Northwest bound travel blog

The way 70% of visitors see Mt. McKinley

The way we saw Mt. McKinley

The whole range - wow

Pride of Trapper Creek, AK

Picture does not do it justice

Good advertising

How does he ever do inventory?

Another oddity along the way

Actual starting point of the Iditarod

Anchorage, AK We seem to have a knack for finding the most interesting places. Wal*Mike’s in tiny little Trapper Creek is one of those places. Wal*Mike’s has one of everything, I'm sure of it. Although there is so much stuff that there is no way anyone can see it all. Mike, however, knows what he has and where everything is. He is a super friendly guy and he has a very steady business. We also stopped in Wasilla, well known as the headquarters of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Iditarod, a famous 1100-mile dogsled race to Nome, begins in Anchorage - but only for the sake of appearances. At the end of a short run in Anchorage, the teams wave goodbye to the cameras, pack up their dogs and sleds, and drive to snowier country up north for the 'restart.' Wasilla serves as the second official starting point for the race, though the lack of snow often pushes the restart north to Willow. We are now back in Anchorage where prices are high (fish and chips is $15 to $26, a 99¢ item at Arby’s is $1.90), but gas is only $3.89 instead of the $4.71 we paid in Denali. After becoming adjusted to temperatures in the upper 40’s to lower 60’s, it is a shock to come back to a high of 68 in Anchorage. It is sweltering. What are we going to think when we return home?

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