After the park, we loaded up and headed to Palmer to go to the Williams Reindeer Farm. You can find their website here... http://www.reindeerfarm.com/ . The weather was holding for us even if it wasn't sunny and clear, it wasn't pouring rain, either. This is a good thing.
We then drove into Palmer and ate our sandwiches at some picnic tables we found downtown. Some took off to browse a few shops still open...and grab something hot to drink. Others of us ate and then enjoyed some homemade ice cream sold in a shop across the street from where we were...even I had some, but I ate mine while standing inside. It was too much to eat it outside in the cool temps.
After our stop in Palmer, on to Wasilla we went. Dr. Bowman's group Googled Sarah Palin and found directions to a lake where it was said she lived. The lake was absolutely gorgeous, especially with a beautiful cloudy sky above. So, it was great to be there to enjoy the beauty of the water and sky, whether or not it was really Sarah's home and float plane we saw across the lake.
On the way back to Eagle River we stopped and hiked to Thunderbird Falls. Thankfully, the weather continued to be nice for us as we hiked the already muddy path. The water fall was a great view, but even more fun and beautiful was the hike we took off the main path to the creek below which led to the foot of a waterfall. Now that was awesome! I love my team and the memories we made walking and talking to the falls is a treasure!
Leaving the falls for our last stop, it brought tears to my eyes when Larry invited me to join them at dinner the next night at Wildberry's. The van exploded into voices all declaring that I must join them for dinner, so I graciously accepted. So much fun and I really felt a part of their group...like we've known each other for years and not days. God is good!
One last stop was Mirror Lake. Heard wonderful things about it, but never have made it there before due to weather or time constraints. It was amazing! The water perfectly still was indeed a mirror for the land and sky around it. It was getting dark, but the beauty of it all was still very impressive. The ending to a pretty perfect day in Alaska...or almost the end. Once back at the church, some of us decided for a "midnight run" to McDonalds. Crazy as it seemed, it sounded really good...and, it was. :P