100 Days of Denali: Day 78, 79, & 80

This was a special three days in Denali.  Josh’s parents, Patty and Steve were in town to see us.  I was excited that they wanted to be a part of the 100 Days of Denali Journey I was on.  We brought the RV again because we had not had significant snow and we’re able to…

100 Days of Denali: Day 76 & 77

The park is open but the buses have officially stopped.  We could drive as far in as mile 30 if the snow didn’t close the road.  We were lucky and the road was still open to mile 30.  We appreciated having the opportunity to drive our personal vehicle out to Teklanika.  We were excited it…

100 Days of Denali: Day 72, 73, 74, & 75

It was officially here… the Denali National Park Road Lottery!  I was lucky enough to have a super awesome friend, Beth (THANK YOU BETH!) pull the road lottery and sign it over to another friend, Jamie, who I got to go with!  Jamie let me go with her three years ago when her name got…

100 Days of Denali: Day 70 &71

We were pretty exhausted after biking the 5 consecutive days out of the park.  I had to be home for work that Friday but the original plan was to head back to the park Friday night.  Josh had work and I was just really not wanting to drive down alone when Josh could come and…

100 Days of Denali: Day 65, 66, 67, 68, & 69

Here it is.  The epic tale of 92.5 miles, one dirt road, two bikes, two people who bike sometimes, and lots and lots of gear.  As previously stated in the last blog, we were a strew that morning of Day 65.  We barely made the bus to get us to Kantishna.  We needed the help…

100 Days of Denali 62, 63, 64, and Morning of 65

I packed up the car for the beginning of one of the longest, exciting, yet tiring trip to Denali of the year!  I left for the park before Josh to hopefully get to see some moose before the night came.  Somehow I hurt my wrist, so driving down was not fun!  I still have no…

100 Days of Denali: Day 59, 60, & 61

Another weekend, another trip to Denali National Park!  We drove down after Josh’s work on Friday, so we didn’t reach the park until 10pm!  Darkness is coming and we barely made it in with enough light for some photos.  When we got to mile 3, headquarters, we were stopped due to construction. We waited 15…

100 Days of Denali: Day 55, 56, 57, & 58

My best friend from the age of 4 came for the first time to Alaska to visit!  She lives in New York City, which is pretty much as far away as you can get!  I was in her wedding last November but I hadn’t seen her since.  She got in around midnight and I was…

100 Days of Denali: Day 53 & 54

I headed down on a Friday and was in complete awe on the new colors in the park.  Fall was coming!  I was going down to Healy for the 49 State Brewery Augtoberfest (not to be confused with the popular Oktoberfest).  That Friday was a relatively short evening in the park before this event.  I…

100 Days of Denali: Day 49, 50, 51, & 52

It was a super long drive from Homer to Denali National Park.  I could have possibly gotten into Denali early enough for a quick adventure and stay on track for my days but I was delayed.  I was delayed at the South Denali View pullout off the Parks highway watching an epic sunset over Denali!…

McNeil River Sanctuary: Bear with me!

I have to admit I was pretty anxious about this trip.  I love bears and adventure, but traveling 8 nights/9 days in the wilderness alone was pushing my comfort zone!  I knew I actually wouldn’t be alone alone, there would be others I would be exploring McNeil with, but I wouldn’t know anyone.  My family…

100 Days of Denali: Day 48

I had one day of rest between my trip to see family in Wisconsin and the beginning of my next trip!  It was a blast spending time with family at my Grandma’s lake house!  We danced in the sunset, road boats in the daylight, and then played cards in the night!  The only negative was…