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Aug 2, 2019 - Bucket List Check Offs - Woo Hooooooo

Sunday we moved up to the Talkeetna area. Don’t know if I mentioned that we stayed at Mt. View RV Park in Palmer. It is a good full hookup park to stay in within the Palmer area with reasonable rates. We still (at this point) don’t know why our MiFi wasn’t working there. Talkeetna is a small but interesting town at the confluence of three major rivers, some distance south of Denali NP. It is the jump off point for those climbing the mountain (climbers are flown to the base camp at 7,200’) and for flightseeing of “The Great One”. In 2013 we...

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Jul 9, 2019 - Jet Boat Ride & Talkeetna

7/8/19 I walked Daisy early before the heat set in and did some laundry before we needed the electric for our A/C. We were killing time reading and working on our photos and relaxing. We left for our jet boat ride at 5 p.m. (we booked the 7 p.m. trip thinking it would be cooler then but it was NOT). It was so hot in town, but thankfully cooler on the Talkeetna river. The highlight of boat ride was supposed to be view of Denali, unfortunately it was HIDDEN by the heavy smoke. The boat ride was just a little disappointing in that it was...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Drive up to Talkeetna

We've had lots of rainy days here in Alaska, but sometimes we had to get out & see the sights anyways. We decided to drive to Talkeetna...just because we've never been...lol...just like every where else here. Talkeetna is a small town, definitely geared to catering to hikers, at least thats the way I saw it. There were several small cafes & souvenir shops, along with shops that carry camping & hiking gear.

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Jul 16, 2018 - Train to Talkeetna

On Sunday morning, we were up early at the Denali Princess Lodge as we were on the move again. We boarded a bus for a transfer to the Denali Rail Depot where we boarded the Princess train. Oh my goodness – it was so cool! There was an engine with 4 cars - each car was a double-decker with dining and observation rooms on the bottom, and seating on the top. The top level was all glass which provided optimal viewing all around us. We settled in and were on our way. We were in the 4th passenger car in the back of the train, and our car had the...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Talkeetna

The skies were overcast as we left our site at Teklanika. We have really enjoyed the 4 nights here. The views of Denali and the surrounding Alaska Range have been spectacular at times and hidden in the clouds at other times. The weather pattern has been mostly clear mornings and then showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon or early evening – we even had pea sized hail one afternoon. We have managed our resources very well – we have plenty of fresh water still available and our holding tanks are both ok, and propane is still above 50%. We...

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Alaska 2018

Jun 4, 2018 - Magnificent Denali

Magnificent Denali!! Under clear blue skies with unlimited visibility we rounded a bend in the road and got out first full view of The Mountain – Denali. It is so spectacular. It seems to be a magnet for the soul. The view is almost beyond description and we are so fortunate to have such a beautiful day and such an amazing view. At Eielson Visitor's Center, we had our lunch with the mountain right in front of us - in my many trips to Denali, today we have the best views ever. Over the next three days, we have been on the bus every day,...

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Alaska 2018

Aug 11, 2017 - Starting the Cruise

Side note: It is hard to keep up a log when internet is so hard to get. I thought I would be ok back in WA but their wifi wouldn't let me send pictures. The next campground had no wifi. This campground has wifi. Yippie!. The Alaskan/cruise portion of the trip is over. We got back to the USA several days ago. We changed hotels 7 times prior to starting the cruise and 3 times after leaving the ship. Needless to say being back in the RV, sleeping in our own bed with our own pillows is heaven. We will be changing campgrounds every so often but...

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Aug 7, 2016 - Talkeetna, AK

August 7, 2016 The drive towards Talkeetna, 153 miles south on Parks Highway, provides many opportunities to view Denali from the south. However, rain started almost immediately and there was fog everywhere. We really saw very little of the Alaskan Range at all. The drive was pretty much blue spruce and birch the whole way with a few steep grades but mostly rolling hills. Arrived in Talkeetna (population (853) by taking a 14 mile spur trail road off the Parks Highway. The town had its beginning like most in the area by supporting the...

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Jun 10, 2016 - Mt. Denali

The Mountain Wake-up Call rang at 4:34 am Alaska time. We jumped out of bed, quickly changed clothes and went outside to see "The Great One". There she stood in all of her glory! At 20,320 feet, Mt. Denali is the highest point in all of North America. What an amazing sight!! We took a TON of pictures, hoping that at least a few would turn out. Attached are some of our better shots. Our ATV excursion was a blast! For two hours, we drove our own ATV's through mud, water and some pretty rough trails. SO FUN!!!! This evening, we attended a...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Mt. McKinley Lodge and Talkeetna

The past two mornings, breakfast was called "Sourdough Breakfast". Basically, a breakfast buffet with sourdough pancakes and waffles. Every meal we have here in Alaska includes at least one sourdough item: bread, biscuits, pancakes, waffles, etc... Trivia: A "sourdough" is a nickname referring to an Alaskan old-timer. Experienced miners carried their sourdough starter around their neck or on their belt, fiercely guarded, to keep it warm during the coldest months. Alaskan old-timers are likely to have heard about a sourdough starter that has...

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Dec 5, 2015 - Talkeetna Bachelor Auction Weekend

This was a weekend that I went with friends up to Talkeetna where they have a wilderness woman contest and bachelor auction. The Wilderness Women contest has categories such as hauling water, using a chain saw and snow machine (notice native Alaskans I didn't say snow mobile)and pretend salmon fishing; and no I didn't take part. Then in the evening there is a bachelor auction. I didn't bid on any. I think the lowest winner was around $500. All the money raised goes to charity and it was a fun time.

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Jul 7, 2015 - Talkeetna, Alaska

We went into the darling little town of Talkeetna, Alaska. Note: most of the tour companies do not come to this town. It is their loss! Stopped by the National Park Service to get our Golden Eagle Pass. (Age 62 plus) This entitles us to get into national parks in the US free for life. Then we walked the town and checked out the shops. We ate at a little outdoor café. The town as you can see is very colorful. Mostly log cabins or lodges. Just an addition to yesterday's posting. Our plane landed on Ruth Glacier which is between Mt. Dan Beard...

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