This year getting time off to hunt proved a bit difficult; I ended up missing sheep and moose season. I hadn’t filled the freezer in over a year, so my wife and I decided to make a run up the Haul Road to get a ‘bou. I took a Pope and Young bull a few years ago with my bow, so I was looking for either a whopper bigger than that or a small bull to get me through the winter. My wife doesn’t hunt, but likes to come along and help with packing, so we decided we’d do the 5 mile hike to get away from the crowds.
We left Wasilla about 8:30 am, Friday, September 28th, after dropping off the dogs at the kennel. Traffic was light and we made good time. We did get caught in construction twice and had waits of 15 and 25 minutes before being escorted through by a pilot car. We had the requisite stops in Cantwell, Hilltop, and Cold Foot for gas.
When I lived in Fairbanks we would drive up and hike out the same day, but the extra hours of driving from the Valley made us decide to spend the night in Wiseman and get a fresh start on the hike the next day. We spent the night at the Arctic Getaway Bed and Breakfast.
It wasn’t much to look at from the outside, but was very quaint on the inside and a welcome place to crash for the night.
The owners, Bernie and Unta, originally from Germany, were great company in the morning and Unta cooks up some amazing sourdough pancakes for breakfast. I would not hesitate to recommend them and their home to others.