Mac's 2012 Alaska RV Trip travel blog

Parks Highway turnout - approximately 20 miles south Fairbanks

Parks Highway turnout - approximately 20 miles south Fairbanks

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Parks Highway Southbound

Healy, Alaska - Preparing for their 4th of July Parade

Healy, Alaska - Preparing for their 4th of July Parade

Healy, Alaska - Preparing for their 4th of July Parade

Sign at north end of Denali National Park

Parks Highway south of Denali NP Entrance

Parks Highway south of Denali NP Entrance

Parks Highway south of Denali NP Entrance

Parks Highway south of Denali NP Entrance

Parks Highway south of Denali NP Entrance

Parks Highway south of Denali NP Entrance

Parks Highway south of Denali NP Entrance


I left my site at the campground at 08:30AM. On the way out of the campground I stopped at the RV wash at 08:35AM and washed the bugs off the front of the RV. I left at 09:00AM.

I stopped for fuel for both the RV and SUV arriving at Sam’s Club in Fairbanks at 09:15AM. I put 77.340 gallons of diesel in the RV at $3.879 a gallon and 7.095 gallons of unleaded in the SUV at $3.869 a gallon. I left at 09:35AM.

I drove Alaska Route 3, The Parks Highway south to Denali RV Park & Motel that is located just south of Healy, Alaska. 30amp E/W/S. Low water pressure so I had to take off my pressure valve and it was fine. Again, no satellite Internet or DirecTV. The park Wi-Fi is free with a strong signal.

The closer to Healy I got the cooler and winder it became. I started out in the low 60’s in Fairbanks and it was in the low 50’s in Healy. The highway the last 30 miles into Healy is quite rough – no potholes – it just bounced me around a lot.

I did not see any wildlife along the highway today.

After I got set up I talked to the individual who will walk my dog tomorrow while I take the Denali Back Country Adventure into Denali National Park to Lake Kantisha Backcountry Lodge, approximately 92 miles into the park. $10 to come by and walk the dog around 10AM and 3PM. I have to be at the tour departure point at 6AM and return at approximately 7:30PM. I then drove south to where the tour departs tomorrow – approximately 16 and one half miles south of the campground.

I came back and went into Healy and ate dinner at the 49th State Brewing Company. I did not get any pictures but it is a unique place. The add a toothpick with a small Alaska State Flag on it to your meal. That was a nice touch. Not sure if that was because it was July 4th or they do it all the time.

When I left the restaurant it looked like it was clearing to the south so I decided to take a drive in hopes of seeing Mt. McKinley. I drove south to just past Cantwell – a turnout at Pass Creek about 38 miles south of the Denali National Park Entrance Road. It started raining pretty heavy so I turned around and came back. I did not get to see the mountain.

122.4 RV miles today. 2 hours and 45 minutes driving time.

115.0 SUV miles today.



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