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my new gold nugget necklace

salmon fishing in Ship Creek downtown Anchorage


Finally some sunshine as we leave Anchorage & salute our armed forces_Thanks

float plane base just out of Anchorage

leaving Anchorage


a pretty lake

If anyone needs a reason to quit smoking, come to Alaska

a float plane lands in Big Lake at Willow,Ak

1st. view of Mt. McKinley- wow

a pet reindeer in a yard along the road

DeNali- the big one


guess we can't stop at DeNali state park, south viewpoint

that's a big rock

really big open spaces

the fireweed is blooming

a map shows us where the mountains are- maybe we can figure...

but too many clouds for Denali to show

a Denali state park mountain glacier

Eldridge glacier


the view out our back window at north view point, our overnight...

out our window,Denali would be between the 2 bigger peaks close to...

sure wish it was clear, it is so awesome to be able...

clouds are lightening up some, a pretty scene

a grey jay came to visit this evening

Monday morning I spent a couple hours getting my web updates and pictures uploaded and Dave got the truck cleaned up. We have made it a point to stop at visitors centers and ask about the area and pick up information, well in Anchorage we got a newspaper of places and events and there was a coupon for a free coin at Oxford gold assaying & refining corp. Well, this is not a tourist trap, it is a real gold assaying firm where the gold miners bring there gold to sell. The doors and windows have bars and are locked at all times, we rang the bell and were let in and greeted by a nice young man with a VERY big gun on his hip. It was really interesting to talk to the people there about gold assaying and to find that 90 % of there business is in raw gold brought in by miners. The free gold coin was really nice and we got to see & hold some very big nuggets of gold and then they had a gold pan with several smaller nuggets for necklaces so Dave had me pick out one and I got a new necklace. They sell them by weight going on the gold value of the day and boy do they get heavier in a hurry and so the cost goes up in a hurry. My nugget is small but very nice, After a great informative tour there, the trip downtown Anchorage to get our free souvenirs(from our Alaska coupon book) was a letdown. It's kind of hard to go from the real thing to souvenirs made in china but it was fun to walk around town when it wasn't such a madhouse as the weekend was. We drove over the bridge to the Ulu factory and toured that, very nice, and then checked out Ship Creek, where they were fishing for Salmon right down town. Had a nice afternoon and spent the evening packing up for our trip north. Tuesday: We are on the road again, not too far as we want to visit Denali National park and then spend some time with Dave's cousin, Les , who he hasn't seen for close to 50 years. He has invited us to park in his yard so again we luck out and stay free. Finally a nice day when we leave but at least the sun is shining now. As we traveled out of Anchorage, we saw lots of float planes for the flight seeing tours and landing on glaciers and THEN as we came to Willow,Alaska we first saw Mt. McKinley, the great one -Wow is it big. Sure hope we get more sightings as they say only 20% of the people who come here get to see it because it's so high it makes its own weather and clouds in most of the time. We drove on and were going to stop in Denali state park at 2 different view points but when we got to the south view, it was so crowded with rv's and tour buses that I didn't even think we could get in with our whole rig hooked up so we went on to the north viewpoint and the mountain was clouded in, Dave talked with the camp host and found out that we could camp overnight in the parking area pull thrus for $10. and he thought there was a chance it might clear at sunset(whenever that is) so we decided to stay the night, no views but it sure was pretty scenery and a nice quiet night, only 5 or 6 rigs stayed. Tomorrow we will head to Cousin Les's place and unhook and then drive back to check out the park and the tour schedules. More soon.

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