Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It's Monday and we are on our way to Fairbanks. 1st stop is Talkeetna. It is a small town about 100 miles or so from Anchorage at the base of Mt. McKinnley. Bush pilots fly groups up on the mountain. There was a rescue going on while we were there. Some snow machine rider got lost and seperated from his group. They found the snow machine but nothing of the rider yet.
I read a great book about a bush pilot from Talkeetna. If you interested the title is "Wager the Wind".
Next stop is Denali Park. Just our luck -- snow and the park closed! We couldn't even see the mountain.
Next stop the tripod. It's Alaska's form of gambling. People guess the hour and minutes the river will thaw. When it thaws, the tripod moves and pulls out a key that stops the time. The winner can get up to 50,000 dollars!