Saturday night we got everything packed up, and left town at about midnight. We drove and drove and drove. We found out that we probably didn't have to leave that early (later), but oh well. It was a nice peaceful drive other than the fact of both of us being tired (neither of us had slept since that morning) and me having to pee a lot. Plus we both had to keep stopping to stretch because we were oh so stiff, and to wake up. But we made really good time, even with it being dark and me driving slowly to avoid animals (of which we saw like 3 moose on their way back into forest and not into the road, thank goodness). We made it to Wasilla, and we stopped to eat at IHop, as Michael and I have both been missing it. I have been craving waffles with fruit on top, so I went for that even though they had some crepes that sounded to die for! Crepes with Nutella inside and strawberries and whipped cream on top! Yum. Definitely will be going back for those later.
Anyways, went on the road again, and made it to Anchorage at like 9 AM, which was way early. We weren't going to be able to check into the hotel until 3PM, so we found the 5Th Avenue Mall. Which I have to tell you, is what a mall is supposed to be like. 5 stories people! 5 stories of shops and services, and food. But, everything was closed. We had accidentally gotten there about 2 hours before they even opened. Oops! We were worried we would get in trouble, but nothing came of it. So we decided to try to go find the hotel and just sleep in the car in the parking lot. On our way out, we walked across a big glass walkway that is 4 stories above the traffic to get to the parking garage, which I have to say was really cool. We got in the car and headed to the hotel. Unfortunately I fell asleep, and Michael was lost in Anchorage for over an hour just trying to get us to the Hotel. But finally we got there.
We went inside to ask if maybe it might be okay if we checked in early, but they had just had all the previous guests check out (check out is at 11 AM at Executive Suites), and the house keeping had just arrived so they said it would be another hour or 2. So we slept in the car for about 30 minutes but it was uncomfortable, so we walked across the parking lot to the McDonalds that shared the same parking lot and got some fries and a McFlurry to share to waste time. Went back to the car and tried to nap a bit, and finally at about 12:30 PM I decided to go ask if it was possible if we could check in, and Yes! It was. They got us in and it was glorious! We laid down in the bed and slept for a good six hours (the alarm clock sucked), and found out that since it was Sunday, pretty much everything had closed. So, Michael and I decided to just lay in bed and watch TV and sleep for the rest of the night, which was okay, because we needed it, and it was romantic just cuddling away from home and worries. : )