Walkabout Town B&B
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Anchorage Monday: Yesterday Sunday after 2 freezing nights in Denali without power we hit the road and headed to Anchorage. The weather was just magnificent. We had clear views of Mt McKinley most of the way. Its the largest mountain in North America. The Highway was a beautiful avenue of Fall coloured trees. Just perfect. We stopped halfway at Mary Carey's Diner with a view. It was a family run business and had a gift shop. The Lady ...
... fascinating stuff. Unbelieveable what was accomplished there. There are no motorized vehicles allowed in McCarthy so we parked Doc by the footbridge and walked across and into the little town. Some cool historic buildings there and a great little museum. Then we boarded a shuttle to take us to Kennecott (about 5 miles)where we saw the old copper mill.
Kennecott and McCarthy are also part ...
... coats, hats and gloves. Near Talkeetna we visited the champion sled dogs of Martin Buser. Martin Buser has been the 4 time winner of the Iditarod 1,000 mile race in March from Anchorage to Nome. The dogs are bred especially for fast, endurance racing. You can see in one of the photos how the dogs are protected to shield and care for their bodies during this race, against the harsh conditions, that they would experience. A picnic lunch was ...
... over! What a surprise!!).
But we think we've cracked the mystery! And just to be sure, we checked out and confirmed our theory with our B&B host in Homer, long-time Alaska resident Marcella Suydam (a quite remarkable lady - stay at the Cozy Cove B&B should you ever find yourself in Homer!!). Sarah didn't actually see Russia. What she saw and mistook for Russia, are the many Russian villages, Russian Orthodox churches ...
... Thank goodness for google maps and we were next to Costco in twenty minutes. We bought snacks and produce that can last without refrigeration for few days such as pastries, fruit, granola bars. We also got cheese plate and some wine.
According to my itinerary, there were 200 + miles to our cabins in Denali park and I thought we are taking 3-4 hours top. Little did I know, it would take us double that time to get to Denali.