North to Alaska Spring and Summer 2011 travel blog

The road to Denali.

Lots of mountains.

Steep cliffs at the side of the road.


More canyons.

Woke to a light drizzle today. Not raining hard enough to get you wet but still annoying. Filled up fresh water and emptied all holding tanks. The next week or so we are dry camping. No facilities. In fact most of this trip we have been dry camping. We have used the generator lots and it does a great job. Very quiet so our neighbours appreciate it. A lot of state, national forest and national park campgrounds do not have facilities at your site. They have a central dump station, potable water, toilets and some have showers. The big benefit is the cost. Most nights we are paying $10-$15. This compares to a provincial park at $40 with electricity. We have even started to stay at non-serviced sites at commercial campgrounds. Roughing it. Headed towards Denali and were intending to stay at Denali State Park but when we got there the sites were small and it was still raining so decided to push on to Denali National Park. Good decision. As we drove north the rain stopped, clouds disappeared and it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. Temperature about 15 C – 20 C. We checked into the park and it was full. Thank goodness we had our reservation for tomorrow. Lots of campgrounds outside the park so we choose one about 8 miles north and settled in for the night. We can get on our site tomorrow at 11:00 AM so we'll be there at 10:30 to see if we can get on early. They don't assign you a specific site just a site based on your size and then it's first come first served. We are on an "A" site because we are so big and have checked out the sites that are available tomorrow. We like the area so much and there is even more to do in the park that we thought that so we have booked an additional two days. Now we will leave here on Monday June 27 and head to Fairbanks. We are really looking forward to exploring Denali and we'll let you know how it turns out.

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