Trekking on Through Alaska

As was pointed out by my friends, Linda and Carol, I forgot to include the pictures of our camping site in Talkeetna. I found it on Day’s End and was great. Really quiet and amazing view of Denali.

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We had heard about the Mayor of Talkeetna, but were never able to meet him, but I did get a picture.

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We left Talkeetna and headed for Wasilla where we needed to restock our food supply and do some laundry – both of which we accomplished. We looked for Sarah Palin, but no luck. After getting our work done, we visited the Iditarod Headquarters and saw a movie about the race, met a musher and his dogs, and met 3 puppies that are being raised to be racing dogs. It was a really cool place

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We had planned to stay at a place called Lake Lucille (where we heard Sarah Palin has a house), but when we got there it was very damp and there were lots of mosquitos. So we went back to the WalMart in Wasilla and spent the night. It is a huge, very nice Super WalMart.

Our next route took us towards Anchorage on Alaska 3 South. Anchorage is a big city, with no parking for RVs. We got propane for $4.50 a gallon and then headed to the new Cabellas to dump and get water.

We continued on Porta Glacier Road towards Whittier. It was a beautiful drive with views of the glaciated Kenai Mountains.

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We arrived at the Williwaw NFS Campground a few miles outside of Whittier. This is a great campground below the Middle Glacier, with a beautiful waterfall and river. The sites were nicely spaced and the campground was quiet.

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As I walked around the campground I got this cute picture of the squirrel happily eating someone’s leftover bread, and the beautiful fireweed growing along the river.

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The next morning we left for Whittier. The most interesting part of that trip was the 2 ½ mile tunnel you had to go through to get to Whittier. It is called the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and it opened to highway traffic in 2000. It was the first time both automobile and trains traveled through the tunnel. It is the longest highway tunnel and the longest combined rail-highway use tunnel in North America.

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The town of Whittier was very interesting. There was water (the Prince William Sound), lots of boats and a few ferries. Very few stores, but lots of seafood handling facilities. We didn’t stay, just drove through.

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 We were glad we headed there early (8:30) because we went through the tunnel both going into and out of Whittier with no stoppage or delay. That wasn’t the case for later, as you can see by the line up waiting to go into Whittier. The literature said you could have to wait up to 15 minutes.

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We drove through Soldotna and Kenai on our way to the end of the Kenai Peninsula and a campground called Discovery Campground – Captain Cook State Recreation Area. There are a few mosquitos here, but the view makes up for it. We are right on a cliff overlooking the Cook Inlet. We were only going to stay one day, but decided to stay another since it is so nice.

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The shore line here is so strange. Every 6 hours the water goes in and then comes back. When it receeds the beach is so big, but dangerous to walk on because the mud is like quicksand. You can see by the pictures.

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We had a great treat this morning while sitting around the fire.

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Next stop – Homer, Alaska

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