Days 12 - August 22, 2009
Miles Traveled: 153.8 from Talkeetna to Denali National Park plus 4 more into town and back to camp
Notable Stops: Left Talkeetna, Arrived in Denali National Park
Notable weather: Mostly sunny with clouds covering Mt McKinley
Today we left Talkeetna and drove to Denali National Park.
The weather was nice. It was mostly sunny with a few dramatic clouds overhead and clouds off in the distance completely covering Mt. McKinley.
We stopped several places for gas. We also stopped at the South View Point of Mt. McKinley. Each time we stopped our car drew more and more attention.
Just before we stopped for gas in Cantwell (27 miles south of Denali National Park) the zipper pull broke off my jacket. This is the second zipper pull to break off my jacket. Matt and I agreed we’d find a couple new zipper pulls at Jo Anne’s in Fairbanks.
After arriving in Denali National Park we checked into our campsite at Riley Creek Campgrounds and set up camp. Matt parked the Speedster and Teardrop side by side. We suspended the big blue tarp (that has been keeping our chairs dry on the tongue of the Teardrop) from several trees over the car and trailer. We are expecting rain tonight and/or tomorrow so this should keep the car dry and provide a dry place for us to get in and out of the Teardrop.
After setting up camp be went into town just outside the park. It is a cute little town full of gift shops, businesses offering excursions and hotels. Again the car drew a lot of attention there, especially from the guys in the Harley shop we parked in front of.
I found two cool zipper pulls at one of the gift shops. The best part is they were 50% off so they were actually cheaper than if I bought them at Jo Anne’s. One is a moose and the other is the state of Alaska.
On the way back from town the Speedster started making a funny noise. It sounded like a plastic grocery bag was stuck under it. When we got back to camp Matt pulled the valve cover off the engine to inspect. He also inspected under the car. He could not find the source of the plastic bag noise. I say it was tough to determine if the noise was the car of the plastic bag in my lap that was holding the groceries we bought.
Later in the evening we roaster marshmallows by the fire, made smores then went to bed.
|Our Camp Site in Talkeetna||Driving from Talkeetna to Denali National Park Along the Parks Highway|
|Speedster and Teardrop In Front of South View Point of Mt. McKinley||Matt and Jess in Front of South View Point of Mt. McKinley|
|Driving to Denali National Park Along the Parks Highway||Our Camp Site at Riley Creed Campground in Denali National Park|
|Town Right Outside Denali National Park||Speedster in Town Right Outside Denali National Park|
|Speedster In Front Of The Strip Mall in Town Right Outside Denali National Park||Speedster In Front Of The Harley Shope in Town Right Outside Denali National Park|