National Parks

Alaska – Day Twenty-two- Ranger-led Hike to Exit Glacier, Alaska

On Thursday, July 7, 2022 Cindy and I drove down to the Kenai Fjords National Park to go on a 10am ranger-led 3-mile round trip hike to the Exit Glacier. The glacier is derived from the Harding Icefield in the Kenai Mountains of Alaska. Back in the spring of 1968 a mountaineering party was the …

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Alaska – Day Twenty-one – Driving to Moose Pass, Alaska

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 we left Palmer, Alaska around 10:30am for a 3 hour/145 mile trip to our next stop; the Trail River Campground (part of the Chugach National Park) in Moose Pass, Alaska . This is a very scenic drive as a great deal of it takes place around the Turnagain Arm, a waterway …

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Alaska – Day Sixteen (Part 1) – Early Morning Drive Into Denali

Friday, July 1, 2022 was our last day in Denali National Forest. Even though we had taken the guided tour bus trip when we first arrived, we decided that before we left we wanted to drive some of it ourselves. We left the campsite around 6:30am to drive 13 miles into Denali (the maximum distance …

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Alaska – Day Fifteen- Ranger-Led Hike in Denali National Forest

Thursday morning, June 30, 2022, we arose early (for us, lol), had a large, nutritious breakfast (thanks Cindy!) and headed out to the Denali Visitor Center to go on a three-mile long Ranger-led hike in the park. One of the things we really enjoy about visiting our national parks is taking part in hikes and …

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Alaska – Day Fourteen- Hiking Around Horseshoe Lake, Denali National Park

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 after Cindy was finally able to book us new reservations at a new site thanks to the City of Anchorage cancelling our stay with almost no notice, we decided we would do a 2 1/2 mile hike around Horseshoe Lake in Denali National Park, not far from our campsite at Riley …

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Alaska – Day Thirteen- A Quest For Eggs

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 we were on a mission; a mission for eggs. Sunday we ran out of eggs. We walked down to the campground mercantile store, but they were out as well. Monday, after the Dog Sled Demonstration we stopped back by the campground store, but they still had none in stock. We drove …

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Alaska – Days Eleven and Twelve – Short Hikes and The Denali Dog Sled Demonstration

Sunday, June 26, 2022 was a day of mostly rest for us after the long Saturday on the Denali Wilderness Tundra Tour, even if it was by bus, lol. We did a small amount of walking/hiking around the Riley Greek Campground where we were staying, but not much. Monday, June 27, 2022 was our morning …

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Alaska – Day Ten – Denali Wilderness Tundra Bus Tour, Alaska

Saturday, June 25, 2022 was an all-day adventure for us on the Denali Wilderness Tundra Bus Tour. When we started planning this trip to Alaska a year ago, two of the things we knew we wanted to do was to stay in or near the Denali National Park and to take the Denali Wilderness Tundra …

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Alaska – Days Eight and Nine – Goodbye Fairbanks and Hello Denali National Park, Alaska

Thursday, June 23, 2022 was a day of small maintenance and housecleaning chores for us, but mostly relaxing watching the latest episode of Star Trek-Strange New Worlds and reading. We wanted to take Bella for a nice, long walk but the surrounding area wasn’t all that conducive to an enjoyable activity for her. It was …

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