The Medora of Alaska

Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 24, 2010

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Talkeetna Camper Park

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Friday, August 6, 2010

   We slept in this morning and were having breakfast when a car load of people started walking around the motor home, looking and pointing. I opened the window by the table and said good morning to them. They asked if the slideout goes in when we drive. Wayne went out and invited them in for a tour. Couldn't believe we had two groups at the same campground! These people were from New York City and were amazed at the space we have. They had flown to Anchorage, were touring on their own for a week, then taking a cruise down to Vancouver and flying back to New York from there. They were having a great time and were going to Denali National Park today.
   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. The other memorials honor the National Guard, Merchant Marine and victims of a couple military plane crashes. We visited for awhile with the campground host that was working the desk and 3 couples from British Columbia that were traveling a similar route that we are. They just stayed at one of the RV Parks outside the gate of the National Park and were very disappointed. I'm so glad we had gotten reservations to stay in the Park! 
   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. This is the station that climbers need to check in and get proper instruction before climbing Mt. McKinley each spring. We watched the movie they showed and looked around at the various mini-flags that had been posted by climbers of various countries. There is a Ranger Program at the Historical Museum that we plan to attend tomorrow.
   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. Yikes.....we should have gone for a 5 mile hike to wear it off after all that!! Instead we came back and snuggled up in 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!
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Faye Baker on

You are in my all time favorite Alaska town!! I so hope you get to see the MT from there. I was lucky enought to visit Talkeetna at least a dozen times and saw the MT every time. My favorite spot to stop at is the Three German Bachelors' Cabin Gift shop and then there was an outdoor coffeeshop on a corner. Did you know that AK consumes more ice cream per capita than any other state? At least the state had that distiction when I lived there. I can tell you are really "soaking up" AK. You're now getting into the area thats most familiar to me. Keep up the entries so I can relive through the two of you!! Keep safe!

An Envious Friend,

linda scharbach on

myra and wayne sounds like a wonderful trip.

Denise on

Hey - we've eaten at that ice cream stop... very good

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