We like to have one nicer meal out with grandkids, preferably breakfast, as it isn’t so expensive. In Alaska, we like to have breakfast at The Princess Lodge in Kenai. It has a nice RV park where we can regroup, recharge our electronics, wash up and whatever else needs modern civilization.
We’d driven to the Princess RV park where we did regroup and in the morning everyone dressed in their best clothes, at least the best that we had along, and went for breakfast. We’d already worked with boys about keeping napkins on their laps, and all of the other manners one can expect from kids their age.
The lodge dining room is beautiful, wood planks with a huge antler chandler. The staff was especially nice to the kids and the kids behaved wonderfully. Having stuffed ourselves on King Crab Benedict and the kids on Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes, eggs and bacon, we were ready to go on our way. We enjoyed the view of the Kenai River from the deck then walked back down to the park and started on the next leg of our journey.
We have normally stopped at the Portage Glacier Visitor Center on our way back up to Anchorage. This time, we didn’t. On our 1st and 2nd trips the glacier was closer to the visitor center and ice burgs were in the lake behind the center. When we visited with grandkids 6 years ago the glacier had receded so far that ice burgs were being towed in. This time, after Exit, we decided to skip Portage. Besides, we had a problem with the RV and needed to get that fixed before heading up to Denali.
Denali is our next stop, so the push is to be there early in the day.
Since I’ve written about a wonderful breakfast, you may wonder what we eat for dinner. Feeding 5 people can certainly be a challenge.
1st we have our “Honcho” system, I believe I’ve written about it before. This is where each kid, oldest to youngest, has their day. So before we left I wrote in my daytimer, who was honcho on which day and each kid had 3 days. I asked each kid what they would want to eat, and, of course, help prepare, for each of their 3 days. Then, because there are 3 spaghetti meals, 2 hot dog meals and so on, I sorted it out so that we didn’t need to make the same thing every night.
As soon as we got our RV we went to Costco and bought the items we could use in bulk then Carrs for everything else. We also bought lots of lunch stuff and a large 2-pk of cereal.
As we were going thru Anchorage once more, we stopped at both stores for one last shopping trip. Once we are in Denali we will not have access to stores for 5 days so this has taken more careful planning.