A Travellerspoint blog

June 2010

Denali National Park & Mt McKinley

Awesome Day!!!!! The clouds lifted this morning and we finally saw Mt McKinley! It was so awesome! We left the lodge at 6am for a tour to the end of the park road in Denali National Park and got back at 8pm. When you go to the park you want to see the Big 5---caribou, bear. moose, wolf and sheep. We saw them ALL! It was a long day but well worth it. When we got t0 the end of the road we went to the Kantishna Roadhouse for lunch. After lunch they had a sled dog demonstration or you could pan for gold. The sled dogs were awesome! Emmitt, who spoke to us, has participated in the junior Iditirod and his Dad has done at least one race in each decade! It was so informative and the dogs were so cute! I took over 300 pictures today! It was hard to narrow down to only send some!!
We are off in the morning by motorcoach to Fairbanks. Only 2 more days! 

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Our bus!

Our bus!

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Having a refreshment at a bathroom break.

Having a refreshment at a bathroom break.

This is a coyote.  It was pretty far away but we did see a couple!

This is a coyote. It was pretty far away but we did see a couple!

Dwight said these were HEAVY!

Dwight said these were HEAVY!

This would be were McKinley would be---already covered in clouds again.

This would be were McKinley would be---already covered in clouds again.

Kantishna Roadhouse where we had lunch and it was the end of the road!

Kantishna Roadhouse where we had lunch and it was the end of the road!

Emmitt--he was so informative and it was neat to meet him.

Emmitt--he was so informative and it was neat to meet him.

They were so excited they were running in circles and jumping up on their houses!  They were barking and yelping like crazy!

They were so excited they were running in circles and jumping up on their houses! They were barking and yelping like crazy!

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

Take me next!

Take me next!

Sooo cute!

Sooo cute!

And they are off!

And they are off!

Coming in fast!

Coming in fast!

Reba and her 'Doggles'.  She wasn't real thrilled with then!

Reba and her 'Doggles'. She wasn't real thrilled with then!

The dogs!

The dogs!

I spotted this moose as we were heading back into town.

I spotted this moose as we were heading back into town.

Squirrel.  Smaller than the ones we have!

Squirrel. Smaller than the ones we have!

Another bear.  Was a little farther off.

Another bear. Was a little farther off.

The Dall sheep were never really close but we did see them.  In this area there were at least 14 of them on the hillside.

The Dall sheep were never really close but we did see them. In this area there were at least 14 of them on the hillside.

Bear--we tried to get it to come towards the road but as it go closer it probably heard all the cameras going off and started running!

Bear--we tried to get it to come towards the road but as it go closer it probably heard all the cameras going off and started running!

Last animal of the day.  This moose was right by the road.

Last animal of the day. This moose was right by the road.

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Denali National Park

The sun was shining bright when we got to Denali! I think this was the first day it had not rained! We went to the park and on a mile and a half hike lead by Miles. He was very informative and it was a beautiful walk. Then we came and checked in and took the shuttle to 'town' to eat and shop. We went to the Deanli Princess Loadge so I could scope it out and had seafood nachos. They were great and the views from the outdoor dining area were good. Tomorrow some are doing the Tundra Wilderness Tour which goes 60 miles into the park--6-8 hour tour and then 10 of us are going on the Kantishna tour all the way in to the park. 95 miles one way and 13 hour trip. We are hoping to see lots of wildlife.
These long days are really going to catch up with us when we get back. The sun sets at 12;54 AM and then rises at 4:30am!! And it never gets totally dark! We will be out running around at 10pm and think nothing of it!!

Listening to Miles on our hike.

Listening to Miles on our hike.

The tree he is pointing at is 11 years old!  It is regrowth in a clearing.

The tree he is pointing at is 11 years old! It is regrowth in a clearing.

Manny & Jodi

Manny & Jodi

The Newlyweds

The Newlyweds

Dwight said the water would keep your beer cold!

Dwight said the water would keep your beer cold!

Diane thought the water was too cold!!)

Diane thought the water was too cold!!)

I think Joe was taking a sample of the water!

I think Joe was taking a sample of the water!

Waiting for the ride back to the visitor center after our hike.

Waiting for the ride back to the visitor center after our hike.

Pelts

Pelts

Downtown Denali

Downtown Denali

Downtown Denali

Downtown Denali

Restaurant view

Restaurant view

View from the restaurant.

View from the restaurant.

Seafood Nachos Dwight and I had at the Denali Princess Lodge.

Seafood Nachos Dwight and I had at the Denali Princess Lodge.

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Talkeetna to Denali

Again we departed the Wilderness Express from Talkeetna to Denali. While getting ready to go this morning the fire alarm went off in the hotel. Several of us were in the showers and thought it was just in our rooms. They had seen smoke but no fire! We didn't evacuate your rooms but the ones in the dining room had to go outside.
The ride was pretty but the clouds would not like and we didn't get to see Mt McKinley. Hope to on the tour tomorrow.

Waiting for the train.

Waiting for the train.

Where is the train??

Where is the train??

Pictures before the train ride!

Pictures before the train ride!

Here she comes!!

Here she comes!!

Our tour cars.

Our tour cars.


The train.

The train.

Pretty.

Pretty.

Views fromt he train.

Views fromt he train.

The Nehana River

The Nehana River

We were the front tour cars followed by Holland America and Princess.

We were the front tour cars followed by Holland America and Princess.

Going around the bend.

Going around the bend.

Clearing up some.

Clearing up some.

The metal roof buildings are where we are staying .  This view is from the train.

The metal roof buildings are where we are staying . This view is from the train.

Beautiful sites

Beautiful sites

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Talkeetna and Manny vs. Food

We arrived in Talkeetna and Manny had a mission. He had seen the TV show Man vs Food where the guy ate a 5lb hamburger at West Rib Bar & Grill. So we found the place and he let them know he wanted to get one. Several of us wanted to watch so we went also. This was a HUGE burger!! My half ponder was almost more than I could handle. Let's just say I won't be eating dinner! He didn't finish it but he did a pretty good job. I think he said it was $25! Oh and it also came with a pound of fries!!

Talkeetna--neat small town.

Talkeetna--neat small town.

Bob & Betty

Bob & Betty

Ron & Carol

Ron & Carol

Dwight found a girlfriend!!

Dwight found a girlfriend!!


West Rib Bar & Grill

West Rib Bar & Grill

Manny vs Food

Manny vs Food


This is the burger description.

This is the burger description.

Seward's Folly

Seward's Folly

I don't know how he picked it up.

I don't know how he picked it up.

Taking a bite.

Taking a bite.

Still going.

Still going.

He's waving the flag to surrender.

He's waving the flag to surrender.

This was what was left!

This was what was left!

This is what I had--the Texas Burger.  It was yummy!!

This is what I had--the Texas Burger. It was yummy!!

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Train to Talkeetna

Left out early from Anchorage aboard the Wilderness Express to Talkeetna. Super nice railcars. It was raining but it was still a nice ride. I saw a moose and Dwight missed them! We had breakfast in the lower level dining are and it was outstanding!

The awesome train we came in on!

The awesome train we came in on!

Great views.

Great views.

Riding the rails!

Riding the rails!

Enjoying the view.

Enjoying the view.

Riding to Talkeetna.

Riding to Talkeetna.

Super nice rail cars.

Super nice rail cars.

Dining car on the train.

Dining car on the train.

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