Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 3 of the Denali Highway

Day 3 started with tons of rain. The girls each woke up once and had meltdowns in the middle of the night. Still not sure what happened...waking up and realizing they weren't home?...I don't know but they were screaming for a while. But besides that 15 minutes, the night went great. We had another pancake breakfast while the rain stopped and we weighed our options. We had about 275 miles left to drive and intended on being on the road at about 10...but really, no hurry to get home.

I forgot about this picture being taken. Just some good ole fashion pancake shenanigans.

Since we were in no hurry, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to fish ONE MORE TIME! We went back across from the campsite to where a little creek connects a couple of lakes. I had read that the fish in here were SO easy to catch...but then again I read that about all the places we had tried. I wasn't expecting anything again...but...

2nd cast and I came up with a beautiful little Grayling! I've never caught a grayling before so was completely stoked...despite it's unimpressive size.

All in all, I must have caught 10 or so. Most of them were pretty small but a couple were decent sized. It didn't matter. I was LOVING it!!

And the girls got their first close up look at a fish. They thought it was hilarious...especially when it kept slipping out of my hands when I tried to pick it up.

Nothing sexier than a woman fly fishing!!

I had to show off and go catch one more for a nice close up after I saw how I was handling the first one.

So about 2 hours later than we wanted to leave, we finally got on the road. This is just around the corner from where we stayed looking back at one of the lakes. Such a gorgeous area...we'd love to take our kayak back here and do some exploring.

Now I have to admit something...we're not real happy with our pictures. All of these have been touched up because at some point during the trip (probably the first night) I screwed up a setting and every picture after that came out very dark. So to salvage them, I edited the heck out of them. So they aren't perfect...but you can still kind of get the idea of how beautiful this area is. Lesson learned.

These next couple of pictures are from the same area and one of the most beautiful places we've seen. The pictures do not do it justice at all. This place was amazing.

So that's it. We got to Glennallen at about 2pm and had a long lunch and fueled up. The girls slept most of the way there. We had 190 miles left to get home and drove straight through! I think the girls slept most of that second leg as well so they were asleep for probably 5 hours that day...took a while to get them to sleep that night.

So I hope you can tell we had a great time. It truly was an amazing experience that we recommend to everybody. I know I'll remember this forever.


L said...

I agree, our trip across the Denali Hwy was one of the best things we did in Alaska. It really is so beautiful! We went on the first weekend of hunting season (accidentally) and the campgrounds were overfull. Looks like you had a better time.

Linda said...

Awesome pictures...looks like a great trip. I am traveling vicariously :0)