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Thursday
found us heading back north again.  Yes, I know it seems like
we may have done a lot of zig-zagging back and forth, but it
was a great way to see stuff we'd missed the first time.  Except 
for moose......we never DID see any in the wild, grrrrrrr.

 

It was back to Wasilla again, and my friend Mark, turned tour-
guide for our trip.  Never mind the fact that I took a wrong turn
and had to end up calling him for directions to his house....like
the song goes, "guys do it all the time !"  Laughing.....

 

By this time, I was getting a bit burned out on swapping all the
cameras back and forth, and I confess I didn't take many 
pictures this day.  The only digital pics I took were at
Petersville Kennels, but they didn't come out that great, and 
I hope to scan those I took with the 35 mm soon.  

 

Petersville Kennels is located 30 miles below the summit of 
Denali, (Mount McKinley), which is the highest peak in North 
America.  
The kennels are owned & run by Fred Agree and Vicki Talbot, 
both veterans of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race - Vicki is no longer 
a "rookie",  having finished on her first attempt just this year.  

 

Forgive me, but I'm going to speak my mind here for a minute.
Remember what they say, "Don't judge a book by it's cover" ?
Well, in this modern age......don't judge people or their abilities
by what you see and conclude from this internet alone.  

 

I had only corresponded briefly with Fred, after finding his 
e-mail address from their web pages that my partner had built.
I impulsively sent an e-mail, wishing Vicki good luck in the 
Iditarod, never expecting to hear back.   Upon receiving a 
reply, thanking me for my wishes, we then corresponded a few
more times over the course of the race.  Most of his answers
to specific questions were short, clipped, and curt.  I thought, 
'well, he's taken it upon himself to be her press secretary, and 
who knows how many people he's having to answer?'  I also
assumed, I guess just based on his name, that he must be an
Alaskan native.  In person, Fred was very talkative, and 
had an excellent sense of humor !
Vicki, I assumed, would be a stoutly built woman, as it must 
take incredible strength to control those dogs and simply last
all those days in such rugged conditions.  After meeting them 
all, I'm pretty sure most of the dogs outweigh Vicki !

 

Boy, was I ever WRONG for making assumptions !

Strength appears in many different forms.......

 

We were lucky to meet Fred, Vicki, and the stars of her 2000
Iditarod team.  We even went for pizza, after meeting the dogs -
man, I NEED to get the name of that place......best pizza & brew
I think I've ever had !
You can read about all of Fred & Vicki's travels & affiliations 
on their web page, and the background is very interesting.
I won't go into details, but let me just say that dynamite most 
certainly does come in smaller sized packages, and it packs a
most powerful punch.  I was very impressed with both Fred 
and Vicki.....and I am very happy we got to meet them.  

 

Denali -- Mount McKinley

Denali

 

After our pizza and beer, it was time to head back to  
Anchorage once again, to rest up and prepare for our final
day in Alaska.

 

 Join us on our journey !

 

By Day By Location
 

Anchorage

Sunday Matanuska Glacier
Monday Portage Glacier
Tuesday Big Game Alaska
Wednesday Whittier
Thursday Prince William Sound
Friday Kenai Peninsula
Trapper Creek

 Moose

Alaska Facts
Denali Chugach Range
Approximate Driving Distances
 
COOL Alaska links
AWARDS

 

Trapper Creek,
the southern gateway to Denali National Park is at the 
intersection of Petersonville Road and the Parks Highway,
13 miles northwest of the community of Willow.  While 
Petersonville Road extends about 40 miles into the wilderness
towards Denali, only the first 14 miles are maintained, and 
there is no winter maintenance.   Miners first built the road 
in the 1920's, and homesteading soon followed.
It is in this beautiful rugged wilderness that Fred and Vicki
condition their dogs & share the joys of dogsledding with 
tourists and friends alike !
 

 

Denali National Park
covers more than 6,000,000 acres and is home to grizzly
bears, Dall Sheep, moose, and North America's highest peak, 
Mount McKinley.  
Talkeetna, Alaska, is the mountaineering headquarters for 
climbers, and is located about 100 miles north of Anchorage.

 

 

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