Denali River Cabins
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... and see the northern lights. After several nights of trying to see them, Mum eventually woke us up on the last night - as they were visible. Ashley and I came outside briefly and watched them and they were pretty amazing but we went back to sleep shortly afterwards as it was freezing cold and we were very tired. Mum and Dad stayed out for longer and reported the following morning that they became even brighter after we went back to sleep and that we missed out. If we ...
... sandwich, coleslaw & a delicious brownie. They provide lemonade (the cordial type), iced tea, tea, coffee & hot chocolate at meals & the hot drinks at any time. We again were meant to sit at tables that were set but we moved them around a bit so the five of us could sit together & we had a great time chatting and comparing overseas stories, continuing the discussions we had on the walk.
Next on the agenda was the dog mushing talk by ...
... up to the Denali entrance. At two of them we were able to see at least part of the range, although there certainly was more cloud around Denali than any other mountain. As in other parts of Alaska that we have been, the main road was through fairly flat country. Each town we have stayed in has been quite flat too even when surrounded by mountains.
We drove through one part that had recently been caught in a forest fire. There were signs up thanking the fire ...
... are so glad we did!
It was recommended that we unhook our car and drive to Whittier, which we did.
Entering Whittier is either by boat or through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel—the longest (2.5 miles) highway tunnel in North America, and the first designed for -40 Fahrenheit temperatures and 150 mph winds!
The one-lane tunnel must be shared by cars and trains traveling in both directions, and it usually needs to be aired ...
... the right of way so all was great going up. We did, however, have to come down. I just closed my eyes and thought happy little thoughts. As usual, there were hairpin turns and drop offs that would end it all with a slip of a wheel.
think what made this drive so spectacular was that you could see so much in so many directions through the passes and valleys. We passed several mining operations and land posted against trespassers. Some ...