Alaska - The Last Frontier


Part 10 - Seward/Anchorage/Wasilla


Part 10 - Seward - Anchorage - Wasilla

The morning of our departure from Seward greeted us with beautiful weather. I used the soft and golden morning light to take a few more photos around the hotel.





The “Train Rec”, where we had enjoyed a BBQ dinner on our first night in Seward, now served breakfast and quite a few people appreciated it in the sunshine, breathing in the crisp cool Alaska air while doing so.




Finally, the time had come to say “Goodbye, Seward” and to make way for the guests of the HAL Statendam, which had arrived this morning.



For our trip to Anchorage, where we would pick up our rental car, we had booked the Park Connection Bus. The price was much better than the one-way charge we would have paid if we had picked up the car in Seward and returned it in Anchorage at the end of our trip.

Again, the location of our hotel proved to be ideal. The bus left directly from Small Boat Harbor, right in front of Kenai Fjord Tours next to the hotel.

The bus also stopped at the Windsong Lodge on the outskirts of Seward. When planning our trip, we had considered staying there, but finally decided to book the Holiday Inn Express due to its location. We never regretted the decision, as the location had absolutely paid off in the last few days.



The trip to Anchorage was very scenic and time flew by thanks to the detailed explanations of the driver.




The weather became worse the closer we got to Anchorage. It poured when we reached the airport, where we picked up our car at Hertz. I mentioned in the introduction that this trip was marked by a few upgrades, some of which were nice to have. Besides the flight upgrade, we now got our second, significant upgrade. We had booked a regular sedan and got a large SUV instead. Although the Buick Enclave was no beauty, it was extremely comfortable.



We had booked a hotel in Wasilla, roughly one hour north of Anchorage. The hotel was by a lake, and our original plan was to go for a little hike there. But due to the bad weather, we changed plans and decided to spend the time in Anchorage.

Our first stop was the Anchorage Glacier Brewhouse, a recommendation of a fellow explorer on our Kenai Fjords tour.




Birgit enjoyed an Alaskan beer, and we had a hearty lunch of fish & chips and ribs.




I wanted to look something up at the Apple Store in 5th Avenue Mall, so we strolled through the shops. “Looking something up” at the Apple Store proved to be expensive as I left the store with a new Ipad.

In the evening we drove on to Wasilla and checked in at the Best Western Lake Lucille Inn.




The bus driver on the Park Connection Bus was originally from Wasilla and had recommended a restaurant, the “Local’s”. That’s where we went for a pizza after we had dropped our luggage at the hotel.

Pictures of Wasillas’s probably most famous resident, Sarah Palin, adorned the wall...



I just had to send these photos to my best friend in California. I figured, as a down to the core Democrat he would quite enjoy them...

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