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Jul 10, 2014 - Another Day on the Denali Highway

The most memorable event today was pulling off the bumpy highway onto an even more bumpy turnout. We thought it was an interpretative-sign stop. As it turns out what we thought was a sign was a blue plastic tarp tied to some shrubs and the lone vehicle there was high off the ground, and able to go where we can’t. We had taken the road to the left and traveled about 500 feet. We found out we could not go on due to big rocks and heaves in the road. Dick did a great job backing out as I stood some distance back moving an occasional rock that I...

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Jun 28, 2014 - Sat, 6/28 Denali and camp

We hit the wildlife sighting jackpot today - a wolf! As we were driving north on the Parks Highway toward Denali National Park, a wolf ran across the highway, about 50 feet in front of us. It was there, and gone. I saw plumy tail, upright ears, bright eyes. It was big and beautiful, gray and blond in color. No time for a picture but our mental pic will not fade. We started the day with more excitement - the day opened clear and bright. Denali was reported to be clearly visible top to bottom, another rare occurance. Paul and i set out for...

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To Alaska and Back

Jun 26, 2014 - Thurs, 6/26 Denali

We arrived at the Trappers Creek RV Campground last night, after driving all the way from Soldotna in the rain. When we opened the camper, we found more wetness inside. Paul thinks the rain came thru a gap in the roof seals. At any rate it was depressing to have wet rugs and floors and wet storage pieces in the under-the-table storage. We cleaned up and settled in, heating the camper with the furnace, briefly. By 9:30 we were asleep to the sound of rain on the roof. We awoke at 7:30 am (think we were tired?) to the sound of rain on the...

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To Alaska and Back

Jun 8, 2014 - Cantwell

We completed the Denali Highway and checked in at the Cantwell RV Park. It was a pretty routine cloudy day with no pictures offered. Over the 134 miles, we saw: -grizzly sow with 2 cubs at a great distance -bunch of caribou -several moose -a ptarmigan -badger -wolverine -tundra swans It's funny how moose and caribou prefer to show you their backsides in photographs! Also, our diesel engine is not designed for a "stealth RV" and makes sneaking upon wide animals while driving down the road difficult.

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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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2012 Travels

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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2012 Travels

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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Alaska

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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