Mt. McKinley and Northern Alaska
From King Salmon we stopped briefly in Anchorage then flew north to Talkeetna, a town known primarily for its use as a base of operations for climbing expeditions on Mt. McKinley.  This picture was taken as we rode the Ducati outside of town.  We were unable to photograph the mountain from the air because of weather.
Flying through Denali National Park, we then headed north to Manley Hot Springs and camped at the small grass strip airport.  Nearby were the Manley Hot Springs, privately owned and able to be reserved exclusively for an hour for $10.  The springs are indoors in a greenhouse, with three large tubs of natural hot spring water, all differerent temperatures.  After relaxing in the tubs, bathing is done by using buckets of hot water alongside the tubs.
Flying briefly to Bettles and Coldfoot, we are north of the Arctic Circle, before returning southward to Fairbanks, where there is a beautiful airport campground.  This photo is taken at 11:00 P.M. at the airport camping area.
12/14/04
"Darkness" in Fairbanks in mid summer.  You can still almost read outside, and soon it starts getting lighter.
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