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Matanuska-Susitna Borough

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18 travelers at this place:

  • Day12


    June 5 in the United States

    We left Anchorage around 9.30 am and set off on our three and a half hour drive to Mount McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, near Talkeetna. The route was mainly on a two lane road and we went through a couple of little towns including Willow and Trappers Creek, again we followed the rail route and spotted a train today. There was a considerable amount of damp meadow land, ideal for moose, and plenty of road signs saying look out for moose but despite all my best efforts I didn't see one, still on my to see list!

    The Lodge is in Denali Park and it is another beautiful and clear day so we have had great views of the mountain including Mount McKinley, also known as Mount Denali, which is the second highest mountain in the USA and the Alaskans claim from base to peak it is bigger than Mount Everest.
    After eating lunch, sat outside with a great view of the mountains, we went on a very interesting and amusing nature walk with a park ranger. She was bought up in Alaska on the army base in Anchorage. She told us how Alaska has a very quick switch from Spring to Summer, it was snowing here just a few weeks ago but now the sun is out and there is daylight for 19 hours everything bursts into life very quickly, for example, she saw no forget me knots (Alaska's state flower) in bloom yesterday but today they are blooming all around the property. A number of the birch trees show signs of where the moose have eaten the bark during the winter when nothing else was available. We can also now recognise moose poo!!! There are plenty of ferns in the forest, lupins, geraniums, elderflowers, alder trees and lichen. After this walk we set off on our own to walk the hill trail, we read the instructions about if we saw a bear we made lots of noise to let him know we were there, if it was a big brown bear and he attacks just curl up and play dead, if a moose's ears go back he is going to charge so go and hide behind a tree!!! Ok we know what to do! We set off on the trail, enjoyed visiting the tree top house and looking at the magnificent views of the mountain range and returned to the lodge with no wildlife encounters. We were told by a member of house keeping she had just seen a moose at block 20 and she showed us a picture, we rushed over there but 'mooseteriously' it had disappeared.

    We had a delicious (and expensive) meal at 20,320 Alaskan Grill which included salmon with blueberry sauce, chocolate s'mores, lemon cake and huckleberry ice cream. We watched photosymphony in the Hudson Theatre which was pictures of the Aurora set to music.
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  • Day14

    Denali National Park - the Wildlife

    August 26, 2017 in the United States

    Here's the wildlife count:-
    10 brown bears (mothers and cubs); 6 Dall's sheep; 1 Moose; 15+ Caribou all migrating west; 4 snowshoe hares; several ptarmigans; 1 Merlin (little falcon); arctic ground squirrels; harrier hawks; magpies; ravens.

  • Day85

    Matanuska Glacier

    August 5, 2015 in the United States

    In Alaska gibt es zahlreiche Gletscher, aber unseres Wissens keinen, den man auch als Laie so einfach besteigen kann. Und sicher keinen, vor dem man mit so einer herrlichen Aussicht campen kann ...

  • Day18

    Moved to Talkeetna Alaska

    May 24 in the United States

    Talkeetna is refered to as a drinking village with a climbing problem , if u wanna climb Denali this is were it all begins . I’m staying at Talkeetna roadhouse were most all of legendary bush pilots have spent time. Now they have joint dispensary can get high before the journey

  • Day18

    Talkeetna airport pics

    May 24 in the United States

    You used to have to walk thirty days to get to mountain to start climb , now theses souped up otters do all the heavy lifting. Couple old snow machines as well,it’s 5:14 and they have closed up gift shops and opened bars , bet it will b rowdy place tonight , I got room at bakery now that I’m old fuddy daddy

  • Day19

    The history of talkeetna

    May 25 in the United States

    A visit to museums, I like bush pilot stuff but tried to give a good overview . Really liked cub with two tires on each side, don Sheldon finding a way, a pic of the place he built on mountain is also interesting, couldn’t imagine waking up in such an awe inspiring place.

  • Day25

    On the road again

    June 9 in the United States

    We left Denali and headed south on the Alaska Route 3 stopping at a campground in Trapper Creek. Along the way we did see moose - and we had 2 brown bears walk across the road in front of us! We were driving through the Denali State Park area. We also saw 2 moose near the side of the road but they moved before we could get a photo. Trapper Creek is halfway between Anchorage and Denali and is known as the southern gateway to Denali State Park. The population is a little over 400.Read more

  • Day26

    All Aboard!

    June 10 in the United States

    Today we visited the town of Talkeetna. Talkeetna comes from the Dena'ina word K'Dalkitnu which means 'river of plenty'. The gold rush brought prospectors to the area as early as 1896 but gold was not found until 1905. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a law enabling a railroad be built from Seward to interior Alaska at Fairbanks. Talkeetna was then turned in to a railroad camp. After the railroad was completed the town was able to survive. Today it relies on tourists and climbers using Talkeetna as base camp for climbing in the Denali area. Year-round population is between 800 - 900, peaking to nearly 5000 during the summer months. Three rivers start at Talkeetna and are glacially fed: Chulitna, Susitna and Talkeetna. The rivers can be anywhere from 6 inches to 30 feet deep.

    While in Talkeetna we took the Alaska Railroad ride, the Hurricane Turn Train. It is a 120 mile round trip train ride. It is America's last flagstop trains as you can flag the train to stop anywhere along its route. The Hurricane Turn Train serves as a lifeline for Alaskans living off the road system in the backcountry wilderness north of Talkeetna. Along the way we stopped at the home of Shannon Cartwright, author of children's books. She has lived off the grid for 46 years (photo3). We also passed through towns that are no longer in existence Curry and Chase. We then passed through Sherman, named after the only family still living there, also off the grid (photo 4). The turnaround point is Hurricane Gulch. The Hurricane Gulch Bridge is a 918 ft long steel arch railroad bridge that crosses Hurricane Gulch, Alaska. It only took 2 months to erect the bridge! It is 296 ft above the Hurricane creek, and is both the longest and tallest bridge on the entire Alaska Railroad (photos 6 & 7). Another stop was at Indian River (photo 8).

    When we got back to the camp site we cooked hot dogs and s'mores over a camp fire. A great way to end a great day!
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  • Day8

    Simple things....

    June 14, 2017 in the United States

    Kids were up with the Sun. Oh wait, the Sun never went down! Here we are skipping rocks on Willow Creek, just north of Anchorage. Headed to Talkeetna today for an 8-person propeller plane flight around Denali, including landing on a glacier!

You might also know this place by the following names:

Matanuska-Susitna Borough, مقاطعة ماتانوسكا سوسيتنا بورو, মাতানুস্কা-সুসটিনা ব্যুরো, Borough de Matanuska–Susitna, Matanuska-Susitna maakond, Arrondissement de Matanuska-Susitna, Matanuska-Susitna, Matanuska-Susitna megye, Մատանուսկա-Սուսիտնա շրջան, Borough di Matanuska-Susitna, マタヌスカ・スシトナ郡, Matanuska-Susitna Kūn, Okręg Matanuska-Susitna, Матануска-Суситна, Матануска-Сусітна, ماتانوسکا-سوسیٹنا برو، الاسکا, Boro han Matanuska-Susitna, 馬塔努斯卡-蘇西特納自治市鎮

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