Our excitement was building as we headed on to Denali. On our drive here we drove through some funky places – classic Alaska. One was an old hotel that was built in the shape of an Igloo, Igloo City, that has now been abandoned. Its parking lot seems to have been taking over by RVers.
Alaska Day driving day 8 recap:
Road Name: Denali Highway
Road Type: 2-lane
Road Conditions: Generally excellent but with some construction just south of the national park, we lucked out as we did not have to wait long for the pilot cars, but there can be some longer delays
Miles Today: 144
Driving Time: 3:00
Total Miles in Alaska: 1727
Total Miles since entering Canada: 3721
A little hitchhiker also tried to come on board.
Our initial stay in Denali National Park & Preserve was at the campground nearest the entrance – Riley Campground.
It has been pretty rainy these first few days which we are hoping means that the weather will clear and we will have some sunny days as we enter deeper into the park. We have not yet seen the mountain.
And the rain also gave us a gift: a bright, beautiful double rainbow. We stood in awe in the middle of the road for a long time staring at (and photographing) the rainbows, which seemed to last an eternity. Breathtaking.
Stay tuned for more!