After hiking and kayaking around Gustavas, AK we packed our duffel packed and hitched a ride on the ferry. Six hours later we arrived in Juneau. After a short night there, our flight was delayed for a few hours but we finally made it to Anchorage. There we picked up a rental car and began the driving portion of our trip. McCarthy was still 300 miles away, so we split the drive and finally arrived in the community parking lot the following morning. The town doesn't allow non-resident vehicles so you have two options. Walk the 3/4 mile into town carrying your luggage or take the 'shakedown shuttle' as it became known. The shuttle is $15 bucks per person for a five minute drive. We opted to walk and never regretted it.
Once in town we got our room at the Lancaster Backpacker Hotel (not recommended) and went for a short hike. The room was OK, but had no heat or AC and was nearly connected to the saloon. The saloon that played music the first night till 2 AM; followed by an encore performance in one of the rooms above ours at the hotel.
We started off our three week vacation in Alaska in the town of Gustavas. Due to the lack of roads connecting the town the only two options were to fly or take a ferry. We opted for a flight in; as opposed to the 6 hour ferry ride. For each of our stays throughout the trip we stayed in a centralized location. At Gustavas we rented a cabin from Cottonwood Cabins which was conveniently located a mile from the grocer, and provided bikes for getting around town. We did a few hikes and a kayak tour while in town.
Midday Friday we loaded up the kayaks and headed out towards Apache Lake for a brief overnighter. The 88 ended up being shut down for a med evacuation so we hit Saguaro instead. The whole trip only lasted 16 hours but we manged to see two bald eagles and have some entertainment from all the yahoos on motor boats.