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Jul 9, 2011 - Into the Heart of Denali

2011-07-09 Into the Heart of Denali 4:45 AM comes early, but that is the time we set our alarm for last night. It was already daylight, but that is nothing new since it just does not ever get dark. Even though each day looses a little more daylight, there won't be true night time darkness for a long time. We have to be at the bus pick up point by 6:15, hense the early wake up call. The bus trip to Eielson Visitor Center and back will take over 8 hours and the cost is $31.50/person. We are hoping for a clear day and a good view of "The...

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Jul 8, 2011 - On To Denali

2011-07-08 On To Denali Denali National Park, at 6 million acres, is larger than the state of Massachusetts. Denali, the "High One," is the name Athabascan native people gave the massive peak that crowns 600-mile-long Alaska Range. In 1917 Mount McKinley National Park was established as a game refuge. It was named after former Senator - later President - William McKinley. In 1980 the park was enlarged to 6 million acres and redesignated as Denali national Park and Preserve. In Alaska the mountain is offically named Denali, but Congress has...

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Aug 6, 2010 - Denali, AK

This was a free day. We unhooked and headed back to the park. We parked in the visitors’ lot and went into the visitors’ center. We toured the displays until it was time to watch a movie. The movie was made by a team that spent 5 years inside the park filming wildlife and scenery under all types of conditions. The film was originally silent, but someone added appropriate sounds like falling water and elevator music. It was very well done and a beautiful film. Soon after the movie was over we attended a park ranger talk. The talk was about...

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Aug 5, 2010 - Denali, AK

The bus was right on time and so were all of the tour group. We had been told that it would be a modified school bus. It was better than that. It had individual seats with soft cushions. It had modern slim video monitors attached to the overhead racks. The racks were big enough to put your day pack in. Our bus driver was Mary Jane. She said she has lived in Denali for 8 years in a cabin with no electricity or running water. She and her husband have both been driving busses into the park for 8 years. She really knows her stuff but sometimes...

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Aug 4, 2010 - Denali, AK

We started the day with bad news. Our wagon-master went to the emergency room about 3:00 AM in much pain. Turns out he developed shingles. He had to wait in town until the pharmacy opened in order to get medication. Our tail-gunner assumed the task of wagon-master. Evelyn and I had to wait until Chuck came back to the park because we had kept our restroom key to use in the morning. Once we turned in our key we drove to Denali, AK just outside of the NP. The weather was gray overcast with occasional drizzle. The landscape was mostly forested...

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Jul 14, 2010 - Denali National Park Bus Tour

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 We were excited to get up to go on our tour of Denali Park. It was cloudy and rainy. After packing up our water with Crystal Lite, Balance Bars, binoculars, and umbrellas we were off to the Park. We first stopped at the post office to mail our Capital One bill. Then we drove to the Wilderness Access Center. We saw the film “Across Time and Tundra”. It was very well done with photos and pictures from the 1920s and 1930s. Mt. McKinley is 20,320’ high. The mountain’s vertical relief is 18,000’ greater than Mount...

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Jul 13, 2010 - 15 Mile Drive

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 We spent the morning doing maintenance, paying bills, balancing the checkbook, working on our journal, and relaxing. Just as we were leaving the motorhome it started to sprinkle. We drove to the post office, which was located just inside the Denali National Park. Then we drove the 15 miles on the road into Denali where all vehicles are allowed into the Park. Beyond the 15 miles you have to be on a Shuttle Bus. The drive was gorgeous, even with the rain and cloudy weather. We turned around at the Savage River Check...

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Our Alaska Adventure

Jul 12, 2010 - Day of Difficulties

Monday, July 12, 2010 This truly wasn’t our day! We were up early, around 6:15 am. We were having our furnace fixed on this date. I did some cleaning after everything was put away. While vacuuming I wrapped the vacuum cord around my drink of Crystal Lite. This was our first “UGH” of the day. It spilled onto the counter, down the cabinets, and onto the tile and hardwood floors. After getting it all cleaned up and wiped down we went to put our satellite dish down. When pushing the stow button it didn’t do anything. Then I remembered that we...

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Our Alaska Adventure

Jul 10, 2010 - Anchorage to Denali National Park

Miles Today: 237 Total Miles:5,484 Rained last night and this am. The Tel Alaska Wi-Fi at CG didn't work well even though they just installed the new & improved version Fri. Parked Ken's MH and truck and rode in Tim's RV. Visited the Ulu Factory and some purchases were made. Walked across the RR tracks next to the Alaska RR Train Station and up the hill to the Anchorage Farmers Market & Art Festival. It was a lot more arts than farmers, but we enjoyed it. Ken bought a book from who raced in the first Iditarod sled dog race from Anchorage to...

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Ken & Marge Travels

Sep 5, 2009 - Denali Highway- The kids wallet

I just put more quarters in the dryer, so still have time to write. It’s $5.00 a load for laundry, so thank God Gordon will only wear two shirts this entire trip. I should get some T shirts printed up that say “put your advertisements here for $100.00 a month”. We stopped for a small hike and I found some rocks with gold flakes in them, of course Gordon said they were "Fools Gold", so I said, "lets put them in the boat"! He carried them all the way down the hill for me, we ran into lots of moose hunters, but Gordon kept our gold hidden and...

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Sep 4, 2009 - Denali Park, The Mountain Killer bike ride

It’s been hard finding the time to write; I’m hanging out in the quiet Laundromat with Mr. Compton’s computer, and guess who walks in? He’s not looking for me of course, He’s looking for his computer…. I am so thankful we did not get pulled over by the police yesterday with the reckless way he pulled out of the RV park! It would of been difficult explaining to the officer about the bunnies. He can be so emotional about the things he cares about. Please don't bring up the bunnies when you see him:-) This is part of the vacation that I...

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Sep 3, 2009 - Denali RV park

Gordon writes: Drive to Denali Vicki Writes: Before you start reading this, please, please look at the first picture. Since Mr Compton does not have any verbal skills I always look at his face in the morning to find out what kind of mood he's in. This is how Mr Compton rolled out of bed at 10:30 am, after putting on his favorite Seahawk shirt he jumped into his truck and away we went to Talkneeta. I thought to myself, darn it must be the stale rolls I fed to the bunnies, no I fed him his favorite oatmeal with rasins, it’s gotta be that he’s...

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