Denali Park - Day 110

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wow - we have been on the road for One Hundred and Ten Days!  Where does the time go?  We had another sunny and warm day here at Denali National Park and Preserve.

We started out with a beautiful breakfast in the Princess Hotel (Both the Princess and Holland America have a land and sea package and they put there people up here for a few days in conjunction with their cruise).  The food was spectacular!  

After a little shopping trip, we headed up to the Visitor's Center for a Dog Sled Demonstration of the Working Dogs here at Denali.  They are a different breed than the ones used in races.  These dog have to pull heavy loads out on the snow and ice and are bred to be stronger and heavier than the racing dogs.  Denali has it's own breeding and kennel where they keep the dogs in shape year round.  After a talk by one of the park rangers they hooked up the dogs and we got to see them race around a gravel track.  But first, we got to go and meet the dogs and pet them.  Unfortunately, it has been so warm here that the dogs would rather have been sleeping in the shade then being friendly.  After having done the real thing up on the glacier, this wasn't all that exciting for me, but Nick didn't do that experience, so I think he enjoyed seeing them run.

Next we took in a short movie of the changing seasons up here, and that was beautiful, but I have to say as soon as I saw all that snow, I found myself reaching for my jacket!!

In the evening we went to Cabin Night Dinner Theater (where the servers are also the singers and actors) and it was so much fun.  The food was fantastic -ribs, salmon, potatoes, corn, beans, salad, and berry coblber for dessert.  No wonder we are all starting to gain weight on this trip. Last night they had a fantastic lasagna dinner waiting for us that the head ladies prepared while we were on our 7 hour bus trip inside the park.. We are definitely well taken care of - that's for sure!

Tomorrow we have a short drive to Fairbanks for 4 nights.  We are hearing horror stories of a storm coming in with heavy rain (snow in some areas), winds, and dropping temperatures.  Those of us who are going on the Arctic Circle Trip are sweating bullets wondering if we will be able to make the trip.  All of our fingers and toes for that matter are crossed.

I keep forgetting to tell you the language of Alaska:  If you come from or live in the lower 48 you are an OUTSIDER.  If you are here for less than a year and do not go through a winter you are known as a CHEECHAWKO; and if you have been here for more than that, but sometimes it takes 10 years to reach this status -  you are known as a SOURDOUGH!

Now a funny side line to Nick finally getting around to reading my blog which included my new boyfriend - Arthur Itis.  I am watching him read it and I'm just waiting for him to react (which thought he would get a good laugh out of) and he turns around and says "You found someone'??? 
I asked him if he read the whole thing, and he says, "no, I was so shocked about you finding someone else!!...that I couldn't read any when he finally did, he got a good chuckle out of it. 
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Kathy Blackman on

Guess you saw some animals on your Denali trip!!!! Man, do we wish we were with you all. Miss you, Nick and the gang SO MUCH!!! Bill is getting tired of holding his head down, also, so anything would be better, but he is gettting some vision back. Yeah!!!

Bert on

On the way to Fairbanks don't forget to stop at Skinny Dick's!

Pamela on

Now Sandy, knowing me as you do, I have to ask for more details about Nick's response to Arthur. When he asked, "You found someone?" was it with a lilt and lifting of the voice in an excited manner or was it in a down cast solemn, dejected tone? You know, that makes all the difference in the world!!! hahaha

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