Learning more about Denali National Park

Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
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Trip End Sep 24, 2010


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Where I stayed
Riley Creek Campground

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Monday, August 2, 2010

   After breakfast we hiked over to the Denali Visitor Center on the maze of trails that are in the entrance area. We're guessing it was about 1.5 miles from the campground. The Visitor Center was new in the last 5 years and it is phenomenal. We spent a couple hours looking at the displays and watching the movie. We also decided on a couple hikes that we wanted to take in the next couple days. We also looked through the book store and I got a 2011 calendar and some postcards. I started several years back getting calendars of some of our favorite vacations so I can be reminded of it the entire next year.
   We came back to the camper for lunch and then decided we'd walk to the shops along the highway outside the entrance. We needed milk and a few other things. We didn't have our trail map with us but thought we knew where we were going. Well, after quite a distance that got us almost to the train station, we realized we had gone the wrong way and didn't have time to go all the way back and get into town. So instead we ended up walking back to the camper and driving in....oh well, we tried!
   We've been eating pretty well with not too much effort. I made chili topped baked potatoes for supper with grated cheese and sour cream. I leave all the spices out of Wayne's and just add it to mine on my plate. A salad with the fresh garden lettuce I got on Saturday at the farmer's market went well with it.
   After we ate we walked back over to the Murie Learning Center just past the Visitor Center for a program that we saw on a poster at the book store this morning. Dayton Duncan that did the PBS National Park Series with Ken Burns last year was speaking! I hadn't seen the entire series but did catch a couple episodes and heard lots about it. He spoke for quite a long time, showed some excerpts from the films, concluded with some additional comments and took questions. We had gotten there early thinking it was going to be popular and it was. We got seats but many people ended up standing. The series was not concentrated on the attractions of the National Parks but the purpose they serve in America and the philosophy behind having them. It was very insightful and made me love National Parks more than I already do.
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