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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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Aug 9, 2011 - Denali, AK

August 6, 7, 8, 9, 2011 – Denali, AK Denali RV Park and Motel On our trip from Anchorage to Denali, we stopped at the small town of Talkeetna. This was something John and I wanted to do since we had taken a plane ride out of here the first time we were in Alaska. In the late 1960’s Talkeetna became the place that mountaineers from around the world came to scale the 20,320 foot Mt. McKinley (also known for its native name Denali). Talkeetna still has some of its old town charm, but it has grown so much and it is also full of restaurants,...

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Jun 26, 2011 - The Murie Science Center

Sunday morning was another lazy start. After lunch we went to the Murie Science Centre where we watched a fascinating video on forest fires and another one on the ecological changes to the park over the last 90 years. Then over to the wilderness centre to watch a movie on the history of the park. It was a beautiful afternoon so we walked down to the train station to watch the train come in. At least 1000 cruise people got off and boarded buses to take them to their hotels. After dinner we went for a stroll around the campgrounds and then bed.

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Jun 25, 2011 - Trip to Glitter Gulch

A lazy morning. Hung around the trailer and read while Marilyn went for a short walk. It would have been a longer walk but she realized that she was in the woods with moose and grizzly bears by herself with no preparation so she turned around and headed home. After lunch we headed in to "Glitter Gulch", the area on the highway just outside the park. It's lots of gift shops, restaurants, hotels and adventure companies. The hotels are almost all owned by the cruise lines and they are beautiful. We toured all the gift shops. Actually Marilyn...

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