Days 12 & 13
Day 12 was suppose to be a very early morning, but the fever and cough were too much for the Hobars. Wynn and I did not make it up at 4:30am either so our tour into Denali National Park was put on hold. It was raining like crazy so I didn't mind staying in town. We stayed at the Grand Denali Lodge. Wynn and I went down the mountain into town on the shuttle and did some shopping. We had to go to the liquor store to find DayQuil and Robitussin. We stayed down for lunch and spotted our supper spot and an ice cream place for dessert. We ate at the Old Prospectors and it was historic as promised.
After a restless night for me, ( everyone else was knocked out with NyQuil) we got up on Day 13 and took the shuttle to the Denali Visitor Center. Had to love the sign out front while waiting for the shuttle.
They were re-paving the road on the way to the park entrance so we were a bit off schedule. They had Bob's passport stamp and also his Nat'l Park Stamp collection. They had a really nice display set up in the Center.
We hiked for about an hour, in spite of the drizzling rain. We took the Taiga Trail.
After a long cold wait in the rain, we caught the shuttle back down the mountain and had lunch at the Lodge. Evelyn got her sweet potato fries and I got regular. It was good to see her get a bit of appetite back. Bob's is still a bit suspect today. One more shuttle to take down the mountain...this time to the Denali train station. We were back on the rails with the destination, Fairbanks.
We got checked in and found out our tickets included a dinner, free drinks and a dessert. A wonderful surprise since we would be on this train for 4 hours, arriving at 8pm. This train was a more leisurely paced trip with a lot of beautiful scenery. And yes, the food was yummy.
We arrived into Fairbanks, picked up our luggage and loaded into the transit for River's Edge cottages.
We checked in and took a walk around by the river and through the park. It was a good way to get our legs stretched out a bit after the train. I have to say that the flowers around here are tremendously beautiful. The 19 hours of sunlight in the summer months produce vibrant blooms!
So now we are settled in for the night. I doubt it will be clear enough to see Northern Lights tonight. Tomorrow we are driving to the North Pole. Maybe we will see Santa 😉
Wynn and I leave you with our beautiful sunset across the river's edge.
See you tomorrow...