Thursday, June 13, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (33)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (33)

06/13/2019 / No Travel Day – Denali ATV Adventure


Start Location:
Start Time: N/A
Mileage:  53,818.8
Cost Per Night: $60.00 USD
Weather: 45 - 63 F Sunny

We started our day with an exciting Denali ATV Adventure. We were picked up right by our campground – so convenient. They bused us to their Healy Launch Site. There, they provided us with helmets and a Wolverine Side by Side. After a quick safety talk and a minute driving skill test (maneuvering your vehicle across a bumpy straight line), we were off into the Alaskan bush!

We experience a fun drive, splashing through rivers, driving over tree root-rutted trails, and four-wheeling up to some of the area’s most spectacular vistas. Our tour was full and our guides (Rachel, Sam, Marileigh) were fun, conversant and attentive.

Our three-hour trip went by way too quickly – we loved it. However, after the adventure we were starving. We decided to check out 49th State Brewing Company for lunch. Unfortunately, our truck needed a jump. Luckily, our neighbor was just leaving as well, and he help us.

The brewery was a tad expensive for food that was just okay. Their claim to fame is the “Into the Wild” bus (from the movie) parked in the garden. It was fun to explore.

Coincidentally, the couple who gave us the jump were also eating at the brewery and we were able to buy them a beer as thanks for their good Samaritanism.

After refreshing our groceries at the Three Bears Market, we drove back to camp; stopping at several vistas for photos. What an awesome day.

Wildlife Spotted: a couple of rabbits; seagull and other bird; a bald eagle flew right over my head as I was listening to the ATV safety instructions.

Getting Helmeted Up for Our ATV Adventure
Getting Helmeted Up for Our ATV Adventure
Lots of Mud on the ATV Bush Trails
Lots of Mud on the ATV Bush Trails
Side by Side Our Side by Side
Side by Side Our Side by Side
Otto Lake – Named for Otto Maki, a Finnish Homesteader
Otto Lake – Named for Otto Maki, a Finnish Homesteader
Me, Wild Hair and All
Me, Wild Hair and All
The “Into the Wild” Bus at the 49th State Brewing Company
The “Into the Wild” Bus at the 49th State Brewing Company
River Photo from Our Scenic Drive
River Photo from Our Scenic Drive
Love this Photo of Paul Walking the Lush Path to Take Another River Photo
Love this Photo of Paul Walking the Lush Path to Take Another River Photo
The Nenana River is a tributary of the Tanana River (140 Miles Long)
The Nenana River is a tributary of the Tanana River (140 Miles Long)
Denali Star Train Offers Daily Service mid-May to mid-September
Denali Star Train Offers Daily Service mid-May to mid-September

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal

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