Monday, July 10
Whatever they call it -- we are on our way!
The drive was 200 miles today, and we left Anchorage at 9:00 and arrived at Denali at 1:00. Our first glimpse of Denali was about 10:00, followed by lunch at a rest area with a viewing point that gave us some reference maps and pictures in the way of orientation. As we are led to understand -- we are extremely lucky to be able to see the mountain with clouds not covering the top.
We passed by the park entrance and drove another 5 miles down to our Denali Rainbow RV Park – set up – and headed off to meet Gail and Dave at their campsite at Riley Creek just inside the park.
Their campsite was a nice place to sit out and catch up on our divergent trips through Alaska during the past 3 weeks. We walked to the campground office and registered – we would be coming to Riley ourselves tomorrow! We held a little happy-hour celebration with drinks and snacks before heading into out to eat.
We drove back in to our campground with Dave and Gail following, and parked at our site and walked to the little strip of stores in front of our campground. After a little shopping, we walked down the street to a restaurant and relaxed into grinders, pizza, elk meatball sandwiches . . . .
It was fun to share stores of “we did this” and “we did that” – and to compare plans for the next 3 weeks. Nobody likes to think about it, but we are on the down-side of the trip, and soon it will be time to head for home. Only after we split up did I remember that I had not gotten any pictures of the four of us!
Before the evening was over we were welcomed to Denali by the wildlife – the official welcome-mother-moose and her little knobby-knee baby. It is good to be in Denali again . . .I was here about 57 years ago – when it was Mt. McKinely!
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