Left Matanuska for a night in Talkeetna. The town claims to be the inspiration for the TV show Northern Exposure. It's a tiny but busy town where climbers gather to prepare their ascent of Denali. Stayed at the Talkeetna Roadhouse, an establishment that's been around since the early 1900s. Our bunk room opened directly into a dining area - not 4 feet from the table. No way to hide morning bedhead and breath! Oh well, Alaska is nothing if not laid back! Once again, no escaping Ohio. The girl who checked us in has a boyfriend from Milford and knows people from Blue Ash!
Made it to Denali late afternoon. Staying at the Mountain Morning Hostel in the Coffee Grinder.
Outside our hostel is a beautiful creek with lots of rapids and a great view of a mountain.
Briefly visited the park - saw a moose! Back to the hostel to cook spaghetti and canned soup. Met some great people from Germany and Australia. The family from Australia plans to be in Barrow when we are. They're going to take the polar bear plunge in the buff! Hope not to be around to see that!