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Jun 8, 2016 - Denali

I forgot to mention in yesterday's journal entry that we passed Stampede Trail. The very trail that Jim Gallien dropped off Christopher McCandless as he started his journey "Into The Wild". We also saw a replica of "The Magic Bus" that became Christopher's home and where he was found dead by a moose hunter. The actual bus is still out in the bush and people pay a lot of money to take a helicopter ride out to see it. We had the opportunity to watch the movie "Into The Wild" a few weeks before our trip. We loved the movie and have really...

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Jun 7, 2016 - Travel to Denali

On our way to Denali, we stopped in the small town of Nenana...home of the Nenana Ice Classic. The Nenana Ice Classic competition began in 1917 when railroad engineers bet a total of 800 dollars, winner takes all, guessing the exact time (month, day, hour, minute) when ice on the Tanana River would break up. Each year since then, Alaska residents have guessed at the timing of the river breakup. For $2.50, you can place a bet. This year's breakup was April 23rd at 3:39 pm and $300,000.00 was split between 14 winners. We both bought an entry...

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Jul 14, 2015 - Denali Rainbow Village RV Park

What a job squeezing in to park. I helped the wagon master park the rigs. We were the first ones there and easily got parked. There was another Fantasy tour group there all ready. It was pouring hard in the rain department. I started parking the rigs and then the wagon master got there to help. We were literally shoe horned in. We were three feet from a building's outside staircase. The worker slept upstairs and they would gather and talk at all hours. It's good to hard of hearing. We took the famous eight-hour bus ride the next day. I put...

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Alaska

Jul 22, 2014 - Denali, AK

It was a sloooooowww morning in our trailer. We didn’t make it out until something after 11. We went to the visitors’ center, watched the movie, and looked at all the exhibits. Fact: did you know that Alaska has no snakes and only one amphibian, the Wood Frog? It freezes solid in the winter (the Ranger called it a frogscicle) and then it unfreezes back into a frog. Our one interesting factoid about Alaska. On our way home, we stopped at a chalet at the top of a mountain. It had many switchbacks getting up there and a number of funny signs...

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Alaska Trip

Jul 21, 2014 - Denali, AK

It was a long day. We were on a tour bus to tour Denali. The mission was to see as many animals as we could. We saw three little fox kits tussling and playing with each other while mom kept her eye on them. We saw many caribou, once a whole herd of them. They were climbing a mountain and leaving the calving grounds. Really neat to see so many of them at once. A little later we saw a lone male that had a tremendous rack. Some Dall sheep were out and a couple of grizzly bears, only they were interested in taking a nap. The bus was a flat...

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Alaska Trip

Jul 20, 2014 - Denali, AK

A travel day from Anchorage to Denali. We stopped several times to take pictures of Mt. Denali. We’re part of the 3% of visitors who see Denali in the sunshine. We had a fatality on the way over here – a motorhome (one of ours on the caravan) hit a moose and killed it. They couldn’t drive it because it took out the front of their coach; the airline was broken and they didn’t have any brakes. The wagon master, who used to be a diesel mechanic, went out and fixed it up enough so they could make it to the campground. The couple had called the...

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Jul 28, 2013 - Denali

We left Seward headed for Denali National Park. To get there, we had to back track through Anchorage and Wasilla. We spent a night in Wasilla since the campground there was pretty decent, and Wasilla is a good place to re-supply. The trip from Wasilla was the most boring to date until we got near Denali where the views of the mountain ranges were pretty impressive. At Denali, we traveled through the Nanana Canyon – it is a pretty scary because it has seen lots of rock slides and the wind can be pretty strong across a very high bridge. We...

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Jul 10, 2013 - Denali Backcountry Tour

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - Alarm went off at 5 a.m.; shuttle to pick us up at 6:15 a.m. for the Denali Backcountry Adventure...not about to miss that!!! We awoke to misty rain and overcast skies and temperatures of 55 degrees. Not sure how much wildlife we'll see today because of the weather. Our fourteen hour tour will take us deep into the Denali National Park which is a 6000 acre park that encompasses Mt. McKinley, with a summit elevation of 20,320 feet above sea level making it the highest peak in North America and 310 miles around the...

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Aug 29, 2012 - Day 61

Took the Shuttle bus tour to Eileson Visitors Center, mile 66 into Denali National Park. Had to be at the Wilderness Center at 0930 for our 10 oclock tour. The bus was about 15 minutes late. Ken, our driver, was quite nice but did not point out a lot of things during the tour. Of course, he was not supposed to be a narrator, as we were not on the expensive tour. As we started out, someone notice a moose on the left side of the road. I'm not sure if I saw it or not, but was not able to get a picture. As we continued, the driver stated that...

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Aug 28, 2012 - Day 60

Drove into Denali National Park, and out to the Savage River, mile 12.8, the furthest you can drive without permits to go further. A lot of great scenery. On the way back to the Visitors Information Center, we saw a Moose that was grazing about 30 yards into the brush. We then went to the Visitors Center to see the diarama and other displays that they had there. Quite a facility, with a lot of good information.

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Aug 27, 2012 - Day 59

Drove from Fort Richardson across the Knik Arm of Cook Inlet towards Denali to spend a couple of days and hopefully get to see Mt McKinley. As we drove the Parks Highway, we passed through Wasilla, Houston, Willow, Trapper Creek and Cantwell on our way to Denali. Wasilla's Chamber of Commerce is located in a restored 1917 Alaska Railroad Depot. Houston is the only place in the Mat-Su Borough where it is legal to sell fireworks. One of the fireworks stores has a Batmobile out front. Between Trapper Creek and Cantwell, at Mile 147, is the...

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May 23, 2012 - Denali Highway

We can‘t expect gorgeous weather every day, and today definitely started out rainy and dreary-looking. But I had just heard about some of our Great Adventure people being stuck for two days due to snow on their way this direction, so I didn’t dare complain about some rain. We had wanted to do the Denali Highway today, but I was hesitant due to the weather. We first stopped at the visitor center in Tok to see if we could get any weather and road condition updates. There we met a German couple who had done the Denali Highway yesterday, and...

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