Our first stop of the day was the small town of Talkeetna - where Seth's parents had told us we might be able to get a view of Denali, if we were lucky. We pulled into town, and, after exploring a few dead ends, found our way to a riverside park. We were amazed to find we had an incredible view of Denali and the associated smaller mountains, with only a few clouds obstructing the view. The river was also frozen solid, so we could walk (or run) out on it. We stopped visited Nagley's general store and picked up a couple of pastries at the Talkeetna Roadhouse before continuing north.
When we arrived in Fairbanks, we raided our second Walmart of the day to purchase dinner supplies for the next two evenings. We split up responsibilities - Adam, Katy, and I were in charge of tacos, and Seth, Tanner, and Jocelyn were in charge of spaghetti for tomorrow night.
We arrived at our cabin in North Pole, Alaska around 8:00 PM. A few of our group were confused about the Christmas decorations still up, before realizing - of course, Santa lives at the North Pole year round!
|The only visitors at Byers Lake|
|Northern Lights hunting|
As we were traveling north from the state park to Fairbanks, I informed Tanner that he had made up two minutes on the GPS's estimated arrival time. He fist pumped, looked over at Adam, then back to the road just as we started to spin out. He recovered it expertly, but after that, I told him he wasn't getting any more stats until we arrived.
As we were leaving the recreation area, Seth was trying to help Tanner navigate. Before we got a good GPS lock, we took a turn down towards the lake. We all realized about the same time - we were about to drive onto the lake! Tanner quickly stopped as we all yelled, and we very slowly backed our way out. Granted, we did see a Jeep driven out to one of the many ice fishing shacks also on the lake, but it wasn't something we wanted to risk with the rental vehicle.
When we arrived home (well after midnight), I went to unlock the digital lock on the front door - and found we had also accidentally locked the handle (which we didn't have a key to) on the way out. Out of all the moments that day, this was the one that made me think, "Oh, crap." Luckily, we had opened and forgotten to lock the back door, so we were able to get in. That could have been bad.
Cumulative Moose Count: 20
Cumulative Bear Count: 0
Moose Involved Incidents: 0