After a quick breakfast in the Horizon Court, we got off the ship in Skagway and boarded a coach to the train station. The weather all day was great with temps in the upper 50s to mid 60s and intermittent sunshine.
Today we had a leisurely morning at sea. After a lovely breakfast in the Bordeaux Dining Room, we had a nice worship service with Papa in our room, and then dropped the girls off at the kids club. We then headed to the indoor Lotus Pool for a couple of hours.
Before boarding the coach to Whittier, all of us walked down to the Snow City Cafe for a yummy breakfast. This place was like the Pancake Pantry of Anchorage with a fairly long wait. I ordered pancakes, fried eggs, and reindeer sausage. The eggs and sausage were served on top of the pancakes, which was a bit unusual but fantastic.
The first half of today was free time while we waited for the coach to Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge at 1:45pm. After eating breakfast at Sourdough Breakfast Buffet, we took the shuttle over to the Denali National Park Visitor Center. Our driver Bruce explained to us how to tell the difference between black and white spruce trees, which are prevalent in the park. The black have cones in the top and white have no cones. This stuck out to me, because Kate and Sara had been wondering how to tell the difference the day before.