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Aug 5, 2006 - Denali National Park

Friday was an easy 126 mile day, of course wagonmaster Larry, wanted to hit the road a 7 am, so we set the A L A R M so we could be ready to follow him out. Got down to the campground and are parked next to the river in a spot with a great view... of course the river is about 100 feet below ... and it's a sheer cliff to the water ... Kathie is not to happy about that. Ran down to the Denali National Park visitor center for a quick look with Bob and Janet. It was quick because they needed to get back in time to river rafting. As Paul could...

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Aug 4, 2006 - Denali, Alaska

Mile 9346 Denali - the jewel of the trip, so far. The bad roads, the broken lights are all made worthwhile by the arrival in Denali. Magnificent mountains and, AND, we got to see what most people don't - a clear view of Mount McKinley, Denali itself. In the summer months, it is clouded over 80% of the time. By the way, locally and by the Native people, Mount McKinley is known by its original name - Denali. The drive through the park is controlled; you can't just wander at your own pace, but the drive is wonderful. We didn't see a lot of...

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Jul 20, 2006 - Denali

Wednesday, July 19 After our evening with Gerry and Ed and anticipating a short drive to Denali National Park, we took our time in the morning and didn't leave Fairbanks until after 11:00 AM. With the exception of about 30 miles of construction with two halts for one-way traffic, the drive to the park was relatively easy. We picked a campgrounds close to the entrance to the park that was rather Spartan. It consisted of a large gravel lot with three rows for RV's packed tightly together and had minimal facilities. After the usual trailer set...

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Jul 10, 2006 - Denali National Park

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 -- Denali NP 7762 miles On our drive up to Denali National Park yesterday, we saw lots of mountains, but were only able to glimpse the top of Mt. Denali (McKinley) through a window in the clouds. Today was a different story. We got up at 4:30AM to board a bus into the park - it looked clear, but on the way in it began to rain. Just when we had given up hope of seeing the "tall one", she appeared in all of her full glory. The base of Mt. Denali is at 2000 feet and she soars to just over 20,000, the most visible...

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Jun 29, 2006 - Denali - Day One

Spent the morning at the University of Alaska museum in Fairbanks. Tom and Betty were right when they said this was a worthwhile place - really interesting natural history and art museum. As we were leaving the parking area, we could see Mt. McKinley faintly in the distance. Couldn't take a photo because it was 145 miles away but...still, it was neat to see it. Drove from Fairbanks to Denali - the road was the best so far. Had lunch in Nenana - at the Two Choices Cafe. Turns out, that the two choices on the menu were "take it or leave it"....

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Jun 17, 2006 - Into The Wild.

For those of you who didn't read the book "Into The Wild," by Jon Krakauer: Cris McCandless was a young idealist who traveled about the country in rather unusual fashion. He went to Alaska, hiked the dog trail at the end of Stampede Road about 30 miles out into the bush. He spent the winter in an old school bus and ultimately starved to death. I stopped at the Chamber of Commerce in Healy to inquire about him. They pointed me up the highway about 3 miles to Stampede Road. Sean Penn is currently directing and co producing a movie version....

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Aug 9, 2005 - Day 12

Shorty got me up so we could get started early. We drove out to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. They house the Alaska Museum, Botanical Research Gardens and the Large Animal Research Station (LARS). The museum was probably the most informative museum I've been to in a long time, on a wide variety of subjects. They had things on prehistoric life in Alaska, the early man and animal, the Indian, right up to the modern times in Alaska. Even though Alaska didn't become a part of the U.S. until it was purchased from Russia in 1867 - it became...

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