Hello! It’s finally time for my final Alaska trip recap: Part 4. This one is all about our last full day in Anchorage and our travel day to get home. 😦
If you missed the earlier recaps you can find them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
When we left off yesterday with Part 3, we had spent the evening with Susan and her family and enjoyed kayaking and spending time outside. We had an early night because the men were planning on getting out on the ocean the next day.
Tom is big into fishing, and he has an “ocean boat” for when he fishes on bigger waters.
Plus, his shrimp pots are out in the sea so they were hoping to check them too. This would be the new boat’s maiden voyage as well. He takes the boat out on Prince William Sound and goes about twenty miles out on the sea to fish. AKA: It would take all day. The boat has limited space so we decided that the guys would go out, and the women would have a relaxing shopping day.
Picture from Travis of the views on the way there- not too shabby!
In order to drive there and get on the water in decent time, the guys had to be up and out the door at like 4 a.m. It felt great that I got to sleep in and lazily get ready. 🙂
Susan picked my mom and I up and drove us back to her house. We had coffee/tea and loaded up.
Lauren really wanted to go to REI, an outdoorsy store, to get a new hiking backpack. After that, we hit up downtown and went into some random stores for souvenirs and what not. My mom bought me the prettiest sea glass beads at a cute little boutique that match my house colors. I need to get them strung, but I have them on a tray in my living room with a shell and sand bottles, and they look so cute. 🙂
We grabbed a nice lunch at the Glacier Brewhouse.
Susan and Lauren on our mother-daughter lunch date. 🙂
In my quest to eat only seafood, I ordered the smoked salmon club sandwich. It hit the spot!
After lunch, we heard from the guys that the ocean boat was having issues. It had a broken belt, and they actually never got it out. So, instead of fishing for halibut and shrimp, they ended up going downtown in Anchorage and bar hopping/talking for the afternoon.
When Susan, mom, Lauren, and I went back to Susan’s house, Cole was there (not wanting to bar hop with the guys all day).
Lauren and I played many rounds of Speed, which took me back to middle school when I played it all the time with my friend, Larissa.
It was so gorgeous outside. It’s funny how 60 degrees in Alaska felt almost hot, but in Kansas I would be shivering at 60 degrees.
Cole, Lauren, and I played frisbee in the backyard and tried to see how many times we could throw it between us without dropping it. I’m usually awful at both throwing and catching a frisbee. There must have been something about that Alaskan air that helped me though because I could actually do both! 🙂 We got to 30, which we thought was pretty good!
Cole really wanted us to see the sand dunes in Kincaid Park. The guys still weren’t back yet, and after waiting forever, we just decided to go ahead and do it.
We took sleds and wore clothes we could get dirty.
It was fun to run and jump on the huge sand piles.
I even tested my snowboard skills and rode down once.
The wind was so intense that we didn’t last too long though.
The guys made it back just after Susan whipped together a halibut chowder that almost made us cry it was so good. Being back in Kansas with a poor selection of seafood is such a shame!
After dinner, us kids all played cards together. Cole and Lauren love playing cards, but their parents don’t, so we tried to play a lot while we were there! We taught them how to play pitch, and then we played spoons after that. Lauren and I ended the night by playing Speed again. We didn’t want to leave and we, along with Cole and Lauren, kept begging that we play “just one more hand” before saying our goodbyes.
It was bittersweet to tell Susan’s family goodbye. They were the best hosts and we all instantly clicked on this trip! Hopefully we can see them again soon when they make a Kansas visit to see their other relatives here!
A double rainbow as we were about to leave!
We got back to our Airbnb in decent time, packed our stuff, and went to bed early.
Our flight out of Anchorage was at 6 a.m. so we were up by 3:45 a.m. because we still needed to drop off our rental car and catch a shuttle to the airport.
On that first flight, we had the “pleasure” of having a mom with three kids just a few rows behind us. Her baby cried basically the entire time. It wasn’t a quiet cry either; it was a piercing shriek. Then, one of her other kids who was older, kept yelling and protesting many times too. Somehow Travis was able to sleep during that, but the rest of us just sat there in agony. I’ve never seen so many people move to other open parts of the plane. 😉
We landed in Portland and had a short layover for lunch. On this flight to Kansas City, we had a smaller plane. There were rows of two instead of three. (I love, love, love flying on smaller planes so this made the long day of travel a little better!). I told Travis that it felt like we were on a date just having the two of us in a row- haha. 🙂
Again, we were offered three drinks on our flight 😉 . Also, as we were getting close to Kansas City, one of the flight attendants, who had been super uptight the entire time, came on the speaker and said we would be going through “significant turbulence” for the rest of the flight (thirty minutes). This kind of freaked people out, and we were bracing. However, it was literally smooth the entire time (why you gotta freak people out for no reason, lady?!).
We landed in Kansas City, got our bags, and waited forever for the company we parked our cars at to pick us up in a shuttle. They usually have your car ready and waiting for you when you arrive on the shuttle, and they did have my dad’s truck, but Travis and my vehicle was nowhere to be found. We had to wait about another fifteen minutes for them to pull it up. By that point, we had been up since 3:45 a.m., it was now close to 8 p.m., and we just wanted to get home.
We unpacked a little and then crashed soon after we got home, as you can imagine.
Overall, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this trip. My mom had been talking about it for years. I had never met Susan or her family, and I just wasn’t sure what we were going to do the whole time.
The trip surpassed my expectations by far, and having Susan and her family to give us the “insider’s tour” definitely made the trip. Alaska was gorgeous and the prettiest spot to get outside and explore. We have all said we’d love to go back and stay even longer!
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our vacation. As always, I love having these recap posts to look back on, as a sort of scrapbook of our trip.
We went to the east coast last summer (Maine!) and now we can cross the west coast off from this summer. 🙂
Have a fantastic day!
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