Fed up with this RV park. Somebody stole our hose, the washing machine ate my quarters, the WiFi sucks and the cable doesn’t work. I went into the office and demanded some restitution. Well, “the cable isn’t our fault, nobody else is complaining about the WiFi, nobody turned in your hose, but here’s your four bucks for the washing machine”. I guess my look of disdain and the famous Hocura evil eye got to her as she then presents me with an all you can eat breakfast ticket at the nearby restaurant. “What, I’m eating alone”? She gave me a ticket for Doug.
Big Class A caravans out here. These rigs are gigantic. 15 or 2o of them travel around together. We are joining one in Albuquerqe to see the hot air balloon festival in October. Not sure it will be to our liking, but what the heck, might meet some new pals.
There was this enormous rig in Dawson. It had been brought over from Germany and slept 20. I should have asked for a tour as the people were quite nice. We just passed it on the highway. Small world indeed.
Picked up some survival supplies at Fred Meyers as we are four nights in the park without electricity. Let’s hope the solar panels do their job and keep the fridge running. Doug may have to switch over to red wine with me. The Mr. is fighting a sore throat so I got him some freezies, always makes me feel better.
Driving into Denali and the mountains are gorgeous. Nice drive, sunny and 20C. Checked in at the RV park. We got the last available spot. Good thing we called yesterday and reserved. Once again, our travel agent has given us poor advice. He told us we would have no troubles getting a spot on our travels. Anyway, we are reserved and the folks are nice. Headed over to the Denali Park Visitors Centre.
Denali means “the high one” for Athabaskan Indians north of the Alaska Range. Mt Denali is the highest peak in North America at 20,320 feet. About 1000 people try to climb it each year and half make it. I don’t think we will give this a go on this trip. Doug, Alyssa and I climbed 20,000 ft twenty years ago in Peru. It was tough twenty years ago, can’t imagine today. We are hoping for clear weather so that we can see to the top of the mountain. Its not just the mountain that makes Denali National Park a special place. The park is also home to 37 species of mammals and 130 different bird species. The cameras will be at the ready.
In December 1980 just before Jimmy Carter left office, he signed into law legislation that established over 100 million acres of new national parks, preserves, and wildlife refuges in Alaska. Mount McKinley National Park was enlarged from 2 million to 6 million acres, became Denali National Park and Preserve, with new boundaries to encompass entire watersheds and the home ranges of wildlife populations.
The ranger at the Visitors Centre told us to go to the Wilderness Centre to obtain our pass for the campsite inside the park. We went to the Wilderness Centre and this ranger would not give Doug the pass as we might “sneak in” before our reservation begins on Thursday. I guess we look a little sketchy. Every campsite is booked for the 2017 season. Good thing my boy scout booked our dates 6 months ago. We are pretty excited to stay in the park. The ranger told us that there are many wolves and he has seen them every day. Hunting is strictly controlled so the wildlife numbers are up. 20 wolf cubs have been counted this season.
There is just one road in the park and private vehicles are not allowed passed the visitors centre unless you have a campsite. Once you get to your campsite you cannot use your vehicle until you are ready to leave. There is an extensive shuttle service to take you around. We have also booked a tour bus that will take us the entire 92 miles through the park. I met a women in line at the gift shop (Doug insisted I have a really cool shirt that was on display) who had ridden the bus yesterday. She said it was a spectacular day and they did see the top of the mountain. Here’s hoping for us to see many wonderful things.
Off to the Prospector for 60 different types of beer. (not that we were planning on trying them all) A fellow that followed us out of the gift shop as he overheard Doug telling the women we were talking to that we had come up on the inside passage wanted the scoop. He suggested the Prospector for food and beer. The beer was delicious and the pizza was almost as good as the ones Doug makes on our Big Green Egg.
Back at the campsite. Finally got the cable to work. Doug found a lose connection resulting from the RV being jostled around on the rough roads. We watched a bit of Fox news. Sure lots of nonsense going on down here.
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