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Mar 8, 2016 - The road to Denali

Once we got all the papers for the maserati we just bought we were also given an extension cord so we could plug the car in to keep the engine warm otherwise the oil thickens up in the cold and the car won't start. We drove to Walmart in Fairbanks to buy winter gloves and a fleece for Dan and beer and wine for both. On hearing our accent the check out chick asked if we were from ...Germany! For breakfast we ate at Sam's Sourdough Cafe. Considered by many to be the best diner in town. It's not fancy but very popular. We've eaten there...

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Sep 3, 2015 - Two days in Denali

We were very fortunate to spend two clear blue sky days in Denali Nat Park. The park is hugh, rough, gorgeous, and very primitive. We took the 12 hour bus ride into the interior of the park and it was nice but tiring. The mountain was visible both days which only 30 percent of visitors get to see and so I was glad for that. We camped in our "bed on wheels" and the first night it was 22 degrees. Linda thought we were going to freeze to death. Tonight, Thursday Sep 3, we are in Anchorage and headed for Seward tomorrow. Hopeful for clear...

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JC&Linda Clark

Aug 22, 2015 - Denali, finally have internet access

Try to catch up with some blog. Sitting outside on a picnic table at Denali because it is the only place that has internet. Finally got the RV all fixed up. New rotors, new calipers, pads were OK. That and an oil change and $1000 later and we were on our way up the Dalton Highway to Coldfoot. One of our goals was to get to the Arctic Ocean, but we only made it up to Coldfoot. We were running out of time to get to Seward for our fishing trip and there was 4 to 6 inches of snow in the pass to the north. It was also a terrible road but not as...

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Aug 9, 2015 - Day 33

Later wake up and breakfast buffet at hotel as upcoming train ride is more than 8 hours. Much cooler and windy while waiting for bus to take us to train station in Park. Seats in "glass top" train very spacious and are on top floor of train car. Bottom floor is dining area and bathrooms. All train cars are named after rivers and end in "na" which is Indian word for "waters" Our car is Eklutna. Very enthusiastic attendants! Sites along route= Panorama mountain (last remaining limestone mountain), Cantwell (home of maintenance staff),...

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Aug 8, 2015 - Day 32

Up early to walk back up hill for breakfast and buy Subway sandwich to take on bus tour of park (Olivia recommended supplementing box lunch provided on tour)The bus driver and guide was Joe. He drove us 52 miles up to turn around and back on sometimes narrow road and steep road. There are two areas where McKinley is visible but we only saw the south summit due to clouds. (We talked to a couple who did the tour yesterday when there was good visibility) There were people biking and hiking along the road and in the park. We did see moose,...

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Aug 5, 2015 - July 29--Day 2 with the grandchildren

We got up and had breakfast and got all our gear together for a big day at the park. We had gone over all the schedules and decided to drive a little on our own and then attend a lecture for the boys on dinosaurs in Denali and then have lunch and go to see the sled dog demonstration. We packed our lunch since we did not want to pay $10 for grilled cheese sandwiches and headed over to the park. We drove around a little and then went to education center so that the boys could learn about the animals of the park, get some credit for their...

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Aug 5, 2015 - Denali July 28, 2015-- First day with Elisabeth and the boys

We got up and had breakfast and then sort of waited around as we waited for Elisabeth to get to Denali. It is about a 4 to 5 hour drive from Anchorage and they arrived about 2 p.m.They were very excited to be in Alaska. After getting some of their stuff in the RV we headed over to Denali. We needed to go to the Wilderness Center to pick up our tickets for the bus trip and they wanted to drive into the park. So we headed up the park road. We got to an overlook and could see Mt McKinley about 80 miles away. Not a great view, but enough to say...

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Aug 5, 2015 - First Day at Denali-- July 27, 2015

I am going to try to catch you all up on what has been happening on this trip. As many of you know, Elisabeth and Jack and Tucker decided while we were in Banff to fly out and join us for 10 days. Their plane landed in Anchorage at about 7:30 pm our time on the 27th. So as I mentioned earlier we stocked up with food and drink in Fairbanks before heading down to Denali National Park. We arrived at the Denali about mid day on the 27th and went to the visitor's center to check out what was happening in and around the park. We picked up...

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Aug 5, 2015 - July 30, 2015 -- all day bus tour of Denali

We had done some research on the tour options available in the park. Since most of the road into the park is closed to private vehicles, you can only get past mile 16 on a park bus. They have tours and shuttle buses. They travel the same roads, but the shuttles do not have a ranger doing narration and do not go as far into the park. The tour buses also cost a lot more. We decided to take the 60 mile shuttle bus to Eielson Visitors Center-- 65 miles into the park and an 8 hour ride. The bus would make rest stops every hour or so and bus...

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Jul 31, 2015 - Denali National Park -Tour to Eielson Visitor Center

July 31, 2015 – Denali National Park Bus Tour to Eielson Visitor Center Expecting that we would see more wildlife early in the morning, we booked the 6:30 bus tour into the park. Though the company would have picked us up at the campground, having taken this trip before, we decided to drive down to the visitor center so we could get “good” seats near the front. The buses are repurposed school buses so...you get the picture as to how “comfortable” they are. However, on the 12 mile trip to the visitor center, we saw no less than five! moose...

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Jul 30, 2015 - Savage Alpine Trail, Denali National Park

July 30, 2015-Savage Alpine Trail, Denali National Park Sometimes, words and pictures fail to convey the scope, scale, magnitude, or emotional impact of the “high places”. So...while I will try to describe and while the photographs may show the scenes, if you get the chance to climb high above tree line in the midst of towering peaks, do it. Bob and I decided to hike the Savage Alpine Trail in Denali National Park today. Naturally, when we were ready to start, it started to rain so we waited a few hours, took a nap and ultimately, when the...

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Jul 28, 2015 - Pictures from Denali

I am going to try to post some pictures while we wait for Elisabeth and the boys to arrive. Woke up to 45 degree temperature and cloudy. Rained a lot yesterday and showers are in the forecast for today. Typical Denali weather we are told. This the ferry you take across the Yukon to start the Top of the World highway The view Wildlife Headed down the road Alaska Pipeline Dawson city The Herring Sock company

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