I FOUND MY MOOSE.
Ok google maps has a funny way of getting you places but that's ok when it takes you to better views like this.
Regardless we found the parking lot and hiked up 3/4 of the way. Passing hikers mentioned without spikes the descent from the scramble is pure ice and maybe not the best in our boots.
Despite not summiting the mountain, it was beautiful, we saw some sleepy Moose in the valleys and got a solid sweat in that morning.
That afternoon we showered, put only one layer of clothes on so we could head to our Thanksgiving dinner out at Seven Glaciers.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a total sucker for sassy toddlers. I love when kids can keep their manners all while remaining entirely sassy. This little gal Michael straight cracked me up and made our night. So I am thankful for 4 year olds as confident and cool as Michael.
We thought we were going for a quiet fancy thanksgiving meal, instead we were sat next to this amazing family. Michael the cutest little 4 year old eventually made it over to our table, pulled out a chair and asked "is this seat taken". Little did we know this was the start of our dinner table turning into a hospital for Kayla & Kay-sa... her sick stuffed animals. But don't worry we lied to a 4 year old and told her we were surgeons and neurologists. We nursed her back to health with napkins, fancy forks and a little bit of water.
Here are a few of my favourite "Michael Moments"
When we asked her about her favourite part about Alaska
"I went to McDonalds yesterday and had the most chicken nuggets ever"
When asked how to spell Cat
mind you this was said with THE most confidence
When asked what she is going to be when she grows up
"A surgeon, police man, fisherman and the hot springs"
This kid is going to be a total girl boss
Anyways, all I am trying to say is this kid made my thanksgiving 10 times better, so here is my favourite picture from my entire vacation.
Anchorage Airbnb - Gary was an amazing host, and the place is in such an ideal spot. Walking distance (in summer) to downtown, as well as plenty of pathways around to explore. We had everything we needed in this one bedroom apartment, yet Gary was only a call or text away for recommendations. Which for the record, every recommendation he made turned out to be perfection!
Snow City Cafe - Amazing local diner, quick friendly service.
49th State Brewing Company - Can't say enough positive things about the staff here, but the food was just as good. And the beer, the beer was diverse and delicious... and trust me I tried plenty.
K2 Aviation - They were so kind over the phone, had plenty of tips for preparing for the flight but also what to wear in flight. Dallas was our pilot and was educational in the sky, professional yet personal. I'd fly with them again in a heart beat.
Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop - We went at Gary's (airbnb) recommendation and were floored by the service, so friendly and inviting. If I had known it was going to be so awesome I would have made plans to go back and sit and hang out.
Seven Glaciers Restaurant - I'll admit I am hesitant on spending absurd amounts of money on food. However, hear me out on this one. It was worth it. The restaurants view is epic, let alone the food they prepare for your 5 course meal. We took the gondola up early (highly recommend) then headed to the bar where Keanan made us laugh hysterically all while recommending perfect beers for each of our tastes. Our server for dinner was so knowledgable and kind, and our food delicious. We went on opening night, and the kitchen was kind of slow (Thanksgiving dinner), however I was informed it's not usually like that. Regardless, spectacular food + employees, so choose good company and you're in for a treat.