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My First Adventure in Alaska
When I first arrived in Alaska I was instantly in awe as I looked out over the most beautiful mountain ranges.
Before my adventure started I spent a day in Anchorage at the Hilton and Crown Plaza. They were both nice accommodations if I had to choose my favorite I would choose the Crown Plaza, it had more options for dining and just looked to be more updated.
One my second day in Anchorage I rented a bike and did a 10 mile ride on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. The trail runs along the Pacific Ocean, it was a nice and relaxing ride. This is also the start if my adventure with John Hall III Tours.
On day three of my trip I rode the Alaskan Rail Train in the First Class Domed Car with amazing views from every angle. There was even an open rail car that you could go out on to get some pictures. We rode the rail from Anchorage to the gates of Denali National Park. The food in the dining car was very good and complementary to persons riding in the first class domed cars. After we arrived in we went ATV'ing with Denali ATV Adventures. This was my first time
ATV'ing and I couldn't have picked a better location. The hills and valleys were spectacular with a 360 degree view of the Alaskan Range.
Dinner this evening was at the world class 229 Parks Restaurant. We were not disappointed the food and conversation was buzzing about the new adventures we were about to partake in. I forgot to tell you that before dinner we stopped at the 49th State Brewing company, where there is a replica of the bus from the book Into The Wild by Chris McCandless. Now I definitely have to read that book its sounds so interesting. By the way this is where we saw our first MOOSE its was running across the street. He or she was huge.
On day four we boarded a couple small vans and started our journey into the back country of Denali National Park. It would take about 10 hours to get there, because much of the roads are windy and very narrow. Plus you make lots of stops for photos and animal sightings. Some of which only one vehicle can pass at time. Yikes, was that challenging for someone that does not like heights, but I made it and it was well worth it. While making our way to The Denali Back Country Lodge we say Dall Sheep, Bears, Moose and even a Wolf. Why is that exciting because right now there are only 40 Wolfs in the entire Denali National Park , keep in mind the park is over 6 million acres and we saw one of the 40 wolfs. Oh but wait I forgot to tell you about see Denali formally known as Mt. McKinley. We actually saw Denali and it was a spectacular sight. Why is this so wonderful, because Denali is so large that people say "it makes its own weather". The mountain is only visible only 20% of the time.
We arrived mid afternoon to the Denali Back Country Lodge where we checked into our cabins. The Lodges are among the woods and their is a beautiful stream along the property. After a bit to eat for a late lunch we are off on a hike along Wonder Lake.
The next day we are off on a flight seeing adventure where we will also be landing on a glacier. This was my first time in a small aircraft and I was quite afraid, but to my surprise and delight it wasn't that bad, it was actually quite beautiful and I'm glad I did it. We did not get to land on the glacier, because the weather had changed, which happens quite frequently in the mountains and we were unable to safely land. We landed at the small landing strip in the town of Telkeetna. We were in luck on the day we were in Telkeetna they were also putting on a Beerfest we enjoyed local beer and wine from the local brewery's.
During my stay in Alaska I was able to ride the Alaskan Railroad, go sea kayaking along the Prince William Sound, ATV'ing, Flight Seeing and I meet some new friends that I'll have forever.