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Aug 25, 2013 - Driving the Denali Highway

Sun Aug 25 It was a cool one here this morning – at 31.2 it was .1 degree above our low for the year! The sky was bright and cloudless. Today we had quite an adventure. We drove the Denali Highway from Paxson (east end) to the terminus on the Parks Highway at Cantwell – then turned around and came back, 270 miles total. A small section is paved but it is mostly gravel. Yup – the road is rough in places, potholes and washboard. It took nearly 14 hours but that included dinner at the Maclaren River Lodge at MP 42 on the return (we had stopped...

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Jun 18, 2013 - Travel Day

We left Fairbanks around 9:00 it was already up to 70 degrees, stopped by McDonalds on the way out and got our last tea for a while (unless we make it) we traveled up Richardson Hwy back to Delta Junction and S on 4 going into Paxson where we went S on 8 The Denali Hwy, we had never traveled this road before but knew it was going to be 90% gravel, but wanted to experience it anyway, and shortly after leaving town it did and was extremely dusty, we passed several Cruise buses and actually more traffic than I thought, it took us 4 hours to...

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Jul 21, 2012 - Parks Highway MM221, AK

Sat, 21 Jul: We awoke to the familiar sound of raindrops on our fiberglass roof. With very thin insulation it is unmistakable. No worries, it wasn't that cold outside so we pulled the covers up to our chinney-chin-chin and cuddled. Eventually we stirred enough to turn on the bedroom furnace. Nice thing about a motorhome, the thermostat is right at hand (in fact, everything is right at hand!) We took our time getting up and at em as we were in no rush to get anywhere. Nor did we have any time obligation that said we had to be such and such...

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Jun 16, 2012 - Cantwell RV Park

We are staying at the campground today. I think the navigator needs a break. She’s doing a good job as we haven’t been lost yet. Yesterday we stopped at a Wal-Mart store to resupply the camper. While Cindy was inside the store I had the job of watching the dog. As we were walking around I noticed electrical plugs at some of the parking places. I ask someone about this and he said that they are there for the employees to plug their cars into to keep the battery warm while they are working. It gets that cold here in the winter time. We had...

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Jun 11, 2012 - Cantwell, AK

Mon, 11 Jun: For most of last week the weather forecast has called for rain, rain, and more rain. Instead, we had a string of lovely, mostly sunny days with occasional sprinkles. Well, last nite the rains came and it rained all nite long. We slept with the sound of rain on our fiberglass roof. It got pretty loud at times. And, when we awoke this morning about 0730 it had stopped but left a dreary and damp morning. We got Carpe ready for the road and pulled out of our campsite a bit after 0900. Nonstop, a whole 0.4 mile to the dump station...

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Jul 29, 2011 - Cantwell, AK

We weren't sure how far we would drive today as we got in line at the dump station at the Riley Creek campground. The park was really emptying out with several vacated campsites. We were commenting it seemed to us that most of the tags in the campsite posts showed the length of stay was usually two to three nights. While we were filling our water tank, we visited with a couple from Wyoming who were also heading south. The lady told the story about taking the Denali wilderness bus tour where you pay extra to go out with a hiking guide...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Cantwell

We stopped at Cantwell and found a spot in the RV Park. We spent the rest of the morning and afternoon traveling the Denali Highway. We went 70 miles towards Paxson before turning around. We saw little wild life. We did visit the Valdez Creek mine site where they extracted 495,000 ounces of gold ($795,000,000 at today’s prices). We scheduled a Denali Shuttle Bus for 6:15 in the morning.

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Jul 18, 2011 - Byer Lake

After getting our groceries and a ring that Kathy had bought. We spent an hour at the Alaskan Botanical Garden enjoying their perennial Gardens. We headed north to Denali National Park and stopped for the evening at Byers Lake Campground in the Denali State Park.

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Jul 15, 2011 - Hurricane Gulch, AK - Last Day at Denali

(Ron Writing) We left Taklanika Campground early this morning and drove east on Park Road to the visitor center area. It wasn’t raining this morning but we still had the very heavy overcast. We made a couple stops to enjoy the scenery but we didn’t see any animals along the way. We parked by the visitor center and I caught up on some internet work while Elena went to the visitor center to watch a movie and listen to a ranger talk. Later we took a shuttle bus to the ranger headquarters to see the dog kennels and attend a ranger presentation...

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Jun 18, 2011 - Cantwell

We weren't able to see Mt. McKinley because of the cloud cover. We entered the Denali Highway, a 120 mile dirt and gravel road that resembles the road to the farm. We only drove 20 miles before we pulled over for lunch. We loved the view so much that we decided to stay there for the night. (No campgrounds so you just pull off the road.) We saw 7 moose and an eagle in that valley. A cross fox came within a few feet of us. 6/19 Father's Day. Continued along the Denali Hwy. for another 60 miles. Stopped at Clearwater Creek to fish for arctic...

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Jul 4, 2010 - Denali National Park, AK to Cantwell, AK

Rain most of the nite - we got up early to catch the 7:30 A (AT) bus for the 8-hr Denali NP tour - will add more journal entries later, just want to catch up a little bit. The morning was pretty much a wash out but then improved weather-wise (not enough to see Denali tho). The animal tally was excellent after a really slow 1st few hours. Couldn't get many good photos because of distance issues - but WOW. We saw a total of 13 bears (inc. 3 cubs), 5 wolves (one walked right in front of our bus, then led a caravan of busses for about an hour -...

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Jun 24, 2010 - Adventures along the Denali Highway

From Chena Hot Springs Road we drove through Denali (we closed our eyes so we wouldn’t see anything before we visit with some of our kids in a few weeks) and decided to take the Denali Hwy across as we had heard how beautiful the views are from this area. We were looking for a quaint spot on the river when the driver found a 2 rut road that must lead to the river. Well, we reached the end of the goat path and found 5 BIG dogs, one pick-up truck, two shacks, 0 river and…. no turn around. I stated that I would love to get out and help direct...

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