Out and About in Talkeetna

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Arctic tern

The day started really, really slowly.  We took our time getting started and finally headed out to town after lunch.  We walked around town a bit, as the vendors are starting to set up for the “Moose Dropping Festival” and then went out on the banks of the Talkeetna River for a while.  It can be very peaceful out there and if we are lucky we may get a glimpse of Denali from the beach.  Although the clouds were still really thick this afternoon so Denali was not to be seen.

As we wandered around we came upon the Denali Range Station where those who wish to climb the mountain must register.  They had a short film about climbing Denali and showed a memorial that appeared to be in the local cemetery. 

So we found the cemetery and proceeded to look for the memorial.  The cemetery is not well kept and there are some old graves as well as the memorial.    One of the graves we discovered was of the gentleman who owned the trapper cabin in town. 

There are several memorials for lost climbers.  Some are for individual climbers and a large board with the names of all those lost on Denali and other nearby mountains.  Often time when a climber is lost, his body is never recovered as occurred on the 4th of July this year. 

We treated ourselves to dinner out tonight at West Rib Café and Pub, named for one of the routes climbers can take up the mountain.  After dinner we went back out on the beach and watch the arctic terns flitting around.

Tomorrow is the big Moose Dropping.  By the way, they do not drop a moose.  They drop what the moose drops.  I’m hoping to win $1,500.

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Arctic tern
Arctic tern
Mew Gull
Mew Gull
The Talkeetna Roadhouse
The Talkeetna Roadhouse
Historic building in Talkeetna
Historic building in Talkeetna
Cemetery
Cemetery
Memorial for the climbers of Mt. M…
Memorial for the climbers of Mt. …
Listing of names of those who have…
Listing of names of those who hav…
Memorial stone
Memorial stone
Talkeetna
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