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    • Day24

      Talkeetna

      August 25 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Um uns etwas die Beine zu vertretten, hielten wir in diesem herzigen Dorf. Obwohl es sehr touristisch ist, gefällt uns der Charm den es hat. Wir schlenderten etwas durch die Strassen und am Fluss entlang, bevor wir uns wieder auf den Weg machten.Read more

    • Day12

      ANCHORAGE TO TALKEETNA

      June 5, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      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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    • Day36

      Train Anchorage to Talkeetna

      August 31, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      We had to be at the station an hour before the departure of 8.15 so it was another early start to the day. No breakfast for us! We had been offered a brekkie box to take with us but the crew are busy of a morning making breakfasts for the other guests so we declined.
      A beautiful sky this morning. All augers well for the journey.
      It was a good journey. There is commentary along the way explaining points of interest and giving facts and other interesting information. The young girl giving most of the commentary was a hoot. Her moose call, “here moosie, moosie”, will stay with me forever, I think. She had the entire train laughing.
      It was raining when we arrived in Talkeetna and Sarah came down to the station to give us a lift.
      Talkeetna looks to be a quaint country town, quaint and small. The Main Street is tarred and the others are dirt, or mud as the case is at the moment as they got a bit of rain today.
      Our Airbnb is called Window Tree Walk Up and it is the upstairs section of the Dragonfly Guest Cottage. Cute! And cute it is. This will do just fine for a few days.
      A quick walk down to Nagley’s,the local grocery, and we realised that we wouldn’t be doing the meals ourselves in this Airbnb. The small range of foods was definitely catering for the carnivore with lots of frozen meats and very little else on offer. Apparently the locals do their shop in another community a bit of a drive from here. So .... creative thinking is in order. The Roadhouse is a bakery and has some options for breakfast that we can eat at home. It also has a small selection of vegetarian meals and we cam scout out the other options in town. There aren’t many mind, it’s a small town but they do attract tourists during the day so there are options to explore.
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    • Day37

      Wandering in the rain

      September 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Rainy day in downtown Talkeetna. When planning the journey I chose for us to stay here because it is a tiny country town surrounded by lots of forest and river walks. On a clear day down by the convergence of the three rivers, the Susitna, the Chulitna and the Talkeetna you can purportedly get a beautiful view of Mount Denali.Today it’s been rainy on and off all day and very muddy under foot once you are out of the main stretch of town. What to do? You can’t choose the weather! Get out there and walk in it like a true Alaskan! No gumboots- a true Alaskan wears gumboots, everywhere! They are wet weather gear, formal attire, the go getting boot and too cool for school!
      Down by the rivers the scenery is beautiful, as everywhere you look in alaska, but the mountains are shrouded in mist and rain. The base of Denali looks amazing!
      We visited the local museum housed in the original school house and wandered. The old log cabins are cool.
      In the afternoon on Fridays the locals stage a concert, Live at Five. Sarah’s brother is in the band. We were enjoying it till the rain came down and it was time to call it a night.
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    • Day38

      Talkeetna Day 2

      September 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      What a difference a day makes. It wasn’t sunny all day and the mud is still there but it didn’t rain and we got out and walked. Not too far off the beaten track mind due to the amount of mud but out and about enjoying the sun. Around town first taking photos of the town, along the river at the end of Main Street hoping to glimpse Denali (nope, still shrouded in cloud), over the bridge and along the another river on the other side.
      Before venturing over the rail bridge in the afternoon we ate at the Denali Brewing Company, sat in the sun and enjoyed the ambiance.
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    • Day6

      Talkeenta

      June 17, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      This place has a population of approx 700. Lunch in a teepee at tourist airport followed by a 2hr stop here. The Sustina river in full flow today.

    • Day26

      All Aboard!

      June 10, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      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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    • Day25

      On the road again

      June 9, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      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

    • Day3

      Talkeetna

      May 31 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

      Today we became members of the 30% Club!! Denali was out in all her glory. It was a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky. We ate lunch at Mountain High Pizza Pie, and I had my annual gluten-free pizza (reindeer sausage with peppers)! We all had pizza except Rick, who had a calzone. The food was fantastic! We stopped in a few gift shops and got ice cream bars from Nagley’s. Lastly, we visited the Riverfront Park. There was a small pop-up store under a tent near the park, and Rick was able to find a hand-forged custom knife from a local craftsman. It was a beautiful (HOT) day!Read more

    • Day8

      Glacier

      June 14, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Best. 2 hours. Of. My. Life. We had a snowball fight on a glacier. Enough said.

      Shelly Lyons

      Spectacular!

      6/15/17Reply
      Joan Lurie

      Great pictures...

      6/15/17Reply
      Katherine Lyons

      That was fun, Daddy. Love, Madeline

      6/30/17Reply
       

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Talkeetna, تالکیتنا، آلاسکا, TKA, तालकीत्ना, 99676, Талкитна

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