2009 Alaska travel blog

Talkeetna, AK - Talkeetna Camper Park - Site 4

Talkeetna, AK - Talkeetna Camper Park - Site 4, another view

Where the two branches of the Talkeetna River join the much larger...

Now this is what I call boondocking, touring Alaska by bicycle

Local wildflowers

We made it to Talkeetna about noon on Sunday after a quick less than four-hour drive. The roads were all good and we even saw three mountain goats and two moose calves as we were coming up the highway alongside Turnagain Arm. We were unable to stop or take pictures so just imagine what they looked like. We are staying at Talkeetna Camper Park which is very nice. It isn't a parking lot like many in Alaska and the sites are reasonably large and there are shade trees all over though little grass exists. We have full hookups and WiFi but no TV of any kind.

We didn't do much on Sunday after we got here. Doris and Misty attempted to go to the Moose Dropping Festival but it was very crowded and they decided it wasn't worth the nuisance. This is probably the noisiest campground we have been in. The planes are constantly flying over and our campground is right next to the train terminal so we have the train noise as well. Talkeetna is kind of a jumping off place for Denali. There are many flight tours originating here as well as combination train/bus tours.

Monday Misty and I went on a hike down to the merge of the Talkeetna and Chulitna Rivers. This is also the sight where you can see Denali (formerly known as Mt. McKinley) and the range of mountains it is in but today it was much to hazy to see that far. The first three-quarters if a mile was along the train track and then we went towards town down to the river's edge. We then came back through the town and back to the campground along the highway. It was about 1.5 to 2 miles total. Doris spent the day getting clothes washed again. They had good washer/dryers so she decided to get caught up. They only have two of each so it took a while. She also took the opportunity to get the Mothership cleaned up a bit.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, we head for Denali National Park. We have reservations for two nights at Savage River Campground (13 miles into the park), one night at Riley Creek Campground (at the park entrance) and then our last four nights will be at Teklinika Campground (29 miles into the park).

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