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Aug 7, 2016 - Talkeetna, AK

August 7, 2016 The drive towards Talkeetna, 153 miles south on Parks Highway, provides many opportunities to view Denali from the south. However, rain started almost immediately and there was fog everywhere. We really saw very little of the Alaskan Range at all. The drive was pretty much blue spruce and birch the whole way with a few steep grades but mostly rolling hills. Arrived in Talkeetna (population (853) by taking a 14 mile spur trail road off the Parks Highway. The town had its beginning like most in the area by supporting the...

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Jun 10, 2016 - Mt. Denali

The Mountain Wake-up Call rang at 4:34 am Alaska time. We jumped out of bed, quickly changed clothes and went outside to see "The Great One". There she stood in all of her glory! At 20,320 feet, Mt. Denali is the highest point in all of North America. What an amazing sight!! We took a TON of pictures, hoping that at least a few would turn out. Attached are some of our better shots. Our ATV excursion was a blast! For two hours, we drove our own ATV's through mud, water and some pretty rough trails. SO FUN!!!! This evening, we attended a...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Mt. McKinley Lodge and Talkeetna

The past two mornings, breakfast was called "Sourdough Breakfast". Basically, a breakfast buffet with sourdough pancakes and waffles. Every meal we have here in Alaska includes at least one sourdough item: bread, biscuits, pancakes, waffles, etc... Trivia: A "sourdough" is a nickname referring to an Alaskan old-timer. Experienced miners carried their sourdough starter around their neck or on their belt, fiercely guarded, to keep it warm during the coldest months. Alaskan old-timers are likely to have heard about a sourdough starter that has...

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Dec 5, 2015 - Talkeetna Bachelor Auction Weekend

This was a weekend that I went with friends up to Talkeetna where they have a wilderness woman contest and bachelor auction. The Wilderness Women contest has categories such as hauling water, using a chain saw and snow machine (notice native Alaskans I didn't say snow mobile)and pretend salmon fishing; and no I didn't take part. Then in the evening there is a bachelor auction. I didn't bid on any. I think the lowest winner was around $500. All the money raised goes to charity and it was a fun time.

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Jul 7, 2015 - Talkeetna, Alaska

We went into the darling little town of Talkeetna, Alaska. Note: most of the tour companies do not come to this town. It is their loss! Stopped by the National Park Service to get our Golden Eagle Pass. (Age 62 plus) This entitles us to get into national parks in the US free for life. Then we walked the town and checked out the shops. We ate at a little outdoor café. The town as you can see is very colorful. Mostly log cabins or lodges. Just an addition to yesterday's posting. Our plane landed on Ruth Glacier which is between Mt. Dan Beard...

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Perkins Alaska Trip

Jul 6, 2015 - Talkeetna, Alaska

Left Fairbanks this morning and the weather was nice and clear. The sights were every bit as beautiful as other days then as we got closer to Talkeetna we could see Mt. McKinley. I heard that most people that come to Alaska do not see Mt. McKinley because of the weather. It was clear today! This evening we took a tour with the Talkeetna Air Taxi. Our plane took us over the mountains and glaciers, however, the clouds came in and we were unable to see Mt McKinley. We landed on Ruth Glacier and the views were awesome, words cannot describe it....

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Perkins Alaska Trip

Jun 7, 2015 - Talkeetna Alaska

Talkeetna Alaska 6-7-2015 We left Denali this morning pretty much on time and arrived in Talkeetna by 1pm. Not bad for a change. There was no wildlife along the road and the scenery was pretty obscured due to low lying cloud cover. So a view of Denali was out of the question. When we arrived at the Camping Park in Talkeetna I had mistakenly made a reservation for 8 days instead of 1. I thought they were kidding me at first. Then I thought they may want to bill me for all 8 days. But we worked it out and since the place is full he knows he...

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Alaska 2015

Aug 21, 2014 - A sad parting

Talkeetna, AK At the Kantishna Roadhouse, guests are assigned tablemates. We were very fortunate to be given Tim and Julie. They are a delightful couple whose company we greatly enjoyed which is good because it turns out they were next door to us in our 4-plex, too. Today we had to say goodbye to them as our time in Kantishna has ended. We had to be up at 4:45 am and have our bags outside by 5:20. Breakfast was not until 5:30. Why would you have to wait for breakfast after you had to have the bags outside? There is nothing to do after...

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Northwest bound

Aug 17, 2014 - Zipping along

Talkeetna, AK We drove from Anchorage to Talkeetna in a light drizzle but were delighted to see that it had stopped by the time we reached our destination. We were going to experience the farthest north zipline. It is called a Canopy Zipline course offered by Denali Zipline Tours. We were a group of 7 plus our 2 guides Virginia and Bernie. They hooked us up with all our gear and we were off. One zips down a line at high speed and stops at the end – usually a tree. There are different methods of stopping, depending on the design of the...

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Northwest bound

Aug 7, 2014 - Day 49-50 Talkeetna,AK

Wednesday and Thursday were pretty quiet days. We were supposed to take a float trip on the Nenana River but cancelled out due to cold winds and rain. Weather cleared up late in the day so we went back into Denali for a bit; just one more look at the amazing beauty of the park before we left the park behind. Finished off the day with a cozy campfire and warming beverage. Had to remind ourselves it was time for bed 'cause it was still pretty light at 11:15 PM. Left Denali this morning (Aug 7) and headed south for Talkeetna. Had a very...

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Jul 8, 2014 - Denali State Park Nature Walk

Knowing that we would be pretty tired by now, we only scheduled one excursion for this location. This morning we had a big breakfast and then departed for a hike around Byers Lake. The lake is spring-fed (vs. glacier-fed like many are) and is on the migration path for all 5 species of salmon that call Alaska home. (Can you name them?: Chum, King, Pink, Sockeye, and Silver). We saw several schools of baby salmon in the lake. There are no snakes in Alaska, nor is there any poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, etc. They do, however, have...

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Jul 7, 2014 - Denali State Park (where Mt McKinley is) in Talkeetna, AK

Another day, another mass transit option!! We were loaded onto the Alaskan Railway this time for our trip down to Denali State Park for a closer look at Mt McKinley. The train ride was awesome and the scenery breath-taking! We rode on the upper level, with a glass dome overhead, giving un-obstructed views of the Alaskan mountain range. And - finally – we saw a moose (from the train)! The ride took us from the dry, desert-like area north of the Alaskan Range, to the more lush and green area south of the mountains. Fairbanks and areas around...

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