Sometime in the early evening, mom and I pulled into the booming metropolis that is Tok, Alaska. Something else to keep in mind aside from fuel costs in these remote areas (should you ever make the trip) is lodging after the high-season. Many of these small towns along the Al-Can Highway shut down after Labor Day. Many of the shops, restraunts and hotels simply close. Alaska taught me young that you should plan ahead! You can’t count on hotels, food, gas or even people to be around to help, so you need to get yourself organized and plan well!
Luckily for us, the Caribou cabins were open year round. Holy cow, batman! If ever you need to go to Tok, Alaska – I can’t recommend this place enough. I’d stayed at the Westin hotel there every time I’ve passed by, but it was closed for the season and so I had to go to Caribou as it was one of the few places open.
Lucky us! It was beautiful, quaint, friendly, easy, affordable – and WAY more for your stay than the Westin there ever was. These cute little cabins easily fit mom and I and we both enjoyed having a little space and relaxation after being on the ferry for three days and in the car for nine hours.
We settled into our little cabin, then rallied ourselves to get back in the little Honda once again and head to the main drag of town to find something open for dinner. We quickly found Fast Eddie’s. It had something for everyone on the menu (and most importantly, it was open!), and chowed down!
After dinner we took a minute to do the obligatory jack-ass tourist picture (thanks mom for being such a good sport)…
Explored the town of Tok a little bit…
And then headed home for a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow we were off on the open road again, but this time, when we ended our day, we would finally be sleeping in my new home, Anchorage.