We left Fairbanks after an amazing stop at Gold Daughters, where we panned for gold for a few hours. This place is owned by two local women and is a total blast, we all found some gold and had a great time outside panning in the troughs. If you’re in Fairbanks, it’s worth checking out (and only $20!!).
En route to Denali, we stop at the little town of Nenana. This is the place of Stephen King’s dreams. We wandering around the town only after being strong armed into buying tickets for the Ice Classic, where you bid on the exact moment a pile of painted sticks break the ice and fall into the rivers. This place was interesting, nonetheless.
We checked into our latest accommodations, the Denali Dome Home B&B. I knew I was going to love this place once we were greeted by two adorable dogs. This B&B is amazing and is set on gorgeous land. The common areas are spacious and the innkeepers know Denali like the back of their hand. Plus, our room has it’s own sauna!! Which I will enjoy the second I finish typing this….
For dinner and more beer, we headed to 49th State yet again, but this location has the Into the Wild bus from the film!! We had a most excellent (and silly) photo shoot before a delicious meal. We then stopped by the Denali visitor center to pick up our tickets and get ready for tomorrow’s big day, as we are hiking in Denali!!
So excited. Must sauna and sleep now.
“The trip was to be an odyssey in the fullest sense of the word, an epic journey that would change everything.”
― Jon Krakauer,