Rained hard in the night and was like pea soup when we woke up so we decided to leave the park a day early and head for Talkeetna. Bid farewell to our new pals and off we went. Driving through the park we came upon a stopped bus and two RV’s stopped. Must be something good ahead. We just missed a moose and calf. Darn it! Continued along and Went through at checkpoint Charlie and then out of the park. Nothing of note on the way to the RV Park. Laura can’t pass one of these things without stopping for a picture – normally she drags Alyssa into the picture as well.
Parked at the RV park in Talkeetna and walked downtown. Cute little town with lots of restaurants and gift shops for the cruise ship trade. Really liked this airstream as a food truck.
Checked in for our jet boat tour the following morning. Walked down to the ranger station for a chat with the ranger. He was not Officer Friendly. All of the climbers for Mount Denali have to check in here and pay their $350 climbing fee. Doug was asking about this year’s climbing season and he wasn’t very informative. So, off we went. Stopped by Denali Brewing company for a couple of pints and salmon spread. Very nice.
The Alaska railroad provides daily passenger service on its Anchorage-Denali-Fairbanks as well as freight. The tracks were right behind the RV park. I was woken at 4am. Sounded like the train was aimed right for us. When I finally went back to sleep I dreamed that we were hiding in our house from a tornado. Of course looking for our cats in the dream woke me up.
We were up early for our jet boat tour. The driver assured as that although it was raining, the good news was the Bears and moose would be out in full force as they love the cool weather. We travelled up to the canyon where the rapids were fierce. We saw three Eagles, which are beautiful, but that was it.
I was not in a great mood. I really wanted to see some wildlife. We were served a boxed lunch which was a bland as the tour. We got back to dry land where the “naturalist” took over for a little walk in an island. Now, I can not say why, but this woman really rubbed me the wrong way. She must have reminded me of someone I don’t like as I found her really annoying on the boat. Now, as she strapped her rifle over her shoulder and told us the reason for this was to “take our wallets”, I was not laughing. There were four boat loads of passengers off loading on to this island. As if there was a bear or moose in the area -impossible. She asked the group if they had been in Alaska long. All had been here at least a week and all had been in Denali. Even though, she insisted on asking us the difference between caribou and reindeer, wait for it, “reindeer can fly”. Really, I have to hear this again. As I mentioned, she just rubbed me the wrong way. She showed us an old trappers cottage and a bunch of furs.
This was interesting. Back on the boat and back to the RV park.
We were sitting typing up the blog when a couple joined us that have the same Roadtrek as us. We decided to have dinner together. Laura and Rob sold their 4000 square foot house and bought a Roadtrek earlier this year and are travelling around. That is a big change. They have three children scattered around America so I guess this is part of the reason. Had a nice dinner and chat and sure wish them well.This entry was posted in Uncategorized