Because of the aforementioned one lane road/RVs/tourist issue, we left Anchorage at 3:30am for our 10:45am ferry. I assumed the kids would go back to sleep. I was wrong. Matthew managed to stay awake for the next 4 and a half hours (though he was almost asleep when we hit some road construction). He finally fell asleep at 7:59am only for us to arrive at our destination (and the literal end of the road) 2 minutes later. At least it was a gorgeous morning to leave:
At the point where Matthew was delirious from lack of sleep, we decided to get a "roomette" (a 6'x6' "room" with 2 "bunks") instead of just hanging out in the lounges etc. This may have been the best $24 we have ever spent. After exploring the ship and a quick lunch, James and Matthew proceeded to pass out for the next 4.5 hours.
The ferry to Kodiak was fantastic, with a kids play area that both kiddos loved and a large mat filled area for running/crawling around. If it didn't only run once a month from Homer/Kodiak I'd make sure to take it both ways:
Catherine took a nap or two in her carseat as well as crawled around the boat. She is also becoming quite the birder and squeals and points whenever we see birds:
And of course Catherine couldn't be left out:
And this was just our first day of fun! More pictures to come as I get back into some form of post-vacation groove, though no promises as the days of summer are fleeting and we have a lot of adventures to tend to on our home turf.