"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Monday, July 2, 2018

Cantwell to Denali

Before leaving Talkeetna, friends wanted to do breakfast at the Roadhouse after listening to us talk about it.  So, after a little arm twisting(not), we agreed to go back again.

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Wanda even had the same seat as Adam, of Travel Channel fame.  She did not try to meet his challenge.

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Another friend sent me an email that she had found the ultimate roadside camp.  A huge gravel area near Cantwell that backed up to a very large Beaver pond and dam.   As we were on our way back North for Denali, we planned a stop there.  Other Casita friends had gotten the same message, so we had a mini rally.  Called it the First Beaver Dam Gathering.

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The beavers were active, and apparently not affected by our presence.

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Up, and over.

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Saturday was a mix of sun and rain.  We spent most of th morning in the Clam.  Some enjoying breakfast more than others.

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While out for a walk, I stumbled upon the most unusual cemetery I’ve ever seen.  I assume the covers are to protect the graves from predators, as the bodies aren’t buried very deep due to the permafrost.  What I found unusual was all the pastel colors.

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Saturday evening we were treated to another wonderful sight.  A double rainbow appeared.

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Not the Northern Lights, but still pretty amazing.

Sunday morning we made our way to Denali National Park, and got checked in.  Moose are on the loose.

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The rain followed us in, making it a dreary day.  Just right for simmering a pot of “red chicken” inside the Clam.  We heaped portions over spaghetti, and along with toasted garlic bread from the griddle, made ourselves miserable.

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  It was a good miserable, though, and the Clam still smells wonderful inside….jc


  1. Wonderful post !!

    What you stumbled across are Spirit Houses. I've been a few times to the Spirit Houses at Eklutna Village just outside of Anchorage.

    Enjoy your visit to Denali. I've taken the shuttle to Eielson several times; always a great ride.

  2. Loved the mama moose and baby photo!

  3. What a magnificent post...double rainbow and camper...reminds me of the Tetons and Ms Casita...and the campsite..Beaver pond and all. Food, Friends, Family and Great Finds...and then to put icing on the trip ...a Momma and her baby Moose...You've won the Mega Lotto of adventures my Friend...Horst sends

  4. What an unusual graveyard. You are seeing so much natural beauty and the double rainbow is a beautiful accent to His creation.


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