Denali or bust

Sep 15, 2014

How was your weekend? My week is technically starting today since Chris had yesterday off (which throws me all out of whack) but I love a good three day nonetheless. I have come to discover that we never have real plans on the weekend. We always have ideas of things that sound fun, but never actually plan on doing them. We just go with the flow, or the weather. 
That is what happened Sunday morning, Chris went to the gym and I started my morning off by taking breakfast requests and breaking up fights over who was going to eat what. When Chris got home he said, "let's drive to Talkeetna and the south point of Denali" I said sure why not. An hour later we were in the car and on a three hour drive. I think the drive from Georgia to Alaska trained the boys to be good on road trips, they love being in the car. Avalon on the other hand just screams.
Chris has been talking about this little town of Talkeetna since he backpacked through Denali a couple months ago. He knows how much I love exploring new places, especially little towns with amazing food choices. As we were getting closer I thought we should probably stop and let the kids out to run around, and also so I could start the eating extravaganza. Chris thought we should push through to the lookout point to get a clear view of Mt. McKinley since the clouds were rolling in. He proved to be right. But my stomach needs to always be full in order for me to enjoy the other parts of life. 

We walked around the whole town (which only takes a few minutes) scoping out our options. We settled on ice cream for the kids first, because the name of the game is survival parenting. Then Chris and I hit up every restaurant known on main street. From burgers to pizza to cobbler, and finally filling up on bread covered in spinach and cheese, which had me making inappropriate noises in public. But.it.was.so.good. We headed back to the car, but not before grabbing a coffee at the cutest little coffee house, no really it was a house, filled with books and playing cards. Coffee in hand and to the car we went on our mission to see Mt. McKinley. 
We hit tons of road construction before we found the southern lookout point for the mountain. In this time Chris thought it would be a great idea to teach Ace how to spell Mississippi. WHY? I have no idea, but it kept us all entertained while we anxiously awaited the traffic to move. Once we reached our destination we let the animals out to run around on the trail. Chris and Ace raced up the hills while the wee ones and I took our time rearranging every rock on the trail. 

We did in fact miss a clear view of the peak, but the scenery was gorgeous anyway. The kids were covered in chocolate ice cream, I was regretting not getting some cheese bread to go, but we made it. Another fun family adventure in the books. I am not sure if Chris and I are so numb to the chaos of three toddlers, or if we have just learned to embrace it all. But through all the high pitched screams, fighting, pee stops, lost socks, spilled juice, rock eating, no listening, car dodging, bug bites, and bathroom accidents, it was so fun! We ended up getting home really late, and since the kids slept most of the way home they were up all night. Chris and I took turns laying on the couch. We let Ace stay home from school yesterday to recoup, or maybe it was to let us sleep in, I will admit to nothing. 

Here's to the week ahead!! 




12 comments:

  1. That top photo is gorgeous! And I totally agree that everything is better if you're not hungry.

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  2. Great Pictures! We never made it up to Talkeetna - it looks so cute! Glad y'all had a good time! Take Care!

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    1. Thanks Erin! It was a super cute town, with so much good food.

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  3. Oh goodness that first photo is absolutely stunning! I love following along with your adventures. :)

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  4. So fun and so pretty! I love all the neat little towns you find.

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  5. The scenery pictures look like paintings! It is so gorgeous up there!

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  6. The view looks stellar, even if the visibility was down. Sometimes those rules need to be thrown to the wind you know? Survival being of utmost importance.

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  7. I am so jealous! I can't wait to one day visit Alaska. Talkeetna is on my list of places to see and so is the Roadhouse!

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  8. Gorgeous views, and that town is adorable!! I love little quaint towns like that. Avalon is like Mattis in the car! All he does is scream on road trips...blah!

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    1. Ha! Avalon used to be great in the car, but I think she is over it since I have to load her up so many times back and forth to take Ace to school. haha!

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  9. Nice little town and beautiful picture! I will follow your blogg to see how the life in Alaska is :) I'm from Sweden and write in swedish and english . It has gone sometime since the last english post but will start again cause you learn so many more people

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    1. Glad you found my blog!! Alaska is beautiful with so much to explore!

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