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Jun 5, 2018 - Denali, Alaska

Fairbanks to Denali June 5 We left this am about 9:30 for the 2 ½ hour bus ride to Denali. We're staying 3 nights at the McKinley Chalet Resort. The ride was absolutely gorgeous. As we began, we could see the Alaska Range way in the distance and then eventually drove right to it. The mountains are huge. Where we're staying, there are tall, snow capped mountains all around us. Along the way, we stopped in the village of Nenana. They had free coffee, and cinnamon rolls (tomorrow's breakfast) and delicious homemade cookies. There was a gift...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Denali

The road trip from Fairbanks to Denali was an easy 2.5 hour drive. We made 2 stops for gas, just to make sure we had a full tank for our generator. Our check-in at Riley Creek was fast and easy. Just a few miles after we left Riley Creek, we saw a momma moose and 2 calves just enjoying their snack on fresh vegetation along the side of the road. At Teklanika, we found our site and settled in. Later in the afternoon, we explored the campground and went for a short walk on the river bed hoping to see more moose, but no luck. Just as we were...

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Alaska 2018

Aug 9, 2017 - Denali by bus - saw the big five

We were still recovering from that awesome plane rude to the tippity top of Denali's peak, when we had to get up at 4 am ti catch our bus through the interior of Denali. I did say 4 am. What a god awful time to have to get up. Or so I thought! Passenger cars can only drive about 10 miles into the park. The only way to get into the interior of the park is by bus or walk. We decided the bus was the best choice. We didn't have any bear bells with us. We were on an old school bus with about 40 people. Just to let you know, it was going to be...

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Aug 8, 2017 - Dip Net Fishing

Back tracking on this journal entry to one of the weirdest fishing spectacle we have ever seen. We were in Kenai on the Cook Inlet. We had pulled over to see a moose grazing in a big field near a wildlife boardwalk. A local started talking to us about wildlife. He said if you want to see something wild go watch the dip net fishing further down the bay. We had seen all these gigantic nets sticking out of trucks in town and had wondered what they do with these nets, so we had to go see what it was all about. It was absolutely crazy....

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Aug 8, 2017 - Flight to Denali - The High One

I left off with the 6 of us arriving back in Anchorage. We spent one night in Anchorage before starting the land portion of the cruise. The next morning we boarded a bus for a several hour drive with about 40 other people. We stopped in the small town of Talkeetna, where we caught the train that would take us to Denali National Park. We rode in the large domed cars which gave us great views of the Alaska and Talkeetna mountain ranges. It was a long day with far too many hours sitting on the bus and the train. We soon found out it was well...

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Jul 21, 2017 - Denali

DENALI NATIONAL PARK: (Jul 7-10) We drove from Fairbanks down into the mountains again. As this is ‘high’ season here in Alaska, we cannot always get RV sites where we would like to be, so we make do with whatever we can get, as close as we can get. It really hasn’t been a big problem. We passed Denali and went on to Cantwell. While staying there we checked out a husky sled dog program. We visited the home of a couple who raise Alaskan huskies for racing. The man has run in 3 Iditarod races. He hasn’t won one yet! It was very interesting....

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Jul 20, 2017 - 8hour bus tour in Denali

Eight hour bus tour through the interior of Denali. Saw lots of beautiful mountains, braided streams, and animals. Highlight was watching a wolf first down by the water, then he came up the hill near us and walked on the road ahead of our bus for a mile or two. Saw a grizzly with 2 cubs but not close enough to get a picture. We did not totally see the mountain (Denali) because it is usually in the clouds in the summer--it is 20,300' high. We will try again tomorrow on our way out of the park.

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Wild Alaska

Jun 15, 2017 - A day in the Alaskan Wilderness

We are now in the real Alaska. On our last day in Anchorage we did a short cruise on a lake that took us up to the face of the Portage Clacier. We then strolled down to Ship Creek where the salmon have started running and watched as local fisherman were casting into the fast moving River and pulling in enormous fish, the poor salmon have so many obstacles to overcome as they return home to spawn after four years at sea. After leaving Anchorage we had another cruise train that took us to Mt McKinley for the night. At Mt McKinley we visited a...

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Aug 24, 2016 - Denali Park, Alaska

Denali National Park and Preserve was established in 1917 as Mount McKinley National Park and renamed Denali in 1980. The Park lies on both sides of the Alaska Range, 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The Park road is open to the public to Mile 13. From mid-April to late Sept the shuttle buses start running. Transportation into the Park past Mile 13 can only be done on the Park Shuttle. The shuttle system is very organized and does a really good job of taking you through the park, with several stops and narration as we went along. We...

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Aug 12, 2016 - Denali, Part 2

Here are a few more Denali photos. When we took the hike with the ranger, he talked about the red squirrel. It eats spruce cones, and stores them for the winter. When eating, it bites away the outer covering first, which falls to the ground and eventually all those little bits and pieces become a midden. Then the squirrel uses the midden to hide nuts in, for the winter. Middens can be several feet deep—not the result of just one squirrel, but many over the years. Just as he finished speaking, a red squirrel appeared and posed for our...

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Aug 11, 2016 - Denali National Park

Here we are at Denali National Park! We’re staying at the Savage River Campground, which is at Mile 13 or so (of 92 miles) on the Parks Road. The campground only recently re-opened after closing, at least to tent campers, for weeks due to a grizzly bear attack. So here is the story, as we learned from the ranger: Two hikers thought the bear was acting in an aggressive manner. This occurred on one of the trails in the campground area (there are several trails around here). To distract the bear, they threw their backpacks at it. The...

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Aug 6, 2016 - Denali

August 6, 2016 Got some laundry done while Bob had pancakes which is a treat for him. Found out that we could get good park WiFi and plug in at Mercantile. We are supposed to have scattered showers today but plan to spend the day hiking. Off we went to Horseshoe Lake which is north of the Visitor Center. It is the first lake we have seen in the area as the other bodies of water are kettle ponds caused by glacier pools. There was a bit of elevation down to the lake which is abutted by the Nenana River that is created by glacier runoff. Was...

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