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North America » United States » Alaska » Wasilla May 28th 2016

Woke up this morning to overcast skies and 40 degrees, but thankfully no rain. Drove into the Park. The boys went on a trail hike and the girls went to the visitor center and shopped at the bookstore. We did see our first moose yesterday in the park. By the time we left, the sun had come out and it was much more pleasant. Denali National Park covers 6 million acres (larger than the state of New Hampshire). Two million of those acres are designated wilderness. Dinner last night was at Salmon Bake Restaurant--it was a hoot--not a level floor in the place--Peggy had a hard time keeping Dave from sliding into her (see pic). Excellent breakfast this morning at the beautiful King Salmon Restaurant, part of the Denali Princess Hotel. The rainbow RV park leaves ... read more
Big Denali in the back
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North America » United States » Alaska » Wasilla May 6th 2016

Day: 17/18/19/20 Distance: 6580 Hi everyone! I dropped off the grid there for awhile didn't I? I actually had a blog ready to go on the 18th, but I couldn't get the map or the pictures loaded so I decided to wait until I found a better spot. I didn't. I'm now in Wasilla at a FredMyers superstore and let me tell you, they have the best darn Internet of all the places I have gone to. I'm amazed at how fast it is. Anywho, I'm guessing this blog will be extra large; maybe not since I didn't really do much yesterday. More on that later. A warning, my verb tenses may be mixed up since this is two blogs joined together. I'll try to catch any inconsistencies. So I woke up Tuesday (in a Fairbank's ... read more
Denali (the completely snow covered one)
Denali National Park
Get out of my way!

North America » United States » Alaska » Wasilla September 20th 2015

Today was the longest drive of the entire trip, as we made our way from Fairbanks to Wasilla. To break the trip up, we stopped at various points along the way, including the Alaska Veterans' Memorial was a really beautiful place where I'm sure many found peace and tranquility. Today also saw a repeat visit to Talkeetna, as our first time there had been rather rushed. The weather was completely different to before, with high blue skies and bright sunshine. Coming back was a great idea, as not only did we get to see inside Nagley's General Store with its charming display of bear traps and animal skins, but we also came face to face with Talkeetna's mayor, the one and only Stubbs. We also took a look at some other of the locally owned shops ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Wasilla September 14th 2011

We left another sloppy mess at the over-priced Super 8 in Fairbanks as we packed up and headed South on the Parks Highway toward Anchorage. Before leaving Fairbanks We went to a pawn shop where I got a new helmet for only $25 and Dan got a new pair of boots. We headed to Denali National Park, but wanted to absorb a little Alaskan culture along the way. So, we stopped at Skinny Dick's Halfway Inn about 20 miles outside town. Skinny Dick's is a roadside pub, but with a very explicit flair. The decoration inside was the old signed dollar bill-loned ceiling, and sick-humored post cards & pictures to line the walls. The bar tender told us about Skinny and his daft humor. He had T-shirts that had his logo of two polar bears in ... read more
The Crew
Alaskan Landscape
Skinny Dick's

North America » United States » Alaska » Wasilla September 6th 2011

While Cathy was busy writing the blog, I was downloading pictures, hoping to post them here, but the computer here at this lodge blocks that, so I have to wait until Anchorage to post pictures. So now I have to tell our stories. Cathy is so much better at this but here goes. While Cathy and Neil were getting lots of exercise on their 4 mile hike, John and I chose to go flight seeing. We boarded a small Cessna 206 airplane, 5 passengers and the pilot, Bill. John got to be co-pilot. We all had to give our weight to which they automatically add 10, they probably are used to people lying! We sqweezed ourselves into this plane sitting shoulder to shoulder and knees to back. The takeoff on this short runway surrounded by mountains ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Wasilla September 5th 2011

We arrived yesterday about 4:00 pm. It was a 200 mile drive from Denali to Wasilla. It was Neil's turn to drive. He really doesn't stop for photo ops, so we will get there faster. We made it in 4hours , so that was pretty good. One stop for gas and a snack. All scenic, no towns really. It is more windy, so even though it is 50 degrees, it feels colder then up North where it was in the 30's. We popped over to the State Fair. Well... I just want to say that even though I am a chubba, We must look a lot younger then John and Trisha, because they got in for senior rate at $8.00' and we had to pay regular price at $13.00. I thought Trisha was going to pee ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Wasilla July 12th 2011

I'm here in Sarah Palin country and it's time to continue my blogging. Our next stop was Watson Lake and the notorious signpost city, story has it a G.I. working on building the road first posted a sign pointing to his home back in Illinois, now there are over 72 thousand signs from all over the world including one from Lyn and two from Gary. June 24th it was on to Teslin Lake and the Tlingit Indian Cultural Center a very colorful people showing how they lived harmoniusly with nature We arrived in Whitehorse on the 25th enjoying the dry sunny weather, took a trolley ride then toured the S.S. Klondike a shallow drafted sternwheeler many of which were built right here on the riverbanks and used for freight and passenger traffic.It's said a trip down ... read more
gary's sgns
teslin lake
tlingit canoe

North America » United States » Alaska » Wasilla August 5th 2010

Took a trip to Exit Glacier of the Harding Ice Field just outside Seward. Little better than a 2 mile hike. Came back and had lunch. Saw 5 sea otter and a whale while just sitting in Seward before leaving. Headed back toward Anchorage, past Anchorage to Wasilla. Stopped at Wal-Mart for the night. Jack and Barbara arrived around midnight. Had great meal of onion smothered fried steak with pan-fried potatoes and garlic bread.... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Wasilla January 3rd 2009

We leave in 36 hours. It's too cold for us not to be excited... -30 F. We have a tentative plan here it is: Anchorage to Miami. We spend 24 hours in Miami before continuing on to Buenos Aires. A couple of days in BA Then a couple of days in Uruguay. South by bus to Bariloche, Argentina. Several days spent in Bariloche seeing "the lake district". Then traveling Further South to Coihaique, Chile to see friends at NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). We do not know how much time we will spend there but we would like to experience Northern Patagonia a bit. We will depart for the coast and take a Ferry North from Chacabucco to Puerto Montt. Then Possibly a train to Santiago. If time allows we would like to then fly ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Wasilla August 16th 2007

Thursday August 16, 2007 We left Seward this morning with Wasilla as our destination. It was a cloudy day with a little rain. The trip north was pretty with mist shrouding the mountains and the clouds breaking every once in awhile and showing blue sky. We stopped at Portage Valley Visitor Center which is about 45 minutes from Anchorage. The valley has multiple glaciers. We saw several near the center. Alaska has a lot of glaciers! Closer to Anchorage there’s a wetlands area that attracts birds and we stopped to see if any birds were around. We didn’t see birds or ducks, but did see some salmon. They are beginning to die now, the term the locals use is “spawned out”. At Wasilla I shopped and Frank got a haircut. We have reservations for Denali on ... read more
Misty Mountains
Portage Glacier
Potter's Marsh




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