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Jul 5, 2007 - Denali, Alaska...bears and all

Finally, Denali!: We arrived at the Denali visitor’s Center which was 5 miles from the hostel and decided to explore. We ended up finding a mother moose and her calf along the side of the trail. She had been charging at people all morning and we decided to keep a safe distance due to her prior aggression. Our shuttle never arrived to pick us up that night so we hitched a ride with another shuttle that brought us 3 miles closer to our hostel. We ended up flagging down our hostel van and making it back safe to our lodgings. The front desk had...

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Jul 2, 2007 - Bottoms Up Denali

We're just in from the big trip up from Denali and we blew the roof off of that place too (that's just for you Sue, as we know that you LOVE blowing the roof off of places) It all began after our big night out in "the city" of Anchorage. We were able to represent NY in a big way by starting out in the one token Irish Bar in town and finishing off the night in Humpys, by the by, one of the best party places to meet and hang with the locals. Now to get to the good stuff, early Sunday morning we departed good ol Anchorage around noonish and...

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Jun 29, 2007 - Second Visit to Denali

The morning was filled with chores at the trailer. We left Cantwell around noon headed for Denali National Park. It was sunny and warm—around 68 degrees. Although we had not planned to try to stay at Denali Park again, we found ourselves hoping that they would have room in Tek Campground for us. Unfortunately, they did not and we decided to get tickets and take the bus as far as Fish Creek the next day. The park has a free sled dog demonstration that we attended. The ranger in charge of the program was from where else but Ohio! The park...

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Alaska 2007

Jun 26, 2007 - Denali

We're camped at Teklanika Campground which is located 29 miles into the park. No phone; real flaky internet. We'll post a good journal and pictures when we leave the wilderness early July. We had a great time at Teklanika. We arrived on 6/26 and settled in. Took a short bus ride just to test the system the first day. The next day we took the bus to Wonder Lake. It was a long day but we saw some beautiful scenery. We saw Mt. McKinley, with minimum clouds. Along the way we saw Snowshoe hare, lynx, a wolf ambling down the road, Dall sheep,...

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North to Alaska

Jun 21, 2007 - Denali National Park, AK

We left the Santa Land RV Park in North Pole, AK. They say that is where Santa spends his summers, I know he must have been close because we saw his reindeer there! The campground was real cute with the streets in the campground named after the reindeer and decorated for Christmas. We are now on the road south from Fairbanks toward Denali National Park. We stopped at Nenana to see a museum about the Alaska Railroad. Freddy picked up a thing that looked like a forked stick and waved it at me. He said it was what the railroad agent would use...

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Jun 16, 2007 - Denali

We continued north on the Parks Highway - another beautiful sunny day which again afforded us good views of Denali. It is really quite impressive towering over the other mountains. We made a couple of stops for photos cognizant of the fact that our view could disappear in minutes. It's a good thing we did because as we got closer the clouds began to roll in. We took the first fifteen mile ride into the park, which is open to car traffic. The views of the savanna-like upper plains bordered by mountains were quite beautiful, but we saw no...

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Jun 15, 2007 - Denali National Park

The Athabascan native people gave the peak that crowns the Alaska Range the name Denali, meaning the "High One." Mount McKinley or Denali at 20,320 feet high can be seen on a clear day in Anchorage, about 230 miles away. The National Park covers 6 million acres and looks wild and unspoiled. Caribou, moose, Dall sheep, wolves, wolverines, lynx, grizzly bears and black bears are the large animals that inhabit the land along with more than 650 species of flowering plants plus many species of mosses, lichens, fungi, algae and other forms of...

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Jun 12, 2007 - Denali Day 1 and 2 6/11-12/2007

Boy, this is hard to get caught up on after missing a couple of days. It is also difficult to make a selection of pictures to post out of approximately 250. We left Cantwell with cloudy skies and cool temps. It was a short 40 mile trip. We turned in to the Denali Park road and right there by the road was a moose--what excitement! After our required visit to the wilderness center to get our permits and a visit to the information center we were on our way to Teklanika Campground. This was a 30 mile drive into the park on a gravel road. We...

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Alaska 2007

Jun 9, 2007 - Manley to Denali National Park

I had originally planned a side trip to Circle upon leaving Manley however everyone I spoke with told me the only thing out there was a resort that had closed a couple of years ago. It was 100 km one way. I need a front tire and my steering head bearing had developed a flat spot, likely from the heavy hits the bike had taken along the haul road. Although this bearing was annoying it was not realy a problem. Still, I thought I should skip Circle to gain a day so I could try and get it replaced in Anchorage along with a new front tire. I...

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Jun 4, 2007 - Denali

Denali National Park and Preserve was once called Mt McKinley National Park; the name was changed by act of Congress in 1980. McKinley was the white man's name given in honor of the person who eventually became president. However, Denali, meaning," the high one", is the name used by the Native peoples for thousands of years. Personally, we didn't discover it, so we shouldn't name it. Almost four miles high, Mt McKinley is the highest mountain in North America. The peak itself is only visible for about 25% of the time or so. The mountain is...

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Jun 3, 2007 - Denali

The morning Bore Tide is not as big as the evening one but we missed it to. We were making scones as it passed us by. Stopped at Costco in Anchorage for gas before heading north to Denali on the Park Highway. The scenery changed as we headed north. It was much warmer and the Aspen and Birch were fully leafed out. There were no mountains till we got near Denali, only rolling hills covered mostly with Aspen and some evergreen. As we got close to where the map said Mt McKinley ought to be we kept looking but all we could see were clouds and a...

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May 29, 2007 - Alas, the Sun

We woke to grey skies, but they soon gave way to sun, glorious sun! And I promptly kicked the kids outside. Well, more like took them to Pioneer Park. We left Fairbanks today, but before we did, Joe had to gas up, propane up (you know the routine) and go wait for a sattelite phone to be delivered to the UPS store in Fairbanks. So instead of us all going to do those things, he did and I took the kids out for what turned out to be all afternoon. We went back to the same place that we had the Salmon Bake and the play we went to, Pioneer Park....

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