Anchorage to Denali National Park
Our travels began with an hour delay in Indianapolis, a plane full of 12 year old boys, a half hour holding pattern, and running to our connection in Denver. Unfortunately we were unable to visit with Marlene and Dick in Denver. We made our flight and our luggage did too! Our flight from Denver to San Fran was uneventful. We had enough time in San Fran to quickly grab dinner and get on our third flight. On our Anchorage flight, we upgraded to Economy plus. We had great leg room and no one sitting next to us in the row of 3. Colleen made our seats into a bench and slept great. Alan wasn't as fortunate. When we left San Fran, the sun was setting. It got dark as we flew to Alaska and then got lighter. Our view as we flew into Anchorage was beautiful. The skies were clear and we were able to see the mountains and glaciers. It was strange to be flying at "night" and still see everything. It never gets really dark here, just dusk like. The sun sets at 11:30 and rises at 4am. We arrived at 12:15am in Anchorage...4:15 east coast time. This morning we hit the road for Denali National Park. We stopped first at Chugach State Park where we hiked to the Thunderbird Falls. This was an easy 1 mile hike but the mosquitos were already out.
We headed to Talkeetna next. This one stop sign small town had a lot of little shops. We found a flat bread restaurant with free internet access. The skies are still a little cloudy so we are unable to see Denali. Hopefully the weather will clear.
Now we are heading to our cabin in Denali. Tonight we are going to learn about the Iditarod race and see sled dogs. It should be great. It might make us miss Sunny and Sierra though! Hopefully we will have internet access in Denali to update you on our travels.
We do have internet service at our campground. We are staying in a cabin but I can access the internet in the general store.
We went to Jeff King’s Iditarod presentation tonight. He has won the Iditarod 4 times, most recently in 2006. We loved holding the 8 day old puppies.
The dogs were very friendly and obviously loved to work.
Jeff King actually picked us up in our shuttle, so we had some time to ask him some questions (although at first we had no idea who he was!).
It was a great experience. But we now know that Sunny and Sierra would never make the team.
This picture is the view from the dog kennels. What a view!