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Short hike at Riley Creek Campground

We spent the afternoon with a short hike near our trailer. We set up camp at the "Bear Loop" of Riley Creek campsite and we needed several layers of cloths against the cold. It was 6 C and very windy today and no rain thankfully.


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Denali Park, Alaska

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Denali Park is six million acres of wild land, about one quarter of Hungary! It is serviced by a single ribbon of road which stretches about 92 miles. Due to the Pretty Rocks Landslide the Denali Park Road is accessible until mile 43 for now and in the summer it is only accessible by buses. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest transform into high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali (formerly McKinley).

We have arrived to the last 3 days before the park closes for the season and we took the bus on the very last day up to mile 43. The scenery is breathtaking and no words nor the pictures below give you any understanding of the unending wilderness you can witness here. You feel out of scale. It is almost frightening to me how big thos land is. Beautiful.


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The Museum of the North, Fairbanks, Alaska

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We have stopped enroute to Denali Park from Delta Junction at this museum after visiting the Vintage Auto Museum.
The museum is located within the Alaska University Campus and we liked the modern building a lot already from the outside.


Our kids enjoyed a lot the informative and interactive nature of the museum and we have learned a lot too.


Their favourite was the microscope where they could pick from a lot of prepared items (bugs, mosquitos, bees and trailmarks of different animals).


We just arrived one hour before closure and it is highly recommended to plann2-3 hours for a more relaxed visit.

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Delta Junction to Denali Park via Fairbanks

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Today was worth three other days in terms of activities. We left in the morning quite early in our term (10:30) and headed from Delta Junction to Fairbanks. On the highway we have noticed the famous Santa Claus House at North Pole (not The North Pole rather a town called North Pole in Alaska). We had to quickly turn back on the road and visit it with the kids, would have been a big mistake missing it.


Here we learned that even Santa has a travel trailer!


We have seen Santa's reindeers too!


Unfortunately Santa was not in his office today, he needs some time off too!


Then we continued to Fairbanks where we had two attractions in mind. The first was the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum which is a fantastic place for petrolheads like myself. It deserves a stand alone post so if you are interested, check it our here.


Then we had lunch in front of the museum while they tried to start up an old car (from 1930) circle-towing it around our trailer. We just finished our meal when they succeeded! Then we shopped and refuelled the car and continued to the Museum of the North, which also deserves a stand alone post. Our kids enjoyed it a lot and it was very informative. It was a pity we only had about an hour before it was closing.


The rest of our drive was an additional 200 kms to the Denali Park where we celebrated our daughter's birthday, the fact that we have reached our most Northern tip of our journey and also being on the road for 3 months (and still enjoying it a lot!) We are grateful that this journey happens to us!

We got lucky at Lake Louise a few days ago and now we are lucky with our timing here too. The Denali Park's campsites close for the winter this Sunday so we can enjoy the last five days of the season. Everything is quiet, almost no tourists and fantastic autumn colors everywhere.

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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska

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We have stopped in Fairbanks enroute to Denali Park from Delta Junction at the antique auto museum and it is a must visit if you are in the area. The whole family was entertained by the collection of vintage automobiles and period fashions complemented by exhibits, photographs and videos. This “living museum”'s collection contains over 95 pre-World War II automobiles. We asked and was told that 77 were on display and all but 3 are operated in the summer!

The earliest car is from 1898 (Hay Motor Vehicle) and the collection ranges up to a 1936 Packard 1408 series dual windshield Phaeton. The expansive collection contains horseless carriages, steamers, electric cars, speedsters, cyclecars, midget racers and 30s classics. A jaw dropping experience! The workshop area is separated by a glass wall so you can see how mechanics work on the vintage cars to keep then alive and working.

The cars are displayed in chronological order and the fashion items and displays are very nicely inserted in between to offer a great overview of the given moment in time. We could easily spend half a day in there and would be happy to return any time!

Enioy this video from the official website:

and my random pictures in this post.




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