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Saturday July 13, 2013- Denali to Talkeetna to Wasilla/Palmer

Alaska fact- State mineral- gold

We took our time leaving this morning. I did another load of laundry and Bob emptied all our tanks and filled the fresh water tank.

We left the RV park at 10 AM, driving south on Hwy. 3. We passed through Denali and numerous other towns.  We were able to see Mt. McKinley from a lot of different angles.

Denal to Palmer/Wasilla

Mt. McKinley from Hwy 3

An un-named glacier

Above, a glacier. We stopped for lunch at the Alaska Veterans Memorial, below.

Alaska Veterans Memorial

Mt. McKinley from the Veterans Memorial

Above, is Mt. McKinley from the Alaska Veterans Memorial.

We stopped at the Denali State Park overlook.

Mt. McKinley from the Denali State Park overlook

Here are three glaciers.

Glaciers from the Denali State Park overlook

We continued on, past the Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge, where we stayed in 2005. We had not been on this part of the road before, as we had taken a river tour in Talkeetna in 2005. The tour company delivered us directly to the Lodge.

Talkeetna AK

We drove through the town, but could not find parking. We finally parked the RV in a non-profit parking lot for $10. We walked through town and out to the river.

Talkeetna AK

Talkeetna AK

 

Talkeetna AK

Mt. McKinley from Talkeetna

We walked back through town, looking in the shops. There is now a Denali Brewery, but Bob did not want to try the beer.

Talkeetna AK

We stopped for some homemade ice cream, splitting a cup.

Talkeetna AK

I found a Talkeetna pin. We walked back to the motor home. Our original plan was to boon-dock in Talkeetna, but we did not find anywhere that we would like to stay. So we continued on our way. It was 3:30 and it was an hour and half ride to Palmer/Wasilla.

We continued on Hwy. 3. We turned off onto Main Street in Wasilla. We drove about 1/2 mile, then turned right for 4 miles. We finally made another right turn and drove into the Palmer Elks Lodge, which has a Wasilla address.

Bob went into the Lodge to pay the $15 per night, 30 amp. We are planning to stay 3 nights.  We parked the motor home and ate dinner. Here is the view from the front of the motor home, overlooking Fingers Lake.

View from the motor home at Elks Lodge in Palmer / Wasilla

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