On our way to Talkeetna, we stopped at the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Museum. It was so informative and we got to cuddle the huskie puppies!

I really wanted to go on a dog sled run but not really doable in July.  Next best thing was a sled ride around the compound.

We had no idea they would run so fast.  It was really fun!

We were planning on spending a day in the cute little town of Talkeetna on our way to Denali.  On the plane back to Anchorage I was sitting next to a gal who lives there and she told me about this campground.  Can’t get much closer to the river than this.

And I ran in to her in town and got to tell her how much we were enjoying her recommendation.  Locals know best!

Walked to town from our campsite. And then stopped in at the local cemetery.

And then on to Denali.  Roadside views.

Dinner on the barby. Can’t believe the color of that salmon.

The only way you can get into Denali is by bus.  We enjoyed the ride there and saw lots of wildlife but it was all too far away for me to get pics.

Getting close. And she was out!

The weather on Denali can be temperamental.  Many who go there either dont see it at all or only have a partial view due to clouds.  We enjoyed a beautiful day there!

And then hen there is the road. Nobody told me.  The road is gravel and barely wide enough in many places for two buses to pass by each other.  Usually one bus has to stop while the bus going in the opposite direction squeezes by.  The terrain is very steep in some places.  There are no guard rails.  On the way back down the mountain, sitting on the right side of the bus, it is scary.  For those of you who are familiar with Tioga Pass in Yosemite, is a piece of cake compared with this.  But we survived.

On towards Fairbanks and Chena Hotsprings tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Denali

  1. What a great trip… We had the same itinerary a few years back.. Women did the dog sled tour, stayed in Talkeetna, then Denali.. .. We had to force our friend back into the bus at the turn around stop in the park.. haha.. She was NOT going back on that road… A wine and a xanax and we got her to go… .. Denali is as far as we traveled so looking forward the your blogs.. Have fun, safe travels..

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