Lake Clark is another park where the only way in is by a small plane. We chose to stay at The Farm lodge, where the doors have no locks, the meals are served at a set time, and the lodge owners typically join you for dinner. Although we spent only 1.5 days there, we met a lot of the visitors and got to know the owner and his family during breakfast and dinner time. Glen’s grandparents were homesteaders who settled in Port Alsworth by the lake. Glen’s wife, Lilya, is originally from Russia. Their family owns and operates the lodge and the small airline with service to Anchorage.
The flight to the lodge passes through a mountain range, which means MAJOR turbulence, but also TONS of glaciers. The little plane was going sideways and up and down the entire way, while the pilot was using both of his hands to show something to the passenger next to him, whaaat? Keep your hands on the steering wheel please! As we were told later by Glen, who is an experienced pilot himself, the plane is programmed with the destination and the altitude and there is not much involvement from the pilot needed during the flight.
The weather on the day we arrived was amazing. The sun was shining, the wind calmed down (it would’ve been great if there was no wind on the way there), the air was fresh and there was just a peaceful feeling in the air.
After a hike to the Tanalian Falls and Kontrashibuna Lake and a yummy dinner, we explored Glen’s greenhouse and his kids’ playground.
The next day the weather turned 180. Rain, gusty wind, and flight delay. But in the end, we got safely to our next destination.