Day 1 (Detroit to Anchorage)
The day started early. We woke up at our normal weekday time of 4:30 a.m. The house seemed eerily quiet without our beloved dogs. It was just as well that we had much to do to get the airport. Luckily, our check-in and flights went like clockwork. That, in itself, is amazing. We flew from Detroit to Seattle (about a 5-hour flight), and then from Seattle to Anchorage (approximately 4 hours). I have to admit I am now spoiled for flying. We splurged and bought first-class seats for the entire trip. I guess I never realized how much nicer everything is when flying first-class. Most of both trips were cloudy, but I did manage to snap a couple of photos of Mt. Rainier with my cellphone.
The wait for the shuttle from the airport in Anchorage was a little long, but not bad. Actually, it was the only transportation on the entire trip that was less than on-the-dot precise. The shuttle driver was very nice and took us to the Clarion which was comfortable and not in the middle of any hub-bub. We got a kick out of the brass sign on the front door warning people that moose DO frequently walk through the area and the parking lot so do not approach them or get out of the hotel or car when they are there.
Since we were pretty well exhausted from the travel and there really wasn’t anything pressing in Anchorage, we walked to Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse to get something to eat. I have to say that the food was just meh, but the beer was very good. Except for a couple of occasions, this was to be true for the entire trip.