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Jul 4, 2009 - Working hard and lovin' it!

Just a quick note to let everyone know we are still alive! We are working everyday and finally have worked out a routine that we feel comfortable with. We are on the clock from 9am to 9pm, 7 days a week. We work for 60 days(August 15 last day)and then head towards Anchorage to take in the sights and do some fishing. Did you notice the gold seal at the top, we were notified last week that we had one of the best trip journals going! Happy Independence Day!!! M

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Jun 29, 2009 - Day 18 Denali, AK

Yes, the sun is here for good. With a little nip in the air. We had one more bowl of that yummy oatmeal. Then we hit the road. Off, we go into the wild blue yonder. First stop is the Harley shop in Fairbanks to get our Farthest North Outpost Harley tee. Mine has snowmen on it. We go out back and have our rectifier blown. Ooohh, we like that. We have yet to go panning for gold, but today we have found a treasure in Fairbanks, its in the form of Ella's long lost cousin Eric Engman from Warren, PA, his lovely bride Becky, from Jackson, MI and...

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Jun 16, 2009 - Denali Highway

Today we took a drive on the all-gravel Denali Highway. It was a beautiful drive, even if Mickey was a little frustrated with the 30-35 miles an hour we had to drive. It took us east from Cantwell toward Paxson; but we only drove about 35 of the 134 miles, then heaed back to the campground. We drove along the Nenana River most of the way with the Talkeetna Range to our south (should have been able to see Mt. McKinley, but the skies were too cloudy) and the Alaska Range to the north. I guess spring has officially arrived here, as the...

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Jun 2, 2009 - Denali National Park Bus Tour

Yesterday we just roamed around the area north of Denali, exploring the little towns of Nenana and Healy, plus "Glitter Gulch" (the touristy area of the town of Denali); we ended with having dinner at the Salmon Bake which was yummy! Tuesday we left early to catch our 7:00 AM bus for the 63 mile trip into Denali National Park. It was sunny, and not expected to be as cool, but we still had to take jacket layers for the higher elevations and wind. And what an event-filled day it was! We saw lots of wildlife once we were 25 miles or so into...

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May 31, 2009 - Denali Bound!!!

We arrived in Denali about 3PM and met our boss, who is very nice and got us settled in the campground. We were able to watch one of the girls take a reservation on the phone on the Mac, which we haven't used in years and years. Looked simple enough, we'll find out shortly. After getting set-up we headed for Denali National Park; we went straight to the shuttle bus reservation center and got a trip planned for Tuesday morning at 7am. Then headed out to see some of the park. Before we got out of the parking lot, we saw two moose at less...

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Aug 19, 2008 - Denali Grizzly Bear Resort, Denali NP,AK

Travel day to Denali 190 miles...w/ the hope of seeing Mt. McKinley or Denali as the natives call it...and I actually think I prefer. It is said that Denali being over 20,000 feet tall, creates its own weather, so apparently there is less than a 50% chance of seeing the whole thing, neverminding on a sunny day. I am proud and ELATED to tell you that we managed both!!!! The mountain was out in all it's glory at our first glimpse of it in the morning. What a sight. Then as we got closer it started getting cloudy around the mountain, covering...

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Jul 16, 2008 - Day 40 - We're on the move again headed from Fairbanks to Denali

Short 130 mile drive today so we got up relatively late and left a little after 10am. We arrived at the campground around 1pm, set up and then headed to Denali National Park to get our Golden Passport and bus tour reservations for our park visit tomorrow. We elected to take a 9 hour bus tour as no personal vehicles are allowed past mile 14 on the park road. We did drive up to Savage Creek (the 14 mile point) and got to see a caribou laying in a creek bed when we first stopped and then as we watched he started grazing. We had to stop in the...

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Jul 13, 2008 - Angry Skies To Denali

Not much to report on today, we just mushed our way over to Denali Park today and took a few pic's on the way over. I'm setting here listening to some good music from a guy we heard in Tok, by the name of Dave Stancliff and if you get the chance to hear him do yourself a favor, you'll be glad you did. Hey Chuck Doppler, if you read this, drop me a note in the guest book and let know how you made out on the Dalton Road with that trike. That's it for now, keep yourself safe and mind a manner now and then.....Gummy...OUT Proud people don't...

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Jul 2, 2008 - Got tickets for Denali Park tour

Move day. Left the Fairbanks Campground on the way to Denali Park. Since it’s only about 120 miles down the road, we didn’t take off too early. Only a few miles out of Fairbanks, you could see the mountain range at Denali in the distance. It’s a very clear day with no clouds. About half way there, you could clearly see Mt Kinney above all the other peaks. Boy, is it H U G E !! We didn’t have a place where we and the Stover’s could both pull off to take pictures, so Jenny try to take some videos going down the road. I just hope it’s a clear...

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Jun 15, 2008 - Denali National Park

Today was rise and shine early for a Tundra Tour into Denali National Park. It was a really awesome trip with many many moose sitings, snow shoe hares and we sae Denali (Mt. McKinley-the great one) with a clear view on the north face. In the photos we took there were lots of Scrub Spruce, the tall spindly trees which are growing where there is perma frost in the ground...with a short growing season in Alaska, they get tall and skinny with broad shallow roots. We stopped by Savage Cabin on the way to experience how life was years and years...

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Jun 14, 2008 - Return to Denali National Park

This morning it was very clear out so we decided to do the 13 mi. drive back thru the park. Vehicles are only allowed to go in that far. They have busses that take you further but the trips were too long to let the dogs stay in the RV. Saw the moose again this morning, she has two babies but they were hiding. We got to the turn-out to see Mt. McKinley and there it was in full site. There were onlya few clouds gathering around the middle. It was very beautifu to see. It is only visible 20% of the time, it was our lucky day. We also saw a...

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Jun 14, 2008 - Journey to Denali Wilderness Lodge

After lunch we boarded the motor coach to make our way to Denali. We traveled on the Parks Highway and there were MANY areas with permafrost...you can tell by the way the terees grow and th patterns as you look at the hill sides. The "scrub spruce" are tall spindly evergreens which are everywhere. We saw the Tanana Valley and traveled what they call the "skyline route" It is really amazing the variety in the geography and the landscape as you will see by the photos. See you soon!

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