The Medora of Alaska
Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
74Trip End Sep 24, 2010
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We left soon after and drove in some very light rain. We haven't had much rain since we've been here so won't complain. We stopped at the Denali State Park Visitor Center which is also the site of the Alaskan Veterans Memorial. The location was chosen because it is half way between Fairbanks and Anchorage, the 2 largest population centers in the state. The 5 concrete panels each represent a branch of the service
We didn't have cell phone or internet service last night but checked about an hour south of the campground and we had a strong signal. Within a few minutes my phone rang and it was Madison calling. The Kilde family was an hour down the road going on a vacation to Vikings Training Camp in MN and then to the Wisconsin Dells. She told me about Girl Scout camp this week that her and Missy went to at Camp Sakakawea. She really liked the canoeing and going swimming. She was reading this journal as they were driving. We did get cut off when we went behind a mountain but it was good to talk to her.
We arrived in Talkeetna early afternoon and checked into the RV Park. We are still having trouble with our e-mail service so called WRT once again. We tried a few different settings and it didn't make a difference so guess I need to call back on Monday. What a pain!
We walked downtown and checked out the town and went to the National Park Service Ranger Station
We saw a poster at the Post Office about a concert series and one of the locals explained that it is every Friday night at the park at the end of Main Street from 5-7. We went from about 5:30-6:30. This is the first year they are having it, it is co-sponsored by their Chamber and Arts Council and several local businesses. Seems a lot like our Music in the Park in Hazen except they don't serve food. There were several people that went to the bar next door and came over with a beer or drink and some others with various snacks from the nearby downtown shops or restaurants.
We walked around and looked in some of the shops, mostly with local or at least Alaskan crafts. We ate at one of the restaurants. It was hard to choose but it was chilly so we chose one that was advertising Alaskan seafood chowder on their sidewalk board. We both had it and it was delicious. Wayne had seafood lasagne for his meal and I had mushroom and sun-dried tomato pizza with whole wheat crust. Very good dinner and then we had homemade blueberry ice cream on our walk back to the camper
This is long enough for one day but speaking of snuggling up, I have to tell you what's been keeping us warm on these chilly nights. Effie Carr who worked with Wayne for many of his 35 years (I can't remember exactly when she started) made him a beautiful quilt for his retirement. It is the softest flannel and is on our bed in the camper. Wayne has always liked to stay warm and expected that the temperature at night was as warm as during the day. But he leaned that the furnace and the water heater are the 2 things that use the propane fastest in the camper. So we have had no heat on during the night and then just turn it on when we get up in the morning to take the chill off when it's been down into the 50's. A couple mornings it was about 60 and he didn't even turn it on - I'm impressed! When we are at RV Parks with electricity we can run the heat and not use propane but he hasn't been running it all night then either. That quilt keeps us warm without the heat being on!