Garrett Sander – Day 11
When I rose from my sleeping bag this morning, I had the pungent realization that this would be my last time experiencing Grizzly Bear Campground as apart of AGLP. I groggily made my way to the breakfast pavilion, suddenly remembering that today’s breakfast was pancakes and sausage. This was a significant day brightener, so much so that I was actually eager to take down the tent and pack up my bag for the long ride back to Palmer. As we pulled out of the campground, I said my silent goodbyes to a place that shaped my Alaskan experience.
The scenery on the way out of Denali was especially breathtaking. Mountains, rivers, and part of Mt. McKinley was all right out of our windows. Not to mention the three or so moose we saw wandering about.
About halfway to Palmer, the gang stopped by Talkeetna for lunch and brief walking around time. I headed to The Beadberry Patch with some fellow junior leaders. After spending an unwise amount of money there, we stopped for pizza slices at Mile High Pizza Pie. Some leaders who went off on their own told us about seeing the mayor of the town, and they commented on his stubby tail. Oh, right, the mayor of Talkeetna is a cat. Seriously. As we walked back to the vans, I decided that purchasing some one-of-a-kind beads and a giant slice of pepperoni pizza was an appropriate (and temporary) goodbye to Talkeetna.
I spent the remainder of the trip making a bracelet and jamming out with my fellow otters to a variety of tunes. When we arrived in Palmer we unloaded the behemoths that are our vans and prepared for the pool party. At the pool I was taught the secret to mastering the backflip off the diving board by one of the participants. I also learned the hard way that flips should not be attempted on the tall board. We left the pool party at around ten o’ clock, and I was burdened with nothing but a sore back from my numerous slip-ups. We also got cupcakes tonight for Sandy’s birthday, making it a great way to top off the long day!