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The weather for our drive down the Parks Highway was partly cloudy but warm with temps in the 80s. There were periods of smoke/haze from the fires in the interior of Alaska but the views of Denali Park were great. We stopped at Denali to get some information on how the transportation system worked in the park which is by Park Busses and commercial Sightseeing Busses. We have reservations for 7/16 – 7/20 staying at the Teklanika CG which is furthest into the Park and hardest to get a reservation. It turns out that all campers at the Teklanika CG get a special deal on bus passes – purchase once and you can use it from the CG to the end of the road which is some 50 miles to Wonder Lake for your entire stay. The catch is that you can not use it to go east of the CG.

We then drove on to Montana Creek CG which is a nice roadside CG set in the trees by Montana Creek. Upon arrival we learned that there is a Moose Dropping Festival going on in Telkeetna for the weekend so we quickly setup camp and headed off for Telkeetna some 14 miles up a well paved road.

When we arrived we were surprised at how many folks were attending the festival and how well organized the event was. After finding a parking spot, we strolled into the town to find dozens of vendor booths setup providing food, beverages, souvenirs and clothing. We were hungry so the first thing we did was visit the West Rib which was suggested by the Camp Ground owner. What a delightful meal we had of Halibut and the beer was very refreshing. We then spent the rest of the afternoon browsing through the Vendor Booths and the local stores. We really enjoyed ourselves and thought Telkeetna was quite the town. Funky stores, many restaurants serving a variety of food/drink, guide services and bakery stores.

We returned to our CG and took a hike down the stream to it’s confluence with the Susitna River which is a major Salmon spawning river. We talked with another couple doing the same and learned from them that there is a mother bear with cubs in the area so we need to be careful. The area is beautiful and the stream looks very inviting to do some fishing which I will try my hand at soon. We hiked back to camp for a Baileys on ice and a quick game of Mexican Trains before turning in.

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