Denali West Lodge

Lake Minchumina, Lake Minchumina, Alaska, 99757, United States | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Lake Minchumina

Denali National Park

A travel blog entry by blackpoolbelle


... to admire the views over the Arm, but it was raining again with attendant mist/cloud so we drove on towards Seward, where we stopped at Stony Creek RV park – at $36 it was our most expensive site to date, tucked away in a residential area on the banks of a creek, but it looked very nice surrounded by huge pines & mountains. There were only 6 units here so the facilities weren’t exactly stretched & we enjoyed our ...

Back to Civilisation ...

A travel blog entry by fol-de-re


... There are always going to be parts of it that are uncomfortable, inconvenient, boring - or - in this case - all three! With aching neck and shoulder already a problem, this boneshaker bus with no headrests and tatty plastic seats was not in the least appealing to me. When the driver announced that the heater and microphone were broken, it began to resemble a torture chamber. For this stage of our adventure, I armed myself with ...

Time for a real hike!

A travel blog entry by fol-de-re


Yesterday, we were just practising. We missed the cut off for the guided hike sign up - 11 people got their names down before us and that is the maximum limit. So, we decided to go it alone - well - not quite alone. We found 3 other brave explorers to hike with us - Vash, Lindsay and a guy named Doug. Armed with pepper spray, a hand drawn map (?) and borrowed walking poles, we set off to climb up to Quigley Ridge. It was ...

Exploring the real Alaska

A travel blog entry by fol-de-re


OK - this is the wilderness, but I was kidding about the accommodation. We were in the Denali Backcountry Lodge, which has warm rooms, comfortable beds and hot showers. Thank goodness, because it is cold now. There was a frost this morning. The bit about the key was true though - it still feels odd to leave your room unlocked all day - even out here! Breakfast is served from 6 here, hikes depart at 8. Hors d'oeuvres are at 5 and dinner is at 6. This is not ...

Into the Wilderness ...

A travel blog entry by fol-de-re


... here. My reading material for this section of the journey was maybe a bad choice - "Alaska Bound - One Man's Dream, One Woman's Nightmare, by Tammy Jones - It is a true story about building a log cabin in the Alaskan wilderness. Intense cold, dark, icy water and bears all feature in it. As we approach the wilderness, it is giving me some anxiety about what lies ...


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