Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Tuesday Travels - Whittier to Talkeetna

We had to be off the ship at 6am to catch our train, so it was an early morning!
One last view of our ship...she served us well for the past week.  We will miss you Coral Princess.
We boarded a train to Talkeetna.  It was a beautiful ride.  We were served lunch on board, given activities to do, and learned a lot about the areas we were passing through.
They were having a lot of wildfires in Alaska...here is an area that had recently burned.  Because most of Alaska is uninhabited, they do not worry as much about the fires.  Fires create new life, so unless they are threatening humans, they typically let them burn themselves out.

This is an eagles nest on top of a power pole.  When the state needed to put up new poles, the citizens were concerned about this nest.  Thankfully, the pole was left alone and the birds still live there today.

Our train ride ended in Talkeetna.  This town is about 3 blocks long down one street.  It didn't take us long to visit all the shops :)
There were several older looking homes...I'm not sure I'd want to stay here during the winter.  We didn't see a grocery store anywhere!
Painted Moose dotted the street...so cute!
Don't mess with the Moose...no parking!

Cute store...
We ventured down to the river and spotted Mt Denali.  It was a pretty clear day, so we were lucky to see the top of the peak.  Only about 30% of visitors see the top.
As we were heading to the bus area to catch the bus to our hotel, we found a place where you could hold baby bunnies.  Here's Auntie holding one.  It was a fun way to end the day in Talkeetna.

We stayed at the Mt McKinley Princess Lodge for one night. The lodges were just as fun as the ship.  There were hiking trails, shops, restaurants, and just beautifully manicured grounds...
We had time to do some hiking the following morning before catching our bus to Denali National Park.  Auntie and I found some large sunflowers.

Here is a view of the property from the Tree House.  There were many buildings you could stay in, and a shuttle bus that ran continuously so you could get to the restaurants and such.
This is Fire Weed.  It was blooming because we are nearing the end of summer.  It got it's name partially due to the red color, and also because it is the first plant to reappear after a fire.  We tried Fire Weed ice cream in Talkeetna, and I bought some Fire Weed honey to put on my yogurt.  It has a bit of a berry flavor, and is pretty good.

Another view of Denali from the lodge's back porch.  You could get on a list to be called when the top was present, which was a nice feature.  Thankfully, we saw it pretty much the whole time we were on the property.

The name of the mountain was changed to Denali from Mt McKinley in 2015.

Next week, Denali National Park...

Monday, November 04, 2019

Mancat Monday

The mancats are doing well.  Oliver and Rusty went to the vet on Halloween and they both got a clean bill of health!  Oliver's chin is clear with the exception of a few black heads.  We should continue wiping it down with the chlorhexadine wipes as often as we can.
Oliver wearing a pumpkin bandana...they took it off once the vet saw them :)
Rusty looks handsome in his blue bandana with the bats on it.
Rusty spent the rest of the day napping...traveling is hard work.

It turns out that Georgie is not the peeing culprit, but it is Lenny.  Auntie caught him in the pantry one morning.  He went in for a check and of course the urine was normal.  It is totally behavioral.  We have moved a litter box into the pantry, and he will use it faithfully.  It seems that is a safe spot for him at the moment.  We will continue trying the essential oils, feliway and helping him feel comfortable.  If that doesn't work, then the vet is ready to call in some Prozac for him as well.

The Panthers are all ready for treats at night before bed.  We don't have near the amount of food and snacks available as we did when Cousin Pirate was around, so they are acting hungry.  We are still offering some special treats so they aren't starving, but it is an adjustment for sure.

Flynn is doing well, he just didn't get a picture this week.
Rusty is still resting from his adventure, the doorbell ringing on Halloween, and having us home on the weekend :)

This will be the last Mancat Monday for a few weeks.  I am heading to Japan on Wednesday until the 25th.  Looking forward to seeing lots of cats and eating wonderful food while there.

Check back tomorrow for another edition of Tuesday Travels...this time we will be riding the train from Whittier to Talkeetna, Alaska.