Thursday, July 13,
As explained before, cars and trailers are allowed access into Denali park for only about 30 miles. After that, you can tow your trailer another 12 miles into the interior and set up in a campground (if you have a reservation), and then use the bus system to get around.
This was our goal this morning, and we left Riley Creek campground at 10:00 and drove to “Check-Point-Denali” where we had to show our reservations and permit to enter. Then, it was a short drive of 12 miles on a well-graded dirt/gravel road to reach Tetlanika River campground.
Two buses entered the check-point ahead of us, and then we were welcomed and questioned abut our destination, and warned that there was no food or water in the backwoods. CHECK! Then we were turned loose on the dirt road -- which scored a 10 as far as dirt roads go!
Along the way, we passed a bus-stop with a bathroom – it was evident from the line-up that it was a very popular stop this morning! We also stopped for pictures of several Ptarmigan with young . . . covey – brood – clutch – litter?
The campground had big private sites with lots of tree cover between, but it came as a surprise to us that there were no maintained hiking trails in the area! This called for Tom and Charlie to forage around cross-country-style and follow along the river and through the undergrowth. I keep my walks with them to the campground loop roads. For the rest of the afternoon we sat and read, and made plans for tomorrow’s venture deep into the park by bus!
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