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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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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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