The Mountain is Out!

The forecast hasn’t been great and our first bus trip into the park was wildlife wonderful but lacking in distant mountain views. Of course, one of the bucket list items is to see Denali itself. Unfortunately, many visitors do not see Denali during their visit as it is not completely visible that many days in … Continue reading The Mountain is Out!

Teklanika Campground Review, Denali National Park

This campground is one of my favorites so far on our Alaska trip. Yes, it is dry camping with only trash cans, pit toilets, and a few water spigots. There is a camp host located at the entrance, but we have not seen them. It is laid out very nicely and, in spite of some … Continue reading Teklanika Campground Review, Denali National Park

“You Won the Golden Ticket”

That is what the ranger said as we showed her our pass to the Teklanika backcountry. Only those with a camping pass or those who ride the park buses into the backcountry can proceed past the Savage River checkpoint. We left Savage River Campground to journey farther into the park to Teklanika Campground. We had … Continue reading “You Won the Golden Ticket”

Rollin’ on the River

The Riverboat Discovery tour was one of the highlights of our time in Fairbanks. The Discovery is the only remaining operational sternwheelers left in the state.  When Captain Charlie Bentley arrived in 1898 with hopes of plying the rivers in Alaska, he had no idea that his family would be following in his footsteps over … Continue reading Rollin’ on the River

Kluane National Park

The employee at the visitor center said to pronounce it “Clue on knee”. However you say it, it is Canada’s largest national park and is the location for the official commemoration of the US/Canada joint war effort to complete an overland passageway from Canada to Alaska. To journey there from the lower 48, you pass … Continue reading Kluane National Park