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Jul 2, 2019 - Denali National Park

Day 46, July 2 Arrived in Denali National Park around lunchtime. Set up the trailer in a really nice site in Riley Creek Campground and Dianna wanted me to get the TV on so she could watch. Sorry dear this is a national park so no hookups. You will have to wait until I can run the generator, between 4 and 8 PM. Riley Creek is near the entrance to the park. We will be here for 3 nights then move to an interior campground. Teklanika campground is at mile 29. We will be there for the final 4 nights. You can drive the park road to Teklanika but...

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2019 Alaska RV Trip

Jun 24, 2019 - Kantishna Wilderness Tour

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Denali National Park and Preserve website (www.nps.gov/dena) as to say about the Park: “In many ways, Denali is simpler than most national parks. If you plan to understand the park, or plan a visit, it helps to know some basic details: • Denali has only one road, and only one road entrance. Called the Denali Park Road, it is 92 miles long and runs from east to west. It is a scenic road made mostly of dirt and gravel. It starts in a low, forested area, but rises and falls through mountain passes...

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Jun 23, 2019 - Alaskan Railroad To Denali

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND The Nenana Ice Classic competition began in 1917 when railroad engineers bet a total of 800 dollars, winner takes all; guessing the exact time (month, day, hour, minute) ice on the Tanana River would break up. Each year since then, Alaska residents have guessed at the timing of the river breakup. The Tanana River in the Interior of Alaska usually freezes over during October and November. The ice continues to grow throughout the winter accumulating an average maximum thickness of about 110 cm, depending upon winter weather...

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Jun 23, 2019 - Denali National Park

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD It was almost noon when we pulled into the Denali train depot after a four-hour journey from Fairbanks. A number of the passengers were heading to the Denali Bluffs Hotel so a shuttle was sent to collect us. Just as the name describes, the hotel was nestled on the hillside above the highway and the string of other hotels and services below. We had a big laugh when we saw the yield sign that showed a massive mosquito carrying away a human with its legs! The hotel buildings were beautiful and well-appointed but we...

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May 26, 2019 - Blog Thirteen - Denali

Blog Thirteen - Denali Friday 24 May 2019 It is a short driving day today so need to get up early. We had a plan and that involved hitting the road a bit later than usual. So with brekkie down and the car packed we headed off about 9:00 back towards Fairbanks. We had a quick stop at Fred Meyers for some fruit and a frappa before we hit the highway. However it was only a short time until we had our first stop at the village of Ester. On doing some research the previous day we found a jeweller who resides there with her shop at her house and...

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Sep 11, 2018 - Another beautiful day in Denali

After breakfast we went for a hike with Jess, one of the guides here. Jess is from Port Huron Michigan! Another sunny not so cold day. Beautiful fall colors every where. We went to Wonder Lake to see if we could get a could reflection photo. TOday Denali was covered with a very interesting swirly cloud. We hiked near Moose Creek which was very interesting as it was bigger than some of the rivers we saw yesterday! We sampled the berries we found growing here (ate a portion of some poor bear or caribou's breakfast). We tasted a wild...

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Sep 10, 2018 - Northern Lights

Couldn't have hoped for a better day. The only negative was the pressure in the shower was bad! Sunshine and wonderful temperature as we left at 1:00 to go to the lodge in the park. 92 mile drive that takes about 6 hours with 3 stops. We are at the last lodge in the park. The end of the road. It was so clear today that we got to see Denali in all its glory! We are so fortunate to have chosen this week to come. Most of the lodges are closing by Friday. There were only 9 people, and one was an employee, on the bus! About 20 miles into the...

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Sep 9, 2018 - Beautiful Alaska

While we were waiting for the shuttle to take us to the airport Verne pointed out the sign on the hotel about being aware of moose. Never thought of seeing moose in downtown Anchorage. We didn't see any. But we met some people on the train today who some 4 of the airport yesterday! We upgraded our train tickets to be in the dome car. It was fantastic. After the first stop the train made, about an hour into the trip, everyone from our except for 2 other couples and us got off the train. The rest of the trip was just the 6 of us and our...

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Aug 12, 2018 - Denali

We arrived at Denali National Park on Monday afternoon (Denali RV Park and Motel in Healy, just north of the park entrance) and had dinner at the Denali Park Salmon Bake Restaurant. On Tuesday we just drove into the park as far as private vehicles can go which is about 15 miles. The weather was overcast so we could not see Denali, formerly Mt. McKinley. We purchased a tour on the Denali Bus for a trip to Wonder Lake neat the base of Denali hoping for better weather on Wednesday. This didn't happen. Wednesday was even worse. It rained and...

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Aug 7, 2018 - Moose and Caribou and Bears, oh my!

Another early morning simply thrilled Maria! The Park buses loaded early since the animals feed in the mornings and that is what we were interested in seeing. Our driver had been working these assignments for 25 years which was good to know when we started up the mountain roadway on our Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour. The first 15 miles are paved and are open to all vehicles. After the Ranger Station at milepost 15, only Park buses and official vehicles are allowed because the road is narrow and unpaved with EXTREMELY steep drop offs to the...

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Aug 6, 2018 - McKinley Express train to Denali National Park

We boarded the McKinley Explorer train to Denali National Park on a misty morning, and my photos show fog in the distance and raindrops on the train windows. Sorry! Mother Nature didn't seem to care about my photos but we had been told that August was the beginning of Fall and their rainy season. With that in mind, we were actually very lucky that most days were quite nice. The train was extremely comfortable with very high windows so we could see the mountain peaks. What a lovely ride! We saw a lot of narrow rushing rivers as well as the...

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Aug 3, 2018 - Denali

Raining off and on on the way to Denali. Our only glimpse of the behemoth mountain was from a distance as we approached the 20,000 foot giant. We stayed in the park at Teklanika campground which is 30 miles into the park. While driving into the park to Teklanika, we were lucky enough to see a bull moose very close to the road. We had mostly rainy days at Denali unfortunately but we had a great wildlife day on the bus to and from the Eielson Visitor Center. On the way there we saw caribou, moose, and Dall Sheep. We saw a couple brown bears...

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