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Aug 3 to Aug 6 - Fairbanks - Denali - Kenai

Luck, Denali, More_Denali

sunny 20 °C

Aug 3, 4

Our sewer line fixed, we were still committed to staying two extra nights in Fairbanks, and it was rainy and cloudy, and generally not very nice weather. We did lots of little things to keep ourselves busy, but we were really anxious to be back on the road. Sometimes, the gods are with you, and such was the case with us.

Aug 5

Saturday morning, and we are ready to move on, heading south to Denali, the biggest mountain on North America. 2/3rds of the time it is completely, or partially obscured by cloud. To find a perfectly clear day is really rare. If we had come this way on Aug 3, or Aug 4, we would have seen nothing. Nothing!

But, our day is glorious, full sunshine, not a cloud to be seen. 45 minutes out of Fairbanks we get our fist glimpse of Denali. We stop 7 times to take pictures on the way south, each time a different angle, and more is revealed.

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If our sewer line on TaJ had not been knocked off on the run from Chicken to Tok we would have passed by here 2 days, and seen nothing. In 2006 Jenny and I spent 7 days on the Denali Highway, and only saw glimpses of the mountain. Sometimes it is really good to have been unavoidably detained.

We stopped and picked some blueberries near Cantwell for tomorrow's breakfast...there is a 20 mile section of road that has blueberries on either side of the road and there were many groups of pickers.

We stopped at a roadside campground, called, Denali View North. 20 sites, no services, except pit toilets. The views are amazing. We had supper and settled in for the night. There was a Dutch couple and their two kids just down from us and we shared travel stories. Really nice family...traveling for 6 weeks in Alaska.

We tried to get in a bit of a hike:

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Otherwise, it was just looking over the views of the mountains:

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A couple of big European Travel Trucks stopped for the view as well:

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Early in the morning another shot of Denali, just lit up from the early morning sun.

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TaJ in our camping spot:

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Aug 6

Onward, once again early on the road, destination Soldotna, on the Kenai ( pronounced Keen-Eye) Peninsula, the Salmon fishing capital of North America.

We stopped at Denali Viewpoint South for another view of the mountain. Magnificent.

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This cartoon sums up the frustration with seeing Denali:

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We churned on south, skirting Anchorage, where we spent 6 lovely days back in 2006 and felt no need to revisit, and on to the Kenai, where we had never been before.

Now, here is where things started to get strange. Since leaving home on June 1 we have seen just 21 R-Pods in 66 days of travel. Today, in the 200 miles from Anchorage to Soldotna, we saw 14. We heard from several people that r-pods are just about the bees-knees in trailers up here in the 49th state.

Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 21:32 Archived in USA Tagged denali r-pods

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So glad you were able to see Denali so clearly. We passed an RV dealership yesterday full of R-pods. You are definitely with the cool people!

by Karmen Reid

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