Our time at Wrangell-St. Elias NP was made all the better for staying at the home of C.D. and Kathy McCurry who run the best bed and breakfast in Kenny Lake — I’m talking about the Copper Moose B&B. While on the Alaska road system, Kenny Lake is pretty far away from civilization as we know it in the Lower 48, but the McCurry’s wonderful log cabin home provided all the creature comforts we could want as their place became our home base for the five days and nights we visited this area in Southeast Alaska.
We really had it good at the Copper Moose — from C.D.’s fabulous breakfasts complete with fruit plates not seen anywhere else on our trip (he makes special arrangements to have fresh fruit brought in every couple of weeks; a real delicacy in the Alaska wilderness!)… comfortable and cozy Alaska-themed rooms that Kathy and Marissa made warm and welcoming… a living room overlooking the magnificent Wrangell mountain landscape that invited guests to co-mingle [which we did — ‘hello’ and hugs to Max & Vicki from Yuma, Arizona, and Franck, Véronique, Alexandre and Roxane in Bordeaux, France; we look forward to visiting you when our travels bring us to your homes!!]… and even Direct TV where we all watched the penultimate stage of the Tour de France together at 5 a.m.! And if that wasn’t enough, C.D. and Kathy even prepared a delicious salmon & shrimp dinner for us one evening when we lamented that we hadn’t had any red salmon from the nearby Copper River. Talk about generous hosts!
I was more than a little sad to leave C.D. and Kathy and the log cabin home that they shared with us, for they truly made it feel like our home, too. Their motto “come as a guest, leave as a friend” is totally apripos and we now consider them friends. We plan to reunite in early 2016 when they take a break from Alaska’s formidable winter weather to spend some time in Las Vegas. We’re really looking forward to seeing these kind and generous folks again….