schools. States that she grew up in small town near TC, I’m so amazed I forget to get the name of the town.
At lunch our waitress is Nicole. We talk about where we are from, she says Minnesota, we say Traverse City, she steps back and says she thinks she has waited on us before. When we tell her that this is the only time we’ve visited the dining room, she says ”No. I mean in Traverse.” She works at the Happy Hog in the winter!!!
We load the bus for Mt McKinley. A clear day and the mountain is fully visible in all its glory.
After arrival, check in, visit room, and enjoy dinner, and???
it’s time for bed

The bus ride to the McKinley Princess Lodge was two hours plus. But the scenery was so breathtaking that it flew by. They say that the mountain is only visible a few days a year, so once again we had the pixie dust. It was glorious and cloudless and we could see it clearly all day. Such luck! (Denali is the Athabascan name for Mt. McKinley.)