We were smelling smoke all day yesterday, but didn’t see any. We heard there were several wildfires in Alaska caused by the lightening that came with the little rain storm we had the other day. But today the wildfires were VERY evident. As we traveled south from Fairbanks, the sky filled with thick gray smoke.
It was hard to see any scenery and it made us realize that maybe we won’t be seeing Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park.
Bruce & Susan caught up with us at scenic stop and traveled the rest of the way with us to Healy. Bob & Jackie came shortly after. We gathered in Bruce’s truck to go to the Park to pick up our tickets for tomorrow’s bus shuttle. While there, we got to see a demo of the working dog sled kennels in the National Park. These were different from Susan Butcher’s dogs that are bred for speed and are smaller and leaner dogs. These Park dogs are larger and bulkier dogs bred for pulling supplies and equipment in the winter. They are the only means of transportation for the Rangers in the Park in winter months in the wilderness.
After returning home and checking on our dogs and resting, we all went out to dinner in town at Denali Salmon Bake, which has more than Salmon. It was a fun place, with long family style tables and a party atmosphere.
We also enjoyed the greatest shopping experience in the Nenana canyon. The tourist shops were really fun and had great stuff at great (cheap) prices. The kind we like!