We loved our stay in the Riley Creek Campground in Denali. It’s a national park campground, meaning it is primitive. But oh so beautiful and tranquil. You know when people aren’t playing televisions, radios, etc. there is no noise. The campsites are very big and shaded. Don built a great campfire the first night in the park and we enjoyed sitting around it after supper. We were going to have a campfire last night but we were all so tired we didn’t get around to it. We would have loved to stay there longer if there were electricity and water. It would have been a great place to sit and read a book, take a walk, etc.
We turned 6,000 miles on our way to Talkeetna. The drive down here was wonderful because it was very isolated. We stopped by the Alaska Veteran’s Memorial between Denali and Talkeetna. I forgot to tell you that we met two couples from Kentucky while we were in Fairbanks. They camped next to us. They are driving Model A’s all the way from Kentucky and they are pulling these little trailers they specially built to pull with the A Models. They sleep in the little trailer. They were telling us that they drove up to the Arctic Circle from Fairbanks just to say they did it. They drove round trip from Fairbanks 18 hours in one day!!!!!
We also saw the View that belongs to Bob from Virginia. This is the guy and his wife who spotted us at Yellowstone and spoke to us. We knew they were on their way to Alaska but this is the first time we’ve seen them since leaving Wyoming. They were camped the next road over from us in Denali. Unfortunately we never got to speak with them because either we were gone, or they were gone.
A corvette club passed us today—-there must have been 10 or 12 of them and one of them was a 1962 model. Greg enjoyed seeing all those corvettes.
We arrived in Talkeetna around 2:00 p.m. After setting up we walked into the village. It’s just a little strip village but has interesting shops. The best part of it is most of the goods are Alaskan made by local artisans. Greg came upon a John Deere ice cream churn, as you’ll see in one of the photos. It has a 5 gallon churn capacity and is one of a kind. Greg loved it!!! We stopped by a little community shop and both Sandie and I bought a raffle ticket for a hand made quilt made by the local “ladies”. The proceeds of the raffle are for a scholarship for a local high school graduate to go to college. So whether or not our ticket is drawn, we are helping send a local kid to college. That’s a good thing.
We bought a meat pie for dinner (it’s called a “patsy” or something like that). It’s like a chicken pot pie but it’s beef and gravy in a pastry pouch. I’ll let you know what we think.
Don and Sandie are trying to line up a flight over Mt. McKinley for tomorrow and also it will land on a glacier. We’ll drive on over to Anchorage and meet them there. You all know I don’t do FLIGHTS!! LOL
Stay tuned. Bonnie