Alaska Day 2 - Denali to Talkeetna
Trip Start Jul 24, 2010
12Trip End Jul 31, 2010
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North to Alaska!
Well………………south to southern parts of Alaska anyway. We hear it’s a lot warmer down there. Temp today in Denali was 55 degrees. So nice.
Getting ready this morning was……interesting. 4 people in a camper, my mom’s worry over being late and missing “the show”……… I could go on and on
Parents stayed and broke down “camp” and headed on to Talkeetna. They had already seen the sled dog demo before we arrived.
We made it – 30 minutes early, might I add – to the sled dog demo at Denali park. What really made this worthwhile was the fact that we found a red-headed dog for Paula and a blonde dog for me……..not to take home. Don’t worry, Bob. Just for photo op. Just for photo op. What if I were to say to you, “I haven’t adopted an Alaskan sled dog YET?”
I’ve decided that, if the opportunity presents itself, like if Bob leaves me or dies on me, I will do all in my power to get this gig.
Paula spotted the biggest, big-ass bunny while there
After the demo, we drove south to meet my parents. Rain, rain, rain all the way. Rainy days and Mondays……. Much of the way, we were still in Denali Park. I read about Alaska before the trip, of course, and just couldn’t believe that the state’s population is only 650,000. We drove more than 30 miles in between gas stations/evidence of civilization today, so I began to believe. We stopped at the Alaskan Veteran’s Memorial and gave thanks to my dad for his service, as we always do, and his temporary abandonment of us during the Vietnam conflict.
We drove over a bridge that spanned Hurricane Gulch, glanced over the side, and both got a bit of vertigo. So we stopped, climbed over the guardrail, and stood by the edge. For me, I use that term loosely. Paula did get pretty close and got some really great pictures, while I went back to the car looking for ropes and climbing equipment – to make sure she didn’t fall off the cliff
Arrived at Talkeetna, parents, and camper. Jade seemed a bit more excited than my parents to see us. Hmmmm…….
Our airplane sightseeing trip tonight was canceled due to inclement weather, so we cried for a time, then opened our second bottle of wine. It’s still raining now, but do not despair: we have 2 more bottles.
I wonder if I can market my big-ass bunny spotting talent somehow?