The 20,320 Alaskan Grill
We had a quick change and walked again to the 20,320 Alaskan Grill. As we ordered our food we had an interesting conversation with our server who told us categorically that there were no options as to how our burgers could be cooked. They all had to be served well done.
For our starters we shared a plate of fries that there were covered in cheese and pieces of reindeer sausage. This combination was absolutely delicious. My burger, when it came, was cooked more than I would have liked but thankfully it wasn’t burnt to a crisp.
The Fireside Patio was full of people sitting around the fire pits. We joined our friends from the train and sat and watched folks toasting marshmallows. These were purchased from a small shed at the entrance to the patio.
There was a young guy singing and playing the guitar. He was playing his way through lots of my favourite songs. We watched as one of the staff had the job keeping the fire pits going. He went round and round adding logs or fanning the flames with pieces of cardboard. We then noticed that the marshmallow kits had biscuits so the toasted marshmallows could be the filling of a sandwich.
I listened to stories about the Mid West and in particular what it was like going back to a town that had been hit by a category five tornado. The devastation on the path of the tornado was total with nothing left standing. People had only survived because they were locked safely in the shelters underground.
Mt Denali was highlighted as the sun went lower in the sky as we walked back to our room in Building 6.
We had been told that Mt Denali was often covered in cloud. This is what it had been like when we were in the National Park the day before. Being able to see Mt Denali earlier so clearly was a privilege that only about 30% of visitors actually had.