Denali sighting and Girdwood
This morning started out cloudy but it cleared up. We were able to see the top of Denali. Only 30% of those that visit Denali see the peak. Alan first sighted the top as we were driving. He was cursing the tall trees that surrounded the highway and blocked our view. He found a clearing, slammed on the brakes, and ran out of the car to get a great view of the tallest mountain in North America.
View overlooking the mountains...Denali was covered by clouds at this time
For lunch we stopped at the "bus stop". It was an old bus converted into a diner restaurant. We were a little nervous about the quality but the burgers were wonderful. We also talked to the woman working there and learned a little more about life in Alaska.
After lunch, we drove to Girdwood. The drive was beautiful along the Turnagain Arm (inlet waterway). Here's a view from the road.
We found our bed and breakfast in Girdwood easily. The house is beautiful. It was just opened in February. It has a very rustic feel while still being very comfortable. The couple that own it are originally from Chicago. http://www.hiddencreekbb.com/inn.html
This afternoon we went up to the top of the moutain in Girdwood. We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather. But, it was strange to be walking in the snow in June. We decided to really enjoy the day and go paragliding. We were each tandemed to an instructor. We ran quickly over the snow until the parachute lifted us up. It was the most beautiful view!
Colleen getting ready
Alan getting ready
Colleen coming down from the sky
For dinner we went to the Double Musky Inn. We had great Alaskan food...salmon and crab legs.
We have been so fortunate to have such amazing weather thus far. Tomorrow we are going to the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center which is a protected habitat for injured/abandoned wildlife. We board our cruise to Prince William Sound in the afternoon. We will not have internet access until Monday (hopefully!). Thanks for reading!