Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Couple of Stops on the Way to Anchorage

On the 7th, we left the Denali National Park area and went a short drive down to the Denali State Park. In Mike and Terri Church's Alaskan Camping book, which I use along with RV Reviews to pick out spots to stay, they mentioned that Byers Lake, in Denali State Park, was one of their favorite state parks. We agree. It is very wooded and all the sites were very private. Even on Saturday when we arrived and there were more people, it was very quite. By Sunday, when the Alaskan weekenders were gone, we were almost the only ones there. The sun came out for a little while when we got there. I don't always mention the weather but we continue to have mostly cloudy and lots of rain. We do miss our California sunshine sometimes. Of course, rain and cooler weather are the reasons for it being so green and lush and we love that.

They have some nice trails around the lake and we had a nice walk. They had bear warnings but fortunately we didn't run into any. We are hoping to see some bears in Alaska but would rather see them from the safety of our car or on a bus or boat tour not on a trail.








Another lovely campground that we could easily have stayed for a longer period of time.

On Monday, the 9th, we were on the road again for another short drive. The sun was out and was only partly cloudy and so we stopped at the Denali View South which is known to have fantastic views of Denali when it is out. Well, it still had a lot of clouds but we had a pretty good view of the 20,320 foot mountain, which is the highest peak in the northern hemisphere. This is about a hundred miles away from the mountain and so you can image what it looks like from up close.



Happy with our sighting, we continued on stopping at another lovely state campground, South Rolly Campground in the Nancy Lakes Recreation Area. The sites not occupied on the water were too small for us but we picked a nice spot in the trees with a large opening in front of us and a small view of the water. There are a number of interconnected lakes and great canoe trails. Unfortunately, it rained the few days we were there and we didn't get to try them out.






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