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We Finally See ALL of Mt. McKinley

Thursday, June 28, 2007

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We wake up and there is not one cloud in the sky! We've been at Denali National Park for a week and the day we leave -- a picture perfect day. Oh well. Yesterday was nice except for a brief shower and at least we'll have nice weather for our drive to Talkeetna.

We pack up and start our 30 mile drive to get back to the entrance of Denali National Park. It's a gorgeous day and we stop and take a picture of the elusive Mt McKinley in the distance:

We drive about 150 miles today and make lots of stops to view the beautiful scenery along the Parks Highway.

I took this picture as we drove down the road. That is Mt McKinley in the middle of the clouds:

When we get to Denali STATE Park, there are several roadside stops to view Mt. McKinley and we stop at every one of them and take lots of pictures.

We turn onto the Talkeetna Spur road and we have a great view of Mt McKinley as we drive towards Talkeetna.

We arrive at the Talkeetna Camper Park and set up.

I have a cousin who recently moved to Talkeetna, so I give him a call and leave a message. This is Talkeetna's busy season and today is a beautiful day for flying and rafting, so I'm wondering if we'll be able to touch base or not during our short visit here.

And then we walk to downtown Talkeetna.

We visited Talkeetna 13 years ago when we came to Alaska. It is much much busier this time with traffic and lots of tour buses. We passed at least 8 tour buses as we drove into town on the spur road! Between the traffic, people and dust, I am not real impressed with the town. It's claim to fame is that it's the jump-off point for many climbers of Mt McKinley. They pick up a flight here to base camp.

We are looking for a place to have dinner, but the cafe that was recommended to us is overpriced (in my opinion) and seats are outside in the sun. Yes! It is actually hot today in the sun! It is close to 80 degrees today and we've not seen temps higher than 65 for the last week.

We decide to walk back and check out the restaurant that is in the lodge that we stayed in 13 years ago when we visited. We remember this place because we had satellite TV here, but found out we had to watch whatever station that the downstairs bar was watching (sports). We have a good meal with great atmosphere and spend time remembering our trip 13 years ago.

After dinner Joe plays on his computer while Jere and I walk down to the river and enjoy the views.

Posted by jengelman 13:53 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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