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Jul 19, 2011 - Cantwell

We stopped at Cantwell and found a spot in the RV Park. We spent the rest of the morning and afternoon traveling the Denali Highway. We went 70 miles towards Paxson before turning around. We saw little wild life. We did visit the Valdez Creek mine site where they extracted 495,000 ounces of gold ($795,000,000 at today’s prices). We scheduled a Denali Shuttle Bus for 6:15 in the morning.

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Jul 18, 2011 - Byer Lake

After getting our groceries and a ring that Kathy had bought. We spent an hour at the Alaskan Botanical Garden enjoying their perennial Gardens. We headed north to Denali National Park and stopped for the evening at Byers Lake Campground in the Denali State Park.

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Jul 15, 2011 - Hurricane Gulch, AK - Last Day at Denali

(Ron Writing) We left Taklanika Campground early this morning and drove east on Park Road to the visitor center area. It wasn’t raining this morning but we still had the very heavy overcast. We made a couple stops to enjoy the scenery but we didn’t see any animals along the way. We parked by the visitor center and I caught up on some internet work while Elena went to the visitor center to watch a movie and listen to a ranger talk. Later we took a shuttle bus to the ranger headquarters to see the dog kennels and attend a ranger presentation...

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Jun 18, 2011 - Cantwell

We weren't able to see Mt. McKinley because of the cloud cover. We entered the Denali Highway, a 120 mile dirt and gravel road that resembles the road to the farm. We only drove 20 miles before we pulled over for lunch. We loved the view so much that we decided to stay there for the night. (No campgrounds so you just pull off the road.) We saw 7 moose and an eagle in that valley. A cross fox came within a few feet of us. 6/19 Father's Day. Continued along the Denali Hwy. for another 60 miles. Stopped at Clearwater Creek to fish for arctic...

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Jul 4, 2010 - Denali National Park, AK to Cantwell, AK

Rain most of the nite - we got up early to catch the 7:30 A (AT) bus for the 8-hr Denali NP tour - will add more journal entries later, just want to catch up a little bit. The morning was pretty much a wash out but then improved weather-wise (not enough to see Denali tho). The animal tally was excellent after a really slow 1st few hours. Couldn't get many good photos because of distance issues - but WOW. We saw a total of 13 bears (inc. 3 cubs), 5 wolves (one walked right in front of our bus, then led a caravan of busses for about an hour -...

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Jun 24, 2010 - Adventures along the Denali Highway

From Chena Hot Springs Road we drove through Denali (we closed our eyes so we wouldn’t see anything before we visit with some of our kids in a few weeks) and decided to take the Denali Hwy across as we had heard how beautiful the views are from this area. We were looking for a quaint spot on the river when the driver found a 2 rut road that must lead to the river. Well, we reached the end of the goat path and found 5 BIG dogs, one pick-up truck, two shacks, 0 river and…. no turn around. I stated that I would love to get out and help direct...

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Jun 12, 2010 - Cantwell, AK

Denali – Day 2 Weather changed to cold and rainy Friday and has stayed that way, at noon Saturday, temp reached only 38 and we expect to wake to snow Sunday. Our fallback plan was to go back to the visitor ctr. and go to the dog sled presentation. Very informative, the typical dog sled dog is a mutt. A mixture of a lot of different breeds, none of which are wolves. I was surprised at how small they were. Not nearly as big as an average Shephard, but long legged and thin. They clearly love to work, the kennel held 20+ dogs and when it became...

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Jul 31, 2009 - A short move to Cantwell

We made a short move in the coach to Cantwell, at the corner of the Parks Highway and the Denali Highway. Cantwell is a good start off point to travel the Denali Highway a gravel road that takes you alongside the eastern Alaska Range. As we travelled to Cantwell we got great views of the Nenana River and part of the western Alaska Range.

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Jul 15, 2009 - Drive to Cantwell

We got up early to a overcast, drizzly morning as we got ready to drive to Denali. We had decided to stay outside the Park and get our laundry done, refresh our tanks and do some internet stuff before heading into Denali. We stayed at the Cantwell RV Park. It was a gravel parking lot but not dusty with great mountain views run by nice folks. It was fine for what we wanted to us it for – a quick in/out camp. After dumping our holding tanks and doing some laundry we turned in for the evening, excited about what lays ahead for our next few days.

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Jul 7, 2009 - Here fishy, fishy fishy

These past few days with Alan in Cantwell have been very enjoyable. We’ve been able to see where he worked for the past several years, meet his friends who are all just great people (generous too) and spend some quality time with him on his own turf. Each day he and Bob go in search of the elusive trout, but unfortunately, the trout aren’t in much abundance at this time. The king salmon run is very slow and since the trout follow the salmon, there have been few if any trout—certainly not the monsters we’d hoped for. When the fish whisperer...

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Jul 4, 2009 - An Alaskan 4th

A 4th of July in our 49th state was one to remember. Leisurely morning with coffee on the front "lawn", followed by a reunion with Miss Nicki. We then went grayling fishing on a local stream--Bob and Al fished, I sat on the bank reading a book and documenting the catch while Nicki swam and swam and swam. We then drove to the home of one of Al's friends where we were treated to an amazing feast. BBQ'd salmon, halibut, rock fish, ribs and caribou sausage along with mounds of salads, appetizers, wine and beer. Had there not been a fire in the...

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Jul 2, 2009 - Boo on Ohio Politicians

Never thought breakfast would be a highlight of a day, but today was just that!! Alan knocked on our door at 8 a.m. and took us to breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse. It defies description, other than to say ½ breakfast would have fed 2-3 people, and the toast was almost 1/3 loaf of bread! The roadhouse is just that—an historic roadhouse that has rooms to rent and long tables serving food, family style. Tables wobbled a bit, adding to the atmosphere. As we paid the bill, I surveyed the sweets in the case and drooled, but also giggled at...

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