Talkeetna - not Northern Exposure!

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This cute bulletin board had a small roof covered with flowers.

When we got to Talkeetna we took the shuttle bus into town from the railroad station and spent a couple of hours walking around, eating lunch, and just browsing.  Most of the places to eat were more bar or saloon than restaurant so we picked the one that had the smallest smoking area, least beer, and biggest menu.  Huge hamburgers with a few fries, cole slaw and a Coke.

The best thing in town is their Historical Museum, which cost $2 to get in.  They had lots of old items from the town, quite a bit of old railroad station pieces from the time when they had a depot very close by.

Pretty rustic welcome sign.
  They also had another building with a large collection of items, photos, and history of Mt. McKinley/Denali, including a scale model of the mountain and surrounding area.  Most of the climbing expeditions start here in Talkeetna. 

We never did see anything in town that was anything like what was on the television show, which was a shame.

After lunch we finished our stroll of town and returned to the shuttle bus stop where we waited a few minutes for the bus to take us the one hour ride to the McKinley Princess Lodge for the evening. 

The Princess Mt. McKinley Lodge is located only 40 miles from Mt. McKinley well away from anything else.

  It was built in 1995 as a summer lodge for tourists.  The lodge is separated from all of the small guest quarters, each of which only has a dozen rooms.  So it is a very big facility and there is a shuttle bus that runs around the whole place just for the visitors.  In the lodge there are several places to eat, a large area with couches and overstuffed chairs and a gigantic fireplace.  Out the back doors is the huge deck that faces Mt McKinley and on a good clear day you can get a wonderful view of the mountain.  They say that only about 20% of the folks that come to Alaska even get a “good clear day”, because the mountain creates its own clouds around it almost every day.  We were very lucky!  We ate dinner at the Grizzly Bar, one of the smaller restaurants, because we were just too tired to eat much.  The super waitress must have known how tired we were because she didn’t even charge us for the coffee we had. And she refused to add it to our bill when we pointed it out, so we just added that much more to her tip.  I think the entire place was closing down for the winter about noon tomorrow, so she was on her last shift.  Then back to our room for the night and to bed and sleep very early.

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This cute bulletin board had a sma…
This cute bulletin board had a sm…
Pretty rustic welcome sign.
Pretty rustic welcome sign.
The Historic Museum
The Historic Museum
I learned to sew on one of those!
…
I learned to sew on one of those!…
Old ice skates
Old ice skates
The bling of the day.
The bling of the day.
Ever seen an antler chair?
Ever seen an antler chair?
A model of the Mt McKinley area
A model of the Mt McKinley area
How climbers looked in the old day…
How climbers looked in the old da…
How climbers look today.
How climbers look today.
Porta Potty
Porta Potty
Keeping the mountain clean.  I won…
Keeping the mountain clean. I wo…
A fabric store in Talkeetna.  You …
A fabric store in Talkeetna. You…
Some of the things they had on dis…
Some of the things they had on di…
They even have an RV campground.
They even have an RV campground.
And Roger had to look through the …
And Roger had to look through the…
The only building (home) we saw wi…
The only building (home) we saw w…
Big town, lots of traffic!
Big town, lots of traffic!
Dry goods store.. at least until i…
Dry goods store.. at least until …
The Mostly Moose gift shop. Small …
The Mostly Moose gift shop. Small…
The place we decided to eat. Named…
The place we decided to eat. Name…
The old hotel
The old hotel
They offered flights over the regi…
They offered flights over the reg…
An hour from Talkeetna we crossed …
An hour from Talkeetna we crossed…
The bridge we had just crossed.
The bridge we had just crossed.
The river again.
The river again.
This sign showed the winter look.
This sign showed the winter look.
This is how we saw it.
This is how we saw it.
They had a slide show of a few sho…
They had a slide show of a few sh…
Mt McKinley in all its glory.
Mt McKinley in all its glory.
At the end of the day today its st…
At the end of the day today its s…
We liked the antler door pulls
We liked the antler door pulls
The large fireplace in the main Lo…
The large fireplace in the main L…
The opposite side.
The opposite side.
On the deck facing Mt McKinley
On the deck facing Mt McKinley
Zoomed slightly.
Zoomed slightly.
The picture sign on the deck
The picture sign on the deck
The mountains west of Mt McKinley
The mountains west of Mt McKinley
McKinley
McKinley
Another zoomed shot
Another zoomed shot
Zoomed close.
Zoomed close.
A grandfather clock inside.
A grandfather clock inside.
I thought I saw a bear down at the…
I thought I saw a bear down at th…
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photo by: schochon