My parents have longed to see a moose for I’d say approximately 15 years. Maybe more. They went to Alaska 7 years ago, shortly after my niece was born. While they drove extensively in the wilderness of Alaska, hoping and most likely praying to see a moose, they saw none. So a few years later, they went to Canada and travelled to campground after campground, in hopes of seeing a moose. Yet none never showed themselves to my parents. In fact it was believed there was a moose conspiracy to prevent them from moose spotting. Alas, our trip to Alaska came and we hoped and possibly even prayed to see a moose. But there were no guarantees. I, the endearing baby daughter plotted to bring a plastic moose on the trip and place it suspiciously in a pile of snow outside our room so they’d at least see a plastic one. But in the end it wasn’t needed.
While in Alaska we stayed at Wedgewood Resort in Fairbanks. Its acutally an old apartment complex, that they’ve converted to a hotel/resort. They have a new section too that was specifically built for the resort. But it is closed in winter. During winter their prices are great, we stayed in what was a 1-bedroom apartment, with large living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, a huge walk-in closet, etc. for $70 a night. Normally during their peak tourist season it would have been upwards of $300. Its a nice little place, and there’s some wooded areas nearby. In fact right behind our room. You see where this is going.
The first night there we teased mom and dad, that there were moose in the little area between the two buildings directly outside our apartment. Ha ha, we laughed and had good fun at their expense. The next morning, my brother and niece showed up to take dad and I (mom was feeling ill) on a drive around the wilderness of Alaska and up into the moutain region. Dad went to look out the window, and stopped and said there are two moose bedded down inbetween the buildings. Of course we thought he was joking, my dad does love to joke. But he was not joking, and for the first time of at least 3 times that trip we saw moose. In fact a mother and her calf.
Next we saw them on the way to dinner one night.
And then finally on our way home from our dog sled ride we saw two moose on the edge of the woods on the road from Chena Springs to Fairbanks.