Alaska 

Days 10 - August 20, 2009

Miles Traveled:

Daily High in Denali (the nearest weather report on Weather Underground.com): 57

Daily Low in Denali (the nearest weather report on Weather Underground.com): 24

Notable Stops: We got off the ferry in Whittier this morning. We arrived in Talkeetna.

 

While approaching the port in Whittier but while still out in the bay the ferry drove in a couple circles. The Captain announced that there was trouble with one of the engines on the boat and the engineers were going to fix it while we floated in the bay. Docking and de-boarding was delayed by about half an hour because of this but that just meant we got to look at more of the scenery. We thought maybe Shereen would be able to tell us what happened when we saw her down on the car deck. Turns out, she was not on watch and had no idea. She didnít even know we drove in a couple circles.

 

We de-boarded the ferry this morning in Whittier. It was cold and windy but the sun was shining and there were just enough clouds in the sky to make for good photos. Whittier is a really pretty and quaint port town.

 

Matt gave Shereen a ride around town in the Speedster. She liked it and had me take a picture of her in the Speedster. She said the Speedster was comfortable. The guys in the engine room told her they didnít think it was going to be a comfortable ride.

 

We traveled through the tunnel between Whittier and Anchorage. It was a long dark tunnel that smelled dingy and wet like a mineshaft, but it was a neat tunnel all the same.

 

On the other side of the tunnel the weather was much nicer. It was warmer. There was not much wind. It was nice.

 

Anchorage

 

We stopped in Anchorage to get DVDs to burn the old videos off the video camera. While Matt went into the Fred Myerís I stayed in the Teardrop and laid out business card sized cards with our web site on them. We wanted to hand these cards out to people when they ask about our trip.

 

As we looked for the correct road out of Anchorage and to Talkeetna we also looked for a copy store to have the business cards printed. We did not find the copy store in Anchorage.

 

Once on the freeway toward Talkeetna we lost the little trim piece on the passenger side of the Speedster cowl. This happened as I looked over my shoulder to tell Matt if it was clear for him to move into the slow lane.

 

I told Matt we lost a piece. I told him which piece. He immediately pulled over along the freeway and insisted he was going to find the piece. I was worried about the outcome of such a hunt. I was pretty sure the piece was in the middle of the middle lane and the freeway was busy. Matt was certain he could get the piece despite this. So he took off running down the highway.

 

When he found the piece in the middle of the middle lane of the freeway it was still in tact and had not even been run over yet. Just as the last car was passing, the car ran over the cowl piece. Then the freeway was clear for a bit and Matt ran out, grabbed the flattened piece of aluminum and headed back to the car.

 

Matt put the trim on the car. I actually think it stays in place better now that it has been run over. Every cloud has a sliver lining but I guess this one had a flattened aluminum trim.

 

Wasilla

 

We stopped in Wasilla to get some things from Wal-Mart and to eat at McDonalds in Wal-Mart. I called Ali to make sure the first week with the kitties went well. Matt called his parents to tell them we arrived safely.

 

When Mattís parents asked where we were, Matt told them that we just had lunch with Sarah Palin in Wal-Mart.

 

After filling up with gas I spotted a UPS Store. We went in and had our business cards printed on neon orange cardstock. After that we were back on the road.

 

Talkeetna

 

We arrived in Talkeetna, checked into our campground then checked out town. All along the way we passed out the orange business cards to everyone we didnít think was a complete weirdo who would pester us endlessly through the web site.

 

(Note: If you met us along the way and did not get a business card, that does not necessarily mean you are one of the above mentioned people. There are other reasons we might not have handed you a business card. For example: there might have been a weirdo in the group you were standing with, we might have forgotten, we might not have had cards on us, we might have been in a hurryÖ)

 

Talkeetna is a cute town with a great view of Mt. McKinley. There are tinny little shops, a few restaurants and a bunch of flight seeing tour businesses.

 

By the time we got to town most of the gift shops were closed. However, we were able to find two open. The first didnít have anything that interested Matt or me. The second was really cool. I got some buttons made out of caribou antlers there. Iím going to put one on the pink Vogue Knitting shrug I mentioned the other day. We got an eagle painted on a caribou antler and a really cute moose dish towel holder made out of rot iron.

 

Now here we are, back at camp. The community campfire is going. So Iím going to eat my dinner then go make smores with Matt. 

Preparing to Dock in Whittier Preparing to Dock in Whittier
Preparing to Dock in Whittier Preparing to Dock in Whittier
Whittier from the Bay Whittier from the Bay
Whittier from the Bay Whittier
Shireen and Matt in Speedster in Whittier, Alaska Whittier
The Kenicot Docked in Whittier Whittier
The Marina in Whittier The Marina in Whittier
Waiting for Our Turn to Drive Through the One Way Tunnel Out of Whittier, Alaska Drive to the One Way Tunnel Out of Whittier, Alaska
Inside the One Way Tunnel Out of Whittier, Alaska Just Outside the Tunnel Out of Whittier
On the Road Between Whittier and Anchorage On the Road Between Whittier and Anchorage
On the Road Between Whittier and Anchorage Gas Station Along the Road Between Whittier and Anchorage
On the Road Between Whittier and Anchorage Rush Hour Traffic in Anchorage
Matt putting the cowl trim back on the Speedster. Rush Hour Traffic Leaving Anchorage
On the Road Between Anchorage and Wasilla Speedster and Teardrop at WalMart in Wasilla
Mt McKinley on the Road into Talkeetna Speedster and Teardrop in Talkeetna
Mushroom in Talkeetna Speedster and Teardrop on the Main Street in Talkeetna
Speedster and Teardrop on the Main Street in Talkeetna The Main Street in Talkeetna
Matt Gets Friendly with the Wildlife Jess Gets Friendly with the Wildlife
Alaska 2009

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