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Teklanika Campground, Denali NP

Sunday, June 24, 2007

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It rained again overnight but has pretty much stopped by the time we’re up and ready to pack. After we pack up, we drive over to the dump station to dump our tanks and fill our water tank. We are moving to a different Denali NP campground today -- Teklanika. Teklanika is 30 miles inside the park and there is no water or electric there. Also for this campground we are not allowed to use our truck once we arrive at the campground. Campers can either walk, bike, or take a shuttle bus if they want to go somewhere in the park. It’s nice because it’s so far inside the park, but it takes some planning to make sure we have everything before we go there. We stocked up on groceries earlier and then bought bread & milk last night. No camper store at Teklanika.

Before we leave for Teklanika, we stop at the Visitor Center for a ranger talk on ‘Hiking Mt. McKinley’. The theatre is full and the talk/slides/video are interesting. Then we take off for the campground. The drive out to Teklanika is uneventful and the dirt road is in pretty good shape. We pick out a campsite by the river and spend the rest of the day relaxing by the river and taking a short hike along the riverbed and up the small hill beside the creek.
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While Jere and I sit by the creek and read, Joe builds yet another dam. I'm starting to wonder if he's destined to be a civil engineer :-)
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The campground and area around the campground is filled with wildflowers….very pretty. Teklanika is sometimes visited by wolves, bear, moose, and caribou; but we don’t see any sign of any animals today.
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This campground has no water, but it does have a small amphitheatre and ranger programs are given each night at 7:30. So after dinner we go to hear a ranger talk about wolves. There’s apparently a pack of wolves that are active a few miles from the campground, but are seldom seen. The number of wolves in the park is declining, with less than 100 presently living in the park’s boundaries. Jere is hoping to see a wolf here, but it doesn't sound like it's going to happen.

Posted by jengelman 13:16 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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