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Jul 6, 2015 - Talkeetna 6/16-19

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Denali National Park to Talkeetna Talkeetna Camper Park Miles today: 181.5 Animals: caribou 2, moose 2 As we were leaving Denali NP, a bus driver pointed out two caribou for us to see as well as his busload of passengers. Close to the entrance, we saw the aggressive moose with two babies who is terrorizing the Riley Creek Campground. She beds down at the entrance to that campground and she is not leaving. She has injured at least one tourist so far who probably walked too close to her. We did a little shopping close...

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Jul 6, 2015 - Fairbanks to Denali NP 6/12-15

Friday, June 12, 2015 Fairbanks, AK to Denali National Park Teklanika Campground #19 Miles today: 122 This morning we had coffee with Donna & Carolyn, Girl Scout Leaders that Kelly met while in Switzerland with Kayla’s troop 6 years ago. Then we headed on down to Denali National Park. At the Denali Visitor Center, we unhooked the jeep and left it in overnight parking. Teklanika Campground, where we were going, is 29 miles into the park. Most private vehicles are not allowed past mile 15. But with our camping permit, we could drive further....

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Jul 4, 2015 - Denali National Park and Preserve – Riley Creek Campground

Arrived for our second week at Denali. Our friends, Don and Judy, are on the site next to us. Their friends, Mike and Mary, are just up the road on another site. It’s good to see our friends and have the opportunity to sit with them and chat, go out to eat, shop, etc. Don, Judy, Rog and I had planned to go on one of the park’s bus rides into Denali, but that day dawned rainy and cool, so we decided not to go. The company operating the bus rides wouldn’t give us our money back or exchange our tickets for another day, so that was a bummer....

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Retired at Last!

Jun 13, 2015 - Denali National Park and Preserve – Riley Creek Campground

Arrived for our first week in Denali and promptly saw a moose. They told Rog when he checked in that there is a cow (female moose) running around the campground with two calves, but we haven’t seen them yet. Word has it that the mama moose has already put one guest in the hospital while protecting her babies, but we can’t confirm that. We did see a moose again the next day, but still no calves. Weather has been less than perfect here. Cloudy, cool and damp most days. Today is the worst yet. It rained all night and is still in the 40’s at 3...

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Retired at Last!

Jun 11, 2015 - Denali park

Day 18 Denali National Park. We have a bus tour reserved for Friday 6-13. We are spoiled in KS the internet does not go down for the whole city. No businesses have internet access here for last 4 hours. Have to pay cash for everything. This means Nina can only spend so much she is limited to the cash on hand! HA. Denali is the highest mountain in North America use to be called Mount McKinley. Lots of trinket shops and tour providers and service businesses such as motels, RV camps camping sites but most of all beautiful scenery. All very fun...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Teklanika Campground, Denali to Bird Creek Campground, Chugach State Park, Seward Hwy., Alaska

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Teklanika Campground, Denali National Park to Bird Creek Campground, Chugach State Park, Seward Highway, Alaska 303.9 miles TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: "The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see." - Gilbert K. Chesterton Luckily, today had a bit of both..... Woke with the alarm at 6:45, rolled out actually at 7:05. It was a cloudy/sunny day so no real qualms about leaving Denali National Park this morning; we had considered staying and taking a bus further in if it was perfectly clear with...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Teklanika Campground, Denali National Park: Day 3

Monday, June 8, 2015 Teklanika Campground, Denali National Park TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them." - Mark Twain It's a good thing that Art and I are so compatible.....traveling within a box of about 50 sq. ft for days on end makes it interesting. I got more annoyed with the people I shared the bus with all day today.... Woke up with the alarm at 5:15.....ugh! I hate mornings, early mornings especially. The only tolerable early...

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Jun 7, 2015 - Teklanika Campground, Denali National Park: Day 2

Sunday, June 7, 2015 Teklanika Campground, Denali National Park TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." - John Muir Alarm at 7:00; Art got right up and I snoozed until 8; hard time getting going today....Sunny day again! Some clouds too but better than rain, so I'll take it! Made tea, ate the final Poptart, wrote up...

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Jun 6, 2015 - Resident Moose 6-6-2015

The day started out with a quite a show today. The Moose and her calf's showed up across the street from us first thing this morning. We were having coffee when the ranger showed up to warn the young couple across from is and there kids that this Moose is very aggressive. Within a few minutes it was chasing the ranger around his car. Luckily he had left his door open just in case but his coffee didn't survive. He said it was his coffee all over the front of him. Jury is still out on that. So for the next 2hrs it was, watch the Moose to see...

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Jun 6, 2015 - Teklanika Campground, Denali National Park: Day 1

Saturday, June 6, 2015 Teklanika Campground, Denali National Park TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: "If at some point you don't ask yourself 'What have I gotten myself into?' then you're not doing it right." - Roland Gau Hoooo boy, is that a true statement! It happens to me more frequently than I actually want to admit to....LOL! I slept really hard last night. Art up at 8 and me at 9. Beautiful blue skies and sunshine - hurray! Made tea and wrote up yesterday's journal entry. Art put racks on the bikes so we could bring our trunks with us and this...

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Jun 5, 2015 - Willow Creek State Rec Area to Teklanika Campground, Denali National Park

Friday, June 5, 2015 Willow Creek State Rec Area, Willow, AK to Teklanika Campground, Denali National Park 253.6 miles TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Decide how you want to feel, and go wherever it takes to feel that way." - Andy Hayes I REALLY like how I feel when I'm in Denali National Park........free and easy and peaceful.... Got up at 7:30 to another cloudy, cool day; quite breezy/windy. Off/on showers. Got dressed, ate breakfast (tea and a granola bar - larder starting to run low) and decided to head to Talkeetna. Wrote up one last trip...

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Jun 4, 2015 - Aint no Mount McKinley

We rolled into Denali National Forest today with cameras in our packs and excitement in our hearts. We were ready to tackle taking pictures of Mt. McKinley. Alas, the weather did not cooperate, Mt. McKinley was hidden by the clouds. We entered the information center to get our maps and decide on a hike. With the maps in our hands and dressed for winter we headed out to the trail head. After a long and desperate search for the trail we needed, Art flagged down two forrest ranger, they put us on the trail we needed. Well, after another long...

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