After the freezing bus tour we headed back to our hotel called the Mount McKinley Princess Lodge where we sat in the hot tub overlooking the mountain as the sun set behind it. Best way to end the trip! The next morning we packed up our bags to head back south. After a quick glimpse toward the mountain to say goodbye, our jaws dropped. It was gone! Completely gone! One day the mountain was there and the next it vanished! Now we understand what the tour guide was talking about! We thought it would just be partly shrouded in clouds but no. It was GONE. On our drive back to Anchorage we came across a sled dog team training on a path along the side of the road. We pulled over to snap a few photos but most of them ended up blurry. The dogs were cute and super happy to be running! They sure ran a lot straighter than our Luna! We made it back to Anchorage and found a food cart I'd been reading about that specializes in reindeer sausage. Another delicious meal. We ended up getting a second helping with caramelized onions and cheese on top!
Before our flight the next day we had a little time to go hunt for a few more moose sightings. We hiked through a park in downtown anchorage that was supposed to be a moose haven. The ranger even warned us to look out for bears. In fact, he pretty much told us we were dumb to even set foot in the park due to the amount of wild animals that could attack us. We listened to his warnings and set off anyways. He didn't seem to know what he was talking about since we didn't see a single animal. And only minimal moose tracks! Also, he gave us the cross country ski map instead of the trail map. We got a little lost but eventually found our way. We even found a beautiful and secluded beach we'd heard rumors of! It was magical.
The very last meal we had while we were there was at a fancy schmancy restaurant in downtown Anchorage where I finally got my hands on a pound of Alaskan king crab legs. They were epic. Dessert was my favorite- creme brulee! It was a really fantastic trip and I feel like we got to experience so much despite it being on the brink of winter. I think it was even better because of that since there were probably so few tourists we had to do battle with!
Sorry again for overloading you with pictures, but I hope it's clear why I couldn't stop pushing the shutter! I think everyone should put Alaska on their MUST-SEE list. Hopefully, in the future, we'll get to go back and explore the northern side of the state- we love us some snow!