Wednesday, July 12
Today started with a big relief. After making reservations six months ago for four nights in the restricted interior of the park, we had received an email, two days before we arrived, stating that rigs over 40’ were not allowed in the campground! At 45’ feet, total truck and trailer, that meant US! We started the morning with a trip to headquarters and a talk with Cinnamon at the Superintendent’s office, who said they were aware of that little problem, the way it was being interpreted, and they were in the process of correcting it. We were fine with a trailer of 23’.
Feeling greatly reassured, we headed on down the road to the Savage River area with the intent to do the loop trail. The wonderful trail follows the Savage River at an easy, gentle, pace for about a mile – crosses over the river and comes back down the other side. What we were totally not prepared for – was the amount and variety of wildflowers!
As we finished the hike and were marveling to a Ranger about the wildflowers, she told us to download the app DENALIFLORA, which was written by one of the locals, to help with flower identification.
This hike wasn't just about the wildflowers, though -- the river, tundra, rocky outcrops and mountains offered lots of opportunity stop and take pictures.
We were also entertained by Alaskan ground squirrels who ran and played up and down the trail. They were very friendly . . . sometimes a little too friendly.
And, I forgot to say that the morning started out again with a moose welcoming committee -- this time a mom and her two babies!
It's been a busy morning, and we are ready to head out after lunch. I am going to post this now, because starting tomorrow there will be no service of any kind. . . take a break but be sure to come back in a few days!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown