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Jul 5, 2012 - Mount McKinley

Well, we said goodbye to the Kenai Peninsula and headed off for McKinley. We stopped along the way in Anchorage for lunch. Alaska has about 3/4 million residents and about 1/2 of them live in Anchorage. It looks pretty much like any other comparable sized city in the lower 48. Upon our arrival at the lodge, we no sooner got into our room and sat down when the building began to shake. We looked at each other and said "What the hell was that?" "THAT" was our first earthquake. How cool is "THAT"???

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Aug 4, 2008 - Mt McKinley Flight Seeing Tour

Our flight tour of Mt McKinley was scheduled to depart at 12 noon. We were to check in 30 minutes before takeoff. We called the tour operator about 10 am, as instructed, to check on status as the clouds were still heavy, though the forecast was for clearing. We were told to wait 45 minutes before starting our trip to the airport (a distance of about 25 miles). The 1st flight of the day had just departed. The news was good though, as the pilot reported that the mountains were visible above the clouds. We arrived at the airport about noon, to...

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Jul 14, 2008 - Mt McKinley

Early next morning, we took the camper bus to Wonder Lake Campground. The bus driver and several campers had very sharp eyes in spotting wildlife. Grizzlies, Moose, Dall sheep, Fox. The conversations with fellow campers were very lively and interesting. There was a couple who were amateur photographers. They talked about their time in Brooks campground where the grizzlies would catch salmon swimming upstream, at close proximity to humans. A young guy talked about his 6 month bicycle trip from Fairbanks, AK to the southern tip of South...

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Jun 4, 2008 - Denali To Mt McKinley Wilderness Lodge

Today our journey takes us from Denali to Talkeetna by rail. We want to see Denali National Park Visitor Center, so we check out of our room and take one of the shuttle buses over to the Visitor Center. The rail station is right across the street, so that makes it easy. Princess had their own rail cars, as does Royal Caribbean and Holland, as they are pulled by the Alaska Railroad. We board and are herded up to the top deck which has the curved glass windows so you can see everything. After we get started, the bartender takes our orders...

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Sep 17, 2006 - Denali National Park

Leaving Fairbanks the road climbs up on a range of hills from where you can see over the tundra stretching to the West. Denali is one of the must-see sights of Alaska. I cover the 140 miles or so in a few hours and at 11 miles from the entrance the highway passes through Healy, a small village a little bit lower on the left, when a state trooper pulls me over. "Did you know you were doing 60 in a 45-mile zone", he asks me, staying behind my left shoulder all the time, "and did you have a reason for driving so fast". I honestly say that I...

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Aug 8, 2006 - Denali Rocks!

6-8 August 2006 Denali National Park Days 19-21 The drive to Denali National Park included more beautiful scenery, which makes the drives really enjoyable. The RV park we stayed at was on the edge of a glacial river gorge. We were all able to have sites overlooking the river, allowing us to watch the trains go by on the mountain opposite the park, and the white water rafters go by in the river rapids below us. A number of us had elected to take a whitewater raft trip later on the day we arrived, and it was terrific. Just getting us into...

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Jul 25, 2006 - Denali National Park / Mt McKinley

Drove to Denali National Park. Hoping to get a view of Mt McKinley (Denali the natives call it here) but unfortunately, it was drizzling again with too many clouds. Bill said a friend of his has been to Alaska 3 times and has never seen the top. Now we know how lucky we were the day before. It was beautiful. Enjoyed our day there. Trying to line up parts for Bill's car.

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Jul 21, 2006 - The George Parks Highway to Denali Park

The George Parks Highway takes you south out of Fairbanks toward Anchorage. Along the way is Denali National Park and Preserve. For those of you who didn't know, this is the home of the "great one", Mt McKinley. Although this is its official name, natives and most Alaskans still call it "Denali", the High One. The mountain is the highest on the North American continent, one that reaches a towering 20,320 feet. Just a few miles outside Fairbanks, we ran into highway construction. It was just a minor delay though, as we waited for a pilot...

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Jul 6, 2006 - Denali

July 6, 2006, 4:15 a.m. way too early. We have a 6:00 a.m. shuttle to catch park. It will take us into the interior of the park with a chance to see wildlife and maybe Denali. "Denali", or the High One as known by the Athabaskan Indians, was renamed McKinley by the first white man to see it. The area was first set aside to protect the Dall sheep and in 1917 became a national park and game preserve. Twice since areas have been added and now there are over 6 million areas of land protected. We hope to see the big "5" moose, grizzle, wolf,...

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Jun 29, 2006 - Denali Grizzly Bear Resort

When we made our reservations at this campground, we thought this park had wireless internet. Since we were not well informed, we will be without our computer and television (no cable either) for the six days we are here. As we entered the driveway of this place, we were deeply disappointed. But when we took a ride into Denali National Park, we discovered that unless you do not want any hookups, this is the type of a campground you get in this area. Most of the areas here cater to those who are on a land tour from the cruise lines so the...

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Alaska Bound

Jun 15, 2006 - Denali

I toured 60 miles into the park by shuttle bus. Cars aren't allowed beyond 15 miles. The tour was 8 hours long and we saw most of the wildlife in the park except for wolves. I didn't take pictures of the ptarmigan (Alaska state bird), hare or ground squirrel that the bus stopped for. Most everyone else did though.

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