Sunday, July 03, 2005

People are Amazing

We decided to head towards Denali National Park today. We stopped at a small town called Nenana. The sun was shining and we had lots of time so we decided to walk around town. The town is at the junction of the Tanana River and the Nenana River and is known for the barges that traverse up and down the river. During our walk we came across a barbeque celebrating the 4th of July and the fact that hostesses parents had come to town for a visit. The hostess came up to us and invited us to get in line and have some food — do you think we were staring too hungrily at the food. Incredibly nice people. A fellow we met in Fairbanks told us about a wayside campground on the way to Denali National Park. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find the campground and ended up 8 miles north of Denali National Park at the Denali RV Park & Motel. I noticed that the park map indicated a trail so Zaph and I decided to try it out for our evening walk.. The trail took us up the mountain behind the park where we had a fabulous view and a chat with a squirrel (he wasn’t very happy with us). When I got back to the trailer, Colin and Margaret were putting on their hiking boots ready to make the trek (they had seen Zaph and I up the mountain) — the sun was shining so the picture taking would be good (it was raining when we arrived at the RV park). So all of us headed up the mountain trail. Colin and Ed got some pictures of a ground squirrel and some great scenery shots. As we were enjoying the scenery Colin noticed a message on his camera — No CF card. He didn’t have a memory card in his camera so all the pictures he took today were bits and bytes in cyberspace! Colin was not a happy camper. Ed had a spare memory card so Colin was able to take some pictures and did not have to suffer the fate of hiking the mountain again.

the barbeque at Nenana

An artic ground squirrel giving us "Hell" for being in their backyard

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