We were supposed to take off on bush planes on an early morning flight but we were fogged in and had to wait for the weather to clear both at our location and the airport on the Kenai Peninsula where the planes were located.
Since we had to wait, we took one last bear viewing trip and were delighted to be surrounded by the two sows with cubs. We had to choose whether to take pictures of the adorable twins or adorable triplets. On the way back to the lodge, we passed another sow and two young cubs on the beach. It’s impossible to get enough baby bear viewing in. They are delightful to watch, especially when they play.
By early afternoon, it was obvious that I was not going to make it back in time for my flight out of Anchorage, so I used the satellite phone to reschedule from a 12:50 am flight to the 5:00 am flight.
Since we had to wait so long, I had an opportunity to walk around the grounds and take pictures of the flowers and lodge. With the overcast sky, the flowers came out nice.
By early evening we were able to fly back to the Kenai Peninsula. From the airport, we had to drive 45 minutes back to our lodge to pick up the luggage we left behind. We were only allowed 40 pounds of gear on the bush planes. Then, it was a 3.5 hour drive back to Anchorage. There was a forest fire and road construction that caused a delay, so we took a back road to detour around the worst of it.
It was midnight as we neared Anchorage and I was surprised to see how many people were on the road and stopping at the overlooks to take in the view. There was sufficient light at midnight to do that. It was crazy!
The airport was busy when I checked in at 1:00 a.m. Most airports shut down at night and there is nothing open. There was a Starbucks and a McDonalds open so I was able to get something to eat for dinner.
By the time I got on my 5:00 am flight I was exhausted!