I’m sure many of you are getting bored to tears with all my posts and photos so I will condense our three nights in Palmer into one post.
Day 60: Sunday, July 14, 2013. Talkeetna to Palmer, Alaska. Big Bear RV park, Site 56. 145 miles traveled. We are actually closer to Wasilla but the RV park has a Palmer address.
After all the excitement and fun we had in Talkeetna we hated to leave but there is still more of Alaska to see. The drive was uneventful except for seeing a moose cow and her calf cross the road in front of us.
Our first order of business after getting set up was to go to Walmart a mile down the road to get some much needed supplies. When we got back we met some fellow Titanium owners from Missouri who were parked in our row.
Day 61: Monday, July 15, 2013
Our plan for a drive on Hatcher Pass Road was shortened by fog but we enjoyed our drive as far as the Independence Mine
Henry and Blondie at the Little Susitna River
Wildflowers by the river
It was foggy all day
Marmot on top of one of the old buildings
Independence Mine State Historical Site
Old Mine Train
Henry and Blondie exploring the Independence Mine in Alaska
Day 62: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
A trip to the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska and then a shopping trip to Fred Meyer for our final grocery shopping before heading to the Kenai Peninsula.
At the Iditarod Trail Headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska
Our day started with a visit to the Denali National Park Kennels for a sled dog demonstration. This is a very popular activity at the park. Demonstrations are given three times a day with shuttle buses leaving from the Visitor’s Center to take visitors to the kennel. When we arrived we had plenty of time to meet the dogs in their homes. Some were anxious to meet people and be petted while others just snoozed or ignored all the people.
These dogs are larger than the Iditarod dogs we saw in Fairbanks. The Iditarod dogs are like the thoroughbred of Alaskan Huskies and bred for racing.
Annie was the first dog we visited
Lukor liked it on top of his house
Pyro liked being petted
Opus with one of the trainers
Nuna liked to dig. She got all the way under her house while we watched
Puppy nap time
Henry and Sylvie
Five dogs were hitched to a sled to demonstrate how they run.
Hitched up and ready to run
Ready for a command
Beth takes a turn at mushing
After the demonstration we drove to the Mountain Vista trail head for short hike. The area where we hiked was the Savage River Camp back in the early 1900’s. Guests stayed in large white tents and dined in a large dining tent with linen tablecloths.
Mountain Vista Trail
Henry with a young Sitka Spruce
The wildflowers were in full bloom
We walked down to the Savage River to find the wildflowers blooming along the bank
Even though we saw no wildlife we enjoyed the day.
We will be out of cell phone and internet range for the next few days when we enter Teklanika River Camp in the Wilderness area of Denali National Park and Preserve.