If you’re just tuning in to our Alaska adventures, here are the links to Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, Part IX, Part X Part XI, Part XII, Part XIII, Part XIV, and Part XV. Where did we leave off last? The trip was/is winding down. Ack! After a not good chill-out, chill-over phase, we went ZIP-LINING! It’s fantastic to get outside your comfort zone.
After zip-lining, we were hungry and tired and exhilarated and hungry and tired. We had several destinations still cut out for the evening. For one, dinner. For two, dessert somewhere special. For three, our awesome bed & breakfast – Grace and Bill’s Freedom Hills B&B. For four, moose-viewing, obviously. We managed all of those things, of course. First of all, Grace and Bill’s. I don’t believe I met Grace, sadly, or the two girls. Bill was a wealth of information on anything moose, Talkeetna, and Alaska. I could have talked to him for 17 hours, but that would have been 17 hours of not going to the places he described!
First, dinner. We thought about heading back to Denali Brewing Company, but then drove by Latitude 62 to check out their menu. It was awesome! We sat at the bar and ordered way more food than we could eat, even after hours of zip-lining.
I believe I got halibut, again. Salmon and halibut were common themes. I also got soup and there were fries and non-alcoholic drinks, and alcoholic drinks, and a funny waitress who muttered the “F” word at one relevant point and was so much fun.
Then we were approaching sunset on our last official overnight of Alaska, so we had the usual “dessert or moose-seeking first” debate. You know how it is. Food. Sleep. Romance. Moose. There’s an order to everything! In this case, moose first. Bill at the B&B told us about a bear attacking a moose just down the street from our place, and leaving the giant moose head there for days. I did not want to see that, but I also did, so we went to search. We didn’t see it. Whew. We wandered along some places near the restaurant. The late sunsets still tripped me up. It felt like afternoon – especially after an early(ish) dinner.
The fancy place to stay is Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. On a clear day, it has Denali views. On any day, it has tons and tons of tourists – often older people off of cruise ships. The staff there is loving and patient, and like at Disney World, they wear nametags with their cities of home. We sat at the bar, ordered drinks and dessert, and took it to eat around the lodge lobby fire. SO GOOD. I remember swirls of chocolate, and wondering if I’d ever stay there in the future. Perhaps. Perhaps it’s not my style, though. Grace and Bill’s Freedom Hills B&B seems more my thing, no matter how rich I might get one day. From winning the lottery, or course. Or discovering some new moose breed. Or ice cream. I don’t know. A girl can dream, right?
Once the sun got lower, we went around and around Grace and Bill’s neighborhood, hoping to find moose. We never did see moose in Talkeetna (don’t worry – we’re not done with moose in Alaska yet), but we did stumble upon interesting sights.
What else can you really say? We ate, drank, drank, ate. We looked for moose. We zip-lined. It had only been 24 hours in Talkeetna thus far. We had dinner and dessert. We found an abandoned comm. satellite station. I know I can’t wait to get back to Talkeetna one day. The tourist season was ending so it was mostly locals. We were ahead of the northern lights, though. I’d even do the endless night, to see the northern lights. And you KNOW I’m all about sunshine. Sacrifices.
Next up – just one more full day in Alaska. So much still standing between us and a hug from our kids. Moose. Another moose. Bypassing boring Wasilla for something decidedly not boring. More salmon, more excitement, holy cow moose – I miss it.