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Aug 24, 2018 - Kantishna Wilderness Trail Bus Tour

14 hour bus trip today through the Denali State Parks, 90 miles there and 90 miles back, rainy and cold (about 2C) hoping we will see some wildlife. 6 million acres of beautiful countryside, vast and differing around each corner. With the bus humming and scanning the countryside for wildlife, makes your eyes tired and easily snoozing, while listening to our guide Melanie, until excitement of Stop! Back up and click click click. Caribou first up, peaceful, in a group. They have white bottoms. Around 2,660 live in the park. A fair bit of...

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Alaska, Canada, Fiji

Aug 23, 2018 - Denali white water rafting

Luckily we checked what we needed to wear, as we are used to wetsuits, so only pack our bathers. In this case, and definitely needed, was a drysuit. So we had to layer underneath, 2-4 layers on each of us. Water was 1C so hypothermia could occur if our drysuit so didn't work. Tight around the neck and wrists, and all the rest covered so water cannot enter. Training done, time to get in and paddle! Over class II, III, and IV Rapids on the Nenana River, made very exciting with our guide Peacock at the helm. Lots of whooo's and yeehaa's and...

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Alaska, Canada, Fiji

Aug 9, 2018 - Day 7 - All Aboard the Denali Star

Another early morning departure.... this time on a different mode of transportation, the train! The Alaska Railroad plays a significant role in the transport of goods and connecting the communities of South Central and Interior Alaska, as well as providing visitors with a look at some otherwise inaccessible scenery. The 470 mile main line which runs from Seward to Fairbanks was completed in 1923. Our train, the Denali Star, left the Fairbanks station at 8:15 a.m. After leaving the flat plains around Fairbanks, we headed into swampy areas,...

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Living Our Dream

Jul 28, 2017 - Rainbow Village RV Park - Denali AK

We departed Anchorage missing Jackie who flew home for medical reasons and headed north to Denali after a short stint back in Anchorage to regroup. The drive up was of course scenic and we looked forward to the clouds clearing so we could actually see Mt Denali!

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Jun 11, 2014 - Denali NP. Bear & McKinley. 1

We had a reservation for the Green Bus at 9:10 AM at the Teklanika Campground (mile 29). "Green" is for its color and not necessarily any environmental achievement. We were going to go to the end of the road but catching the bus at the campground made it a 10-hour trip and not 12. There was snow on the hills around the campground and we eventually bussed into it. By the time we reached the Eielson Visitor Center (mile 66) it was snowing pretty good. We didn't think we would see McKinley this day. We continued on and a sub-adult grizzly bear...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Denali National Park.

We drove to Teklanika campground. At 29 miles into the 92 mile Park Road, it is the furthest you can bring a private vehicle. You have to reserve a minimum of 3 nights and once you park your vehicle, you can't move it until you leave. All this reduces traffic on the Park Road. They have different ranger presentations every night. These were fun. We also bought a park bus reservation for a bus that stops at the campground. Your first ride is guaranteed for date and time but you can use your ticket stub to take buses on other days on a...

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Jun 9, 2014 - Denali National Park

Denali National Park was always one of our prime destinations. We have the first night in Riley Creek campground which is just inside the park. We took a short drive to check out the beginning of the Park Road. The next three nights would be in Taklanika Campground, 29 miles inside the park under special restrictions.

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Jul 6, 2013 - We travel to Denali National Park & Take a LONG bus tour inside the Park/

On Friday we broke camp and mover south and west 130 miles to a campground just outside Denali National Park. We arrived about 3pm and got settled. One moose was spotted on the way. We went and picked up our tickets for the Saturday tour bus ride we booked. You can only drive a personal vehicle 15 miles into the park and Mount McKinley is 90 miles in. So you are forced to book on shuttle or tour buses to see the sights. Our tour will be thirteen hours and 92 miles each way and leave at 6:20AM. HISTORY: Denali National Park was established...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Denali National Park

Sunday morning we took the Natural History Tour into Denali National Park. The National Park Service does not allow regular tour buses into the park because of their size and weight, so all tours are done on school buses. Ours was a "Blue Bird All American", a type of bus built almost exclusively in Ft. Valley, GA. It was definitely a long way from home. On the tour we spent time at the park visitors center. It provided a good overview of the vast area of the park, its principal feature (Mt. McKinley, or Denali, whichever you prefer),...

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Alaska Trip 2013

Jun 4, 2013 - Huskies and the Mountain

Since I work at the hostel front desk all the tours in the area are courting me to come try out their stuff so I can promote and sell their company better. I'm trying to do a tour per week. So, these are the first two. Husky Homestead Tour The Iditarod is an 1150 mile dog sled race through back country trails in Alaska in Winter. Jeff King is a world-champion musher who has done the Iditarod the past 23 years and won 3 times. I got to go meet him and hear him speak about training his dogs and his time in the race. Jeff King himself is...

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On the Road Again

May 27, 2013 - The First Two Weeks

So, for this first post I'm not going to talk about any of the big activities that I've done or the animals I've seen but focus mostly on the things surrounding me everyday. The first thing I saw driving up from Anchorage was THE MOUNTAIN. Known locally as Denali but officially as Mt. McKinley. I was lucky enough to see it my first full day in Alaska as it's it only visible about 30% of the time due to haze and clouds. It's 20,320 feet high and is the biggest mountain I've ever seen! The hostel is surround by mountains in the Alaskan...

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On the Road Again

Aug 26, 2012 - Denali

We awoke to rain,and have had "liquid sunshine" ALL day. We slept great at the Cantwell RV Park. Cleanest bath house in the state, but others have been quite clean, too. Arrived in Denali national Park at 11:30, just in time for the start of a movie in the visitors center which is gorgeous and has tons of displays about the animal and plant life in the park. We also saw a sled dog demo which would have been more enjoyable if we weren't cold & damp! Drove the RV just north of the park to Rainbow RV Park which is in a 5-month "town" of just...

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