I'm retireing this summer and a trip to Alaska has been a lifelong dream. My wife and I want to visit right after Labor Day to avoid the crowds. I also would love to take a day trip or two for ptarmigan. I've looked at some of the lodges on the web but they are way over my budget and they are for multiple days. I can't get away with leaving my wife with nothing to do for a week as she doesn't fish or hunt. Any advice as to a guide that does day trips would be appreciated.