August 6, 2013
08/05/2013 68 °F
(On August 2, 2013, I found myself with few sockeye to catch and a nice paycheck from the season. With some time and some money, my deckhand and I decided to trade our maritime social isolation for something more terrestrial: a hiking trip in backcountry Denali National Park. What follows is the journal of this adventure.)
Sarah and I left Kasilof around noon. I stopped in Soldotna at Fred Meyer to buy groceries and at Sportsman's Warehouse to get a fuel canister and bug dope. We left Soldotna for Denali at around 2pm. Google maps says it should take 6.5 hours.
I stopped in Anchorage to confirm my route and get Starbucks. I hit terrible traffic in suburb-like Wassilla. Outside of Wasilla I stopped for fuel. At 7pm I stopped in Talkeetna. Sarah and I decided to camp in Talkeetna and make for Denali tomorrow. We found a private campsite by the Talkeetna River outside of town for $20. Dinner was a few packets of fancy ramen.