Tschumper's Alaskan Journey 2007 travel blog







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Talkeetna, 113 miles N of Anchorage on a spur road off the Parks Hwy is known as "A small drinking village with a climbing problem". Climbers from all over the world come to Talkeetna in the spring to climb 20,320 ft Mt McKinley. Flight services ferry the climbers to various base camps. Three weeks earlier the town was packed with would be climbers. Now is full of tourists but still there are lots of locals who are more than willing to talk about there town's history as a trading post, gold rush town, and a major construction town when the railroad was built. They also talk of the mountain, AK and lots of BS. There is lots of local color here. There are several bush pilots who fly tours of the mountain, fishing guides and jet boat tours up the river.

We took a 5 hr., 135 mile jet boat trip

up the Susitna River. This included several areas of rapids

that I was not expecting, surprise surprise.

(9 Secs 2.4 Meg) We saw several fishing boats. The King Salmon

are just coming up the river. We didn't see as much wildlife as we expected but did see eagles. The scenery was beautiful with lots of wildflowers and ferns along the banks. We stopped at an old trappers sod roofed cabin.

We also spent some time at an Indian village. A huge abandoned beaver dam,

in what was once a lake area, was not far from shore. At the end of the day we found the best ice cream in town.

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