My Location

A relatively lazy day. After a late brunch and searching out various stores for provisions, I slowly made my way north toward Denali National Park taking the Old Glenn Highway in a couple of places and rejoining the George Parks Highway further on. I reached the turnoff for Talkeetna and decided to check out the campground there. Talkeetna is where many of those wishing to attempt a summit of Denali begin their trip. They can fly from here directly to base camp at 7200ft. You can also take a tourist flight to view the mountain and even land on a glacier. Talkeetna itself is a rustic village but unfortunately the campground looked more like a local garbage site today. There was litter everywhere. Apart from the National Parks it is amazing just how much litter there is in both established campgrounds and National Forest areas. You might be in the middle of nowhere but evidence of humans is still abundant. In fact, while I’m on the subject, driving along the Alaska Highway I don’t think I ever traveled more than a few hundred yards without seeing a plastic bag floating about. I decided to stop for dinner here and find somewhere else to stay afterward. Cafe Michele in Talkeetna is a must visit – a culinary oasis might be an overstatement but the food was truly excellent. Having had the opportunity to see their website since I now see that it is very well known! (Also impressive that they secured the domain name ‘cafemichele’ here in Alaska!) It is certainly worth making the detour to Talkeetna if you visit Denali just for Cafe Michele. After dinner I traveled back to the George Parks Highway and continued north. By around 10.00PM I hadn’t spotted anywhere to camp so pulled over at a log cabin inn at Byers Lake where they had one cabin left. I suppose that is the good thing about this time of year – the season is still early and if you see somewhere to stop there is a good chance they have room for you.