We had to pack our bags and leave them out in the hall by 10:00 p.m. on Friday night. Up early, we boarded a motorcoach to Anchorage. The drive included the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the longest highway tunnel in North America at 2.6 miles, and the Stewart Highway. The scenery along Turnagain Bay was amazing.
The spent the morning wandering around downtown Anchorage. It was raining and fairly cold. We ended up having an early lunch at the Glacier Brewhouse.
Transferring to the airport, we caught a short flight from Anchorage to Fairbanks. The flight included an unbelievable view of Mt. McKinley.
I was dumbfounded when we walked out of the airport terminal. It was absolutely beautiful with temperatures in the mid-70s.
We are spending one night at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge before we take the train to Denali tomorrow. We sat on the deck along the Chena River and had a drink before dinner, while Jack and I played cribbage. We had dinner in the hotel (raindeer lasagna and seafood fettuccine). After a week of great service on the Diamond Princess, the service here was a little rough. It looks like they are just getting geared up for the season.
We have an early start again tomorrow.