Second week of Alaska...just as magical as the first, but definitely more in our comfort zone! If you haven't read my most recent blog post on our first week in Alaska on the cruise, definitely take a look! For our second week, we rented a motorhome (we couldn't bring our own) after a long bus ride, which was supposed to be a train ride, and hit the road to Denali. Yeah, that's a little confusing, so here's some more back story: We got off the boat and stood in a line to take a shuttle to the train station. It was cold and rainy the whole day. Once we arrived at the train station (along with everyone else who was heading the same direction we were), we checked in and had several hours to kill until leaving. So we walked around (in the rain) and decided to meet up with the rest of the family who had already made their way into town. We waited by the bus stop for a while, then when one came around, it was completely full and no one was getting off! So we decided to make the walk to where everyone else was...which was much farther than any of us expected! Finally, we made it to the coffee shop, ordered some hot coffee and pastries, and relaxed! Mind you, my 6 year old nephew was such a champ and kept up without a single complaint!
So after walking around and a trip to the aquarium, it was time to head back to the train station. We arrived to a huge crowd, and got word that the train tracks were washed out from all the rain, and busses were on their way to take us to our destination. Let me tell you...some people were not happy...but that's life sometimes! Eventually, all 14 of us got on the same bus, and we were on our way. After arriving and snagging our luggage, some of the family walked across the street to their hotel, and the rest of us Ubered to the motorhome rental place where we stayed the night in the parking lot.
After a very long 24 hours, we were on our way to Denali! The rest of the trip was pretty relaxed, full of s'mores by the campfire, hikes with amazing views, close-up moose sightings (a momma and two baby moose literally walked right through our campsite!), and awesome meals. Here's some shots of our family time around the campsite and in Denali.
After a couple days in Denali, half of the family left for home, but my immediate family continued on to Fairbanks. We didn't spend too much time their, but we did stop at a beautiful botanical garden!
I have so enjoyed reminiscing on my time in Alaska! I hope you've enjoyed it as well! Again, I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience the beauty of Alaska! And the best part about it was that I got to experience it with the people I love the most and who have the same stoke for adventure as I do!