This was a short overnight road trip in Michigan to see the fall colors and travel down the “tunnel of trees” or highway M119 in northern lower Michigan. We started off with lunch at the “Legs Inn” (http://www.legsinn.com/) in Cross Village. Very good meal with about a one hour wait to get in as this is a very popular place, especially during the fall color season.
We left after lunch to travel down M119 south to Bay View just outside of Petosky. The weather was very windy, cold and mostly cloudy which put a damper on the sight seeing, but it was very pretty anyway. This included a stop at a small historical church with a short walk to the beach (not for a swim, believe me).
For the evening we had a nice stay at the Terrace Inn (https://www.theterraceinn.com/) with a very nice dinner at the 1911 restaurant at the Inn. The inn is located in Bay View which is an association formed by the United Methodist Church. The inn has a quiet time from 11 PM until 8 AM, which is kind of nice for those of us who hit the hay early. The Inn is within walking distance of Little Traverse Bay and would be a great place to stay for a longer visit in the Petosky and Harbor Springs area.
Little Traverse Bay
Day three included an 8 hour bus trip into the Denali Park, with the hopes of seeing some wildlife and Mount Denali. It was a gloomy day and no sight of Mount Denali.
But we did see some wildlife, including a grizzly bear that wanted to cross the road that our bus was on.
The scenery was majestic and not exactly what I was expecting. Almost all of the land in this area is tundra, which does not allow trees to grow tall because the ground is always frozen under the top soil. I think a few more days stay here with some possible hikes would be worthwhile to see more. But this was our one day here because tomorrow we board a train and truck on down to Whittier to board our cruise ship. But here are a few other pictures of the landscape. You may want to visit the national park web site to find much more information and much better pictures.
Day 2 of our honeymoon started with a morning riverboat cruise down the Chena river that runs through Fairbanks. Needless to say there were a few people along for this short trip.
Along the way we witnessed a landing and take off of the most popular transportation in Alaska, as well as a visit to the sled dog training home of David Monson. His wife Susan Butcher has won the Iditarod four times but she passed away in 2006. You can see more information at http://www.trailbreakerkennel.com.
We even were able to touch the pelt of the fiercest animal around, a wolverine!
In the afternoon we boarded a bus and headed to Denali for a two night stay at Princess Cruises Wilderness Lodge – (https://www.princesslodges.com/princess-alaska-lodges/denali-lodge/).
The views along the way and at the lodge are just majestic. Alaska is mainly a wilderness. This was not Bay County, Michigan.
View from the bus
Another view from the bus
The mountains were beautiful too
A view from the Lodge
A view a short walk from the lodge
On day 3 we take a trip into the Denali park. Spoiler alert, we do not get to see Mount Denali (aka Mount McKinley) because of the clouds.
It has now been 8 weeks since our wedding and I am finally getting around to posting a few pictures and notes of our honeymoon trip to Alaska. I hope the few of you that check out this blog forgive me as it has taken a bit of moving in time for us, considering I am 66 and have been unmarried for 11 years and Mary is NN and has been unmarried for about 25 years, with 8 children and 11 grandchildren between us. And now I have another whole new family tree to work on. Retirement is just as busy as ever.
The wedding day was August 10, 2018 and our first night was in the Webster house right here in Bay City next to First Presbyterian on Center Avenue:
After a night at a park and fly hotel in Detroit, in the early morning hours of August 12th, we are on our way to Fairbanks, Alaska:
First Married Selfie
View of Alaska
By Sunday evening we were pretty tired and went looking for a restaurant in Fairbanks. The only restaurant in town we found open was a Thai place, so we flew all the way to Fairbanks, Alaska to enjoy Thai food. Go figure. But it was good and in the next post I will have our first day in Alaska as we travel from Fairbanks to Denali.