My brother, Dennis, and my sister, Joni, and I flew to Fairbanks on September 6, 2006. We stayed in a cabin in North Pole, AK for 3 days then drove to Denali (stayed at White Moose Lodge overnite-good reasonable rates and wonderful view). Then we took the train to Talkeetna-good food-great ride and scenery. We stayed overnight at Talkeetna Roadhouse-wonderful atmosphere, fanstastic breakfast and quite reasonably priced-more than adequate sleeping accomodations. Talkeetna was little "touristy", but hey, we were tourists.
Back to Denali and on to Wasilla, we stayed at the Grandview Inn for 5 days and had a blast (except for my brother and I getting the stomach virus for a day each). We went to the Wild Berry Farm in Anchorage and spent way too much on chocolates, but after all you only live once. We went to Independence Gold Mine, although they were closed for the season, the ride was beautiful and I picked wild blueberries along the way. In Wasilla, my sister and I went to The Dorothy Page Museum and enjoyed it thoroughly. Plus I checked my email at the Wasilla Library which was a delight. I have been a Library Director for a small town in Texas and it's always a treat to visit other small town libraries.
After checking out of the Grandview Inn, we then went to Aleyeska Ski Resort and took the tram-fabulous view!!
On to Palmer-we ate at a motel downtown that had been recommended (excellent halibut meal). By the end of our meal, it was dark and I drove the winding road to Long Rifle Lodge close to Sutton on Glenn Highway.
We stayed at Long Rifle Lodge with the amazing view of the Matanuska Glacier. This was an experience I will never forget at Long Rifle. Now we are on our way to Copper Center to stay at the Copper Moose B&B owned by Kathleen and CD McCurry.
This B&B is absolutely the best place we stayed. Home cooking and great hospitality. We say the Northern Lights for the first time of our trip from their deck. AWESOME! Joni and Dennis drove to Chitina and then to Valdez, they both said the scenery was even better (hard to believe). finally back to Fairbanks to fly home to Texas.
We took the "back way" thru Paxon and Delta Junction. This road must be some kind of state secret so that the tourist don't sully the scenery. Views of the Denali Range were some of the best we'd had seen in our entire trip. Alaska folks are some of the friendliest I've ever met.
We three siblings are looking forward to another trip next year to see Homer and more of Anchorage. Plus all three of us are considering moving to Alaska. My brother is looking for land around Chitina, my sister wants to move to Homer and I want to move to Anchorage or possibly Homer (depends where I can find a bookkeeping position) Caroline Moses