The skies around MT McKinley remained nearly clear as we got our first morning look at the mountain. There were a few interesting cloud patterns that I was able to catch before they disappeared in the bright sunshine. The natural beauty of Alaska is compelling and the advent of the digital camera has allowed me to go a bit crazy. I have taken just over 4000 pictures and videos of the entire trip and now must sort through all of those.
Today is also a travel day as we first head to the town of Talkeetna. This town is mostly in the tourist/adventure business. With less than 900 permanent residents, it is small and informal. It is primarily known as the jumping off place for mountain climbers hoping to reach the summit of Mt McKinley. It has several campgrounds and a depot for the Alaskan Railroad along with a number of Air Charter groups for flights into Denali NP.
One of the things I found interesting is the generally accepted fact that the town was the model for the TV show "Northern Exposure". I enjoyed that show but I did not see any physical similarity to this town. The TV show was actually filmed in Roslyn, Washington. We had breakfast at the Roadhouse, which has lodging, bakery and cafe. Finishing the Alaskan size breakfast was a challenge we were happy to meet. The lodge portion has small rooms for climbers to sleep while they make their preparations.