Saturday, June 23, 2018

Anchorage

Saturday finds us with some fellow Ohioans in Anchorage, Alaska.

We met at the Anchorage Summer Solstice Festival where I first found a taco, and then our friends.











They also sold long licorice ropes in a multitude of delicious flavors like sour mango and sour blue raspberry, and the traditional black. We bought $20 worth. (4 ropes)






Then the real fun began when when got out the dulcimers and jammed until our fingers got too cold.

Number of verified Buckeye Fans in Campground: 5

Number of times we have been chased out of a campground by mosquitoes at 9:30 PM: 1




Number of times someone has hit our Jeep in a parking lot and run and left our license plate lying on the pavement: 1



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Denali National Park

Denali National Park and Preserve was established in 1917 as a place to protect wild animals and the place where they live. It has since been enlarged to six million acres and includes Denali, the mountain formerly known as Mt. McKinley.


There is only one road into the park and only the first 15 miles of the road is accessible to private vehicles.

We took the Wilderness Tundra Tour into the park which goes about 60 miles into the park and takes about 7 hours.


On our tour we saw tons of Caribou and Dall Sheep, a ptarmigan and four grizzly bears. The three in the top photo are a mother and two nearly three year old cubs. Two very large three year old cubs. In Denali the grizzly cubs stay with their mom for the first 3 years because the summer season is so short.


We would highly recommend doing this tour if you are in the Park. The driver looks for wildlife and stops when you see something and if the animal is far away they have cameras with monitors so that you can see them better. And they also provided a box of tasty snacks!

We also spent a day hiking on several of the trails in the park that were very nice too. 


On the Mountain Vista tour we got to see the rarely seen peak of Denali!

The Savage River trail and Horseshoe Lake trail are very cool too.
We saw Moose also. We see Moose all the time. We can barely keep track of all the Moose.
We are done with Denali and will be heading off in the morning to places unknown... but somewhere south of here. Happy Summer Solstice from the Land of the Midnight Sun!




 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Moose in Denali!

We have a moose and her baby hanging out at our campground here outside of Denali which is really cool. And we took at least a million pictures of them, but we wont post them all. But here are a few...
Number of Moose Sightings: 15 Number of cracks in Windshield: 2 Number of holes in bug guard: 1









Sunday, June 17, 2018

Riverboat Discovery



Riverboat Discovery is a three hour tour. A three hour tour. It takes you up the Chena River where you first watch a Bush pilot take off from and land on the river in his vintage Sandpiper.







Next you meet the daughter of Iditaron winner, Susan Butcher, and her Alaskan husky sled dogs. Puppies too! But you just get to look at them from the boat... But she tells you all about them and then you get to see a team pull her around in an ATV and those 
dogs go crazy for it. 





















The last stop is at a replica of a native village. Guides take you around and teach you about their culture, show you reindeer, and there is a lady dog musher whose sled dogs you can see and pet and watch go crazy.

Free blueberry donuts and salmon spread is included.










On a recommendation from a complete stranger on Facebook, we went to the Alaska Salmon Bake in Fairbanks for dinner. It was a good buffet, but I don't think either of us ate $34 worth of salmon.





Nipper has had enough of the North Pole mosquitoes and is ready to head to Denali!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Chena Hot Springs Road


The Chena Hot Sorings Road is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

The road is about 56 miles long from Faibanks to the Hot Springs.

Along the way there are places to fish, camp, hike and look at stuff.

We stopped to fish in the river and in two different ponds, but had no luck.

We hiked 3.5 miles on the Angel Rocks Trail which started along the river and then  went up and up to a bunch of cool rock outcrops.


Ok, so what about that relaxing part? Well at the end of the road we got to the hot springs. For $15 we got to soak in the wonderful hot springs, swim in the indoor pool and soak in the hot tub. AND we got to take a shower! (Towels will set you back $5)

Gold Fever

If you make it Fairbanks, you definitely want to try your luck with a pan at Gold Daughters. They set you up with a gold pan and a good bag of guaranteed dirt, teach you how to pan for gold, and then let you spend as much time as you want sifting through large mounds of non-guaranteed dirt to try to make your fortune.



It is kind of too much hard work to really ever catch gold fever...

But we did end up striking it rich, mainly with the flakes from the bag of guaranteed dirt, but we did find some in the regular dirt which we had dig out with a shovel..


Make sure that you check out Tacos Al Pastor on Old Steese Hwy and order Tacos Al Pastor. Delicioso!















The Large Animal Research Station is a cool place to check out after you are filled up on Mexican food. They research Muskoxen and reindeer and they have presentations and will take you around and teach about them or you can just stop and view them from the entrance.