Sunday, July 13, 2014

Alaskan Adventures

We set off in four vehicles to look for gold!  Scott led with Jesse and the two dogs,
We did our best to keep up in our vans as the road deteriorated with every mile.  One area reminded all of us of the Oso slide area - where our road was perched on the edge of a mountain with slide material on both sides of the road and about an 85% slope on both sides of us.  Lots of beautiful scenery, waterfalls, and even peeks at Denali when the clouds broke to give us sunshine.
We stopped to pick some of the beautiful wild flowers - these purple iris covered one whole swampy meadow.
Even Scott, the eternal optimist, decided we should stop when passing goldminers told us how the road deteriorated further on...Oh my, we were thinking we might not make it through some of the places we had already gone through!  So we stopped at a wider place in the road, set up our picnic table, and made a picnic lunch.

The boys set up targets, ands we all had a chance to try to hit them, using up all the ammo Scott had brought along.
Sara and Jesse found a large gold nugget for a photo op as we neared the town of Talkeetna on our way back.
A fellow tourist (from New Jersey) took a picture of all of us.  Denali lurks behind us - its top hidden by clouds, but majestic nonetheless!
Final stop - One of the many micro-breweries in Talkeetna, where we had dinner and a brewski.