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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 10th 2021

Last day in Alaska:( The temperature in the morning in Denali was a crisp 32° but clear. Today I had to head back to Anchorage for my 10PM flight back to Chicago. I had hoped to take the train back but the shortened summer schedule didn't work out with the timing of my flight so I was back on the Park Connection bus. We departed from Denali at 7:15 and headed on the journey out of the Alaska Range down to the coast in Anchorage. The driver for this stretch was a lady named Karen and she was awesome! She has lived in Alaska for 25ish years and provided all kinds of information on the landscapes and the towns as we went by. She told us all about the Talkeetna Bachelor Auction and Wilderness Women Competition ... read more
Snow in the sun
Same view, no Denali
A snowy foothill

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 1st 2021

For some reason I dreaded turning 30. Still have no real idea why but at the time it wasn't something I was looking forward to. To cheer myself up I made a bucket list of things to do by the time I turned 40. That bucket list included a few things but the main item was to have visited all 50 states. At the time I had 8 left to go to. As of 9/1 I will have set foot in all 50 states at least once. Some were brief visits, some were longer than needed visits (10 days in Nebraska???), some were repeat visits but all provided me with opportunities to learn something new, see something new and broaden my horizons. America is full of beautiful places and beautiful people. There are corners that will ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 1st 2021

Leading up to this trip there was one big question, would it even happen? The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on since early 2020 and the recent Delta variant has caused a surge in cases. I booked this trip at the end of October 2020 using a travel company out of Anchorage. The advantage to me was having one point of contact if I needed to cancel and travel protection to be able to get a full refund. Fortunately, Alaska is still open to visitors who are in desperate need of a vacation after sitting at home since March 2020! I like to be to the airport early as I don't like to be rushed through security and have to sprint to get to my flight. My dad dropped me off at O'Hare at 6:30 and ... read more
Anchorage Airport
Comfort Inn

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage August 14th 2021

Day 4 Mileage 161 Oh, no, Friday the 13th??? We started out with Pam driving for the first time in Alaska (Yikes) We were afraid the day would go downhill quickly. More rain had been forecasted, but it looked like the skies were beginning to clear so we headed back to the restaurant on top the mountain to give Denali another chance to show herself. Was she there? In true Friday the 13th style, she wasn’t, but, hey, the weather was improving and we were happy anyway. Susan and Claire were getting nervous because Pam got lost in the parking lot and it wasn’t even a big one??? Then, with the sensitive brakes, Pam tried to make Susan go through the windshield. After a little practice though Pam was good to go. Leaving out of Talkeetna ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage June 28th 2019

You may well have been wondering why it has been so long since my last post; alternatively of course, you may well have been relieved to have had some respite from the trials and tribulations of the Famous Five. Well, the fact is, we have been aboard our cruise ship for the last 8 days and even with the ship's 'super value', 'special offer', 'one time only', 'bargain basement price' for a week's access to the Wifi, it would still have rivalled the amount that America paid Russia to purchase Alaska way back in 1867 - for those that are interested, America paid $7.2million! In fact, we even thought about just paying for the Wifi for the last day on ship (when we were at sea all day), but at $55 per day, PER DEVICE (!), ... read more
Breakfast at the Perch - 2
Anchorage - 1
Anchorage - 2

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage June 26th 2019

After yesterday's fun and games, we all managed to sleep remarkably soundly and were pretty well rested for our longish drive to Denali National Park today. Our hotel, the 'Towneplace Suites by Marriott' was unusual (for an American hotel) in providing a 'free' breakfast and we all met at eight to refuel before our trip. We checked out, left our broken suitcase with reception for them to chuck in their dumpster(!) and loaded up our new vehicle, a Toyota Sienna people carrier, which is just about big enough for the five of us and all our baggage! We are off to Denali for a couple days and will then be back to Anchorage for a proper look around where we will be staying at the Hilton Anchorage for a further couple of nights. Yesterday evening we ... read more
Talkeetna 2
Talkeetna 3
Talkeetna 4

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 11th 2018

The drive from Alyeska Resort in Girdwood AK to Kenai River Lodge in Soldatna AK was slightly over two hours, which gave us time to stop at the Soldotna Visitor Information Center. The visitor center has a wealth of information, had answers to all of my questions and has a number of incredible animal mounts including a World Record King Salmon – 97 pounds, 4 ounces and 58 ½ inches long – caught on May 17, 1985 on the Kenai River over which our room window looks. The motel is unique in that it owns the riverfront property and restricts fishing there to motel guests. We were able to watch several successful fisherpersons (both on the motel property and the public park across the river) land what appeared to be nice-sized keepers. Other features of the ... read more
Incredible Works of Art
A Fully Operational Carousel with Stationary Animals
At 11,069 Feet, Mount Spurr Is the Highest Volcano in the Aleutian Volcanic Arc

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 2nd 2018

Thursday Aug 30 Today we were able to have a leisurely breakfast provided by our hotel before we slowly made our way to the airport to turn in our rental car. We had wanted to make a complaint about the condition of our vehicle when we picked it up, but will have to do that via email. This is the story: when we picked up the SUV at the airport, we had not noticed the large nail in one of the tires, as well as a small bulge in the side wall, because the airport garage is quite dark. We noticed this later in the day, and had to wait to replace the tire until we got to Fairbanks, at Enterprise’s cost, which took several hours out of our day. But that wasn’t really the issue. ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage August 29th 2018

Woke up at leisure this time. All of us worked out that morning before breakfast. Good variety by Fairfield! Praveen and I ran around a park near by. It was extremely nice. We got an Uber to Egan convention center. Well organized. We dropped off the bags to be checked in. There were 2 big buses waiting g to ferry passengers to Whittier. Bus promptly left around noon. It is about 90 to 120 minutes depending on tunnel to Whittier. This tunnel is a one way one lane road allowing vehicles and train to share. Top of the hour, Whittier transports head to anchorage and at the bottom of the hour, it is the other way. Driver was very informative and funny. Buses get the preference when they start allowing traffic to flow into Whittier. As ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage August 28th 2018

We could not get breakfast as we had to leave around 8 am from the hotel to the train station. The day started off cloudy and cold. Hotel shuttle bus took us to the train terminal. One can easily notice the temperature and wind impact in Denali compared to Anchorage. That 300 miles north brings the temperature down about 15 degrees. We had seats in the first row of the train car. All the arrangements were very similar to the train we took up to Denali. Dylan and Kiki were the conductor and bartender for this car. Dylan’s commentary was really good. We debated about having breakfast in the train, but decided to go for lunch instead. We had variety of snacks at hand and that came in handy as breakfast. Soon clouds started to give ... read more

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