Skagway, the first incorporated city of Alaska, was the Gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898.
With it’s rich history, Skagway saw tens of thousands of prospectors seeking fortunes in gold. Now, it’s streets are lined with shopping and historic sites for visitors from all over the world to enjoy.
Driving the South Klondike Highway from Carcross to Skagway, we encountered areas of subalpine landscape that resembles and is often referred to as a “moonscape”. It was quite amazing to see.
Driving on a dirt road sometimes has its problems. The perfect example, a rock wedged in our brake system !
At the end of the day, we managed to find our rainbow.
Fairbanks was a hub for us for 5 days while we explored the area. It’s located in the heart of Alaska’s interior. Golden Heart Park , a visitors center, and a pedestrian bridge crossing the Chena River are all connected by a beautiful riverwalk, located downtown.
Something on our list of things to do while in Alaska was drive to the Arctic Circle for summer solstice. The only road to get there is the Dalton Highway. We had heard stories about the road ; its DIRT… Ohhhh, you need a 4×4 …. take extra tires, you’ll for sure have a blow-out….. you know its dirt, right? Well, let me tell you, it wasn’t any worse then Hall road!!!!!!
The highway was built to help in the construction of the pipeline. What an amazing drive it was!
Chena Hot Springs is 60 miles from Fairbanks. This 100+ year old resort has a natural outdoor hot springs lake. The temperature of the water runs between 104-114 degrees. People from all over the world come here to bathe in the curative powers of the water.
Two other area attractions we managed to see were North Pole, Alaska and Pioneer Park. North Pole is where Santa lives, duh! And Pioneer Park has historic buildings and shops, and is home to the SS Nenana. It’s the largest stern-wheeler ever built west of the Mississippi.
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We are fortunate to be here at the park to help celebrate its 100th anniversary. To actually see the mountain while here is cause enough for celebration. Denali mountain is difficult to see. The park season is about 105 days, and out of those, Denali is visible for about only 60 of them. So, we lucked out!
We hiked Savage Alpine Trail. The views were spectacular. With an elevation gain of 1500′ and over 4 miles long, this trail was challenging. We climbed across rocky ridgetops up to high mountain vistas.
Denali National Park covers about 6.2 million acres. Most visitors only get to see a fraction of the park. We are getting in as many hikes as possible
We’re enjoying our stay so far. Camping at Riley Creek Campground, going to the visitor center, wilderness center, and Murie Science and Learning Center has kept us busy.
We arrived in Denali State Park on Friday, 6/9 and stayed a couple of nights at a brand new campground called K’esugi Ken, translated from the Ahtna people, meaning “south of ancient one”.
It has a beautiful interpretive center and wonderful trails to enjoy. We hiked up a mountain to a beautiful high vista lake called 1787, named for the elevation its located at.
Today we drove 12 short miles to our next stop, Byers Lake Campground, a nice little place tucked in the forest next to the lake. The flowers are starting to show their beauty!
Our next stop, on 6/13, is Denali National Park, 90 miles from here. We will be at that national park for a week. Looking forward to seeing Denali (Mt. McKinley). Hope the weather cooperates!
Much has happened since I last posted, so I’ve got some catching up to do. We left Petersen Lake early due to a wild bunch of crazy people invading our peaceful space. So, we headed to Quartz Creek Campground. What a great place! Lots to do there, including meeting a wonderful group. Their hospitality was refreshing, especially after our previous run in with locals! We had a great time hearing all the different stories around the campfire. What great people!
During our 5 day stay at Quartz Creek, we hiked to Russian Falls along the beautiful Russian River.
The views @ Kenai Lake never get old.
The Kenai Peninsula is very beautiful. We drove thru a tunnel, sharing it with the train, that leads to Whittier, a stunning fishing community that is nestled at the base of mountains that line a fjord.
Portage Lake and the surrounding area is teeming with waterfalls. Hiking along the Trail of Blue Ice gave us views of glaciers.