Larry & Cheryl's 2019 Travels travel blog

Daisy walking among the lawn daisies

Our tour boat, Mahay's Jet Boat dock

The bus took us to the dock from town

Many trees floating on the river

The Spring thaw sends ice chunks downriver causing damage to trees

Many trees are scarred by the Spring ice chunks on the rising...

Many small creeks like this also feed the rivers

Going faster now in between points of interest

We arrived at the Trappers Camp display

Cow Parsnip - DO NOT touch this plant, causes blisters

Ranger explaining about the animals trapped for their pelt.

Small fur trapper's cabin



The "Cache" with ladder, to store his food away from animals,

This riverfront home lost a large portion of the property in the...

We see different colors of water where the rivers merge

Enjoying our walk around Talkeetna

I found a cuddly friend (good thing he's stuffed)

Happy Alaska Mushers

First of many Painted Moose around Talkeetna





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 NOT a fast, cool ride like the Jet Boats on Oregon’s Rogue River, just a slow informative ride. We saw the merging of 3 rivers: the large Susitna, the Chulitna (that we followed yesterday) and the smaller Talkeetna River which together creates a fast-moving glacial melt river of the Susitna. Ice forms in the winter and breaks loose in the spring thaw sending ice chunks down river damaging trees along the shore. They also showed us where the spring flood washed away a good size chunk of someone’s property.

We stopped at an Indian Fish Camp and also a Trapper Camp display with a female ranger explaining the lifestyle of the fishers and trappers.

Immediately on arrival, the ranger warned us not to get near the wild Cow Parsnips as they can cause serious blisters and pain.

If the sap gets on skin and is then exposed to sunlight, it can cause a blistering itchy rash. Cow parsnip is not considered to be as toxic as giant hogweed, but like its smaller relative, wild parsnip, it can still cause nasty burns that take weeks or months to heal and can leave scars.


Today we spent a little time walking around town and browsing some shops. There are some whimsical painted wooden Moose staged all around town, so I captured a few photos. We were with Keith & Lisa and stopped at Subway for sandwiches to take back to camp. Later we had our usual social circle for the evening in the cool shade of the Cottonwoods.

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