Part X: Driving South

Today we get to sleep in after getting up early almost every day for the past couple of weeks. We get on the road by noon and leave Denali behind intending to stop for lunch in Talkeetna. Talkeetna is a 876 person village just 13 miles off the parks highway and is a popular place…

Part IX: Dalton Hwy

August 19 I am one of the few people who actually enjoy driving. I am not talking about driving on the streets of New York or in stop and go traffic on I-95. I mean driving on open roads passing through beautiful scenery with no traffic lights and no de facto speed limits. The roads…

Part VIII: Chena River

August 18th Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska after Anchorage. ¬†Only about 2 hours north of Denali, it often takes longer due to the never ending roadwork on the Parks hwy connecting the two cities. As one saying goes, “there are two seasons in Alaska -winter and roadwork.” Because the snow free season…

Part VII: Denali

August 16 Denali, a native name meaning “The High One” is probably the most famous among fifteen National Parks in Alaska, and is one of the few accessible by road. Park is accessible by a well maintained one lane Parks highway stretching from Anchorage to Fairbanks. From the park entrance, a narrow¬†gravel road is travelling…

Part VI: Sterling Hwy

222 miles of Sterling Highway connects the end of the road town of Homer and the largest city in the state Anchorage. While we already made several stops on the way to Homer, we had plenty left for the way back. We make our first stop at the pullout overlooking the Kachemak bay with informative…

Part V: Lake Clark

August 15th Getting up at 6 am is usually not a part of my dream day unless it is already light outside because we are in Alaska and we are about to take a float plane to Lake Clark National Park and preserve, home to coastal brown bears fishing along the shores of park lakes…

Part IV: Homer

August 14th Passing small towns along the West coast of Kenai Peninsula, we gradually make our way down to Homer-the southernmost point on the Sterling Highway. A trip on a state marine highway is required to visit any of the island communities further southwest. Colloquially known as the Halibut Fishing Capital of the world, Homer…