Welcome to Talkeetna!
Royal Caribbean had us staying at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and you can see from the picture above and below that it was an awesome place to stay!
We arrived at the Lodge late afternoon and we were pretty much on our own as to what we wanted to do. Most of the group went on a hike around Talkeetna Lakes Park. We had a guide taking us on this hike and since there had been a bear sighting in the area, I was glad to have him with us! It was an easy hike, and the scenery as the sun was going down was beautiful! The sun turned the top of the tress a very pretty yellow!
The next morning we went to eat at a place called the Roadhouse which had the biggest pancakes that I have ever seen. I was not diagnosed celiac at that time so I did eat one of the pancakes, but I did share it with my husband. When I say that they were big; I mean they were huge and I don’t think any of us were able to eat one entirely on our own. They were delicious!
We only stayed at the Lodge over night but we didn’t have to leave until four the following afternoon so we went on a raft ride that while pretty boring. However, the sight at the end was simply awesome to see! They called this trip a scenic float so don’t expect any whitewater rapids if you go on it.
The sight we got to see at the end of the raft trip was one that only about 30% of the people get to see. We were all pretty awe struck by the sight.
It was quite cloudy when we started down the river and the guide told us that it is very rare to see the top of Mt. McKinley. However, the sky cleared up just as we were finishing up our trip so we were one of the small percentage of people who got to see this magnificent sight. I can still remember how happy we all were that we got to see this on our last day there. In 2015 then President O’Bama officially changed the name back to Denali, but it was still considered Mt. McKinley when we visited Alaska.
Most of the group went back to the Lodge to just sit on the back deck with a drink and take in the beauty of the mountain. Some of the ladies stayed in the town of Talkeetna to do some souvenir shopping and then we all returned to admire the view.
Believe it or not; there was a brewery in Talkeetna. However, it was not open when we were there so sadly the guys did not get to sample any home brews there.
We got back on the Wilderness Express and returned to Anchorage where most of our flights back were going out of very early the next day. We found a bar in Anchorage to eat dinner at and toast to having wonderful friends to vacation with and to an awesome trip!!! I don’t think any of us will ever forget the memories we made on this trip!
Join me next week as I take you on a trip down the riverwalk area of San Antonio!