2015  HIKING, CYCLING,

& RV TRAVEL ADVENTURES

"Denali" AKA Mt. McKinley, Denali National Park, Alaska

 

   
              
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                     St. Mary's, GA  (January 1 to March 20)  
Introduction to Our Website & Tentative Travel Plans for This Year January 12
Snowbirding at Eagle Hammock RV Park, Kings Bay Sub Base:  hiking, cycling, and other activities March 19
Three Florida Day Trips: Tampa RV SuperShow, Rainbow Springs State Park, & Mayport Naval Station March 19
Photos from Three Day Trips to Cumberland Island National Seashore March 19
We Have Hitch-Itch -- Time to Move On!  Camping at Grassy Pond Army Rec. Area on the GA/FL Border (campground run by the military but now open to  the public) March 22
   
                     Pensacola, Florida (March 23 to April 29)  
Camping at the Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area: Hiking, Cycling, Disc Golf, Beach Walks, & More April 25
Scenes from Naval Air Station Pensacola, including Oak Grove CG, Beach & Bay Views, the Lighthouse, & Blue Angel Aerial Team Practices April 26
Our New Favorite Museum: the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola (free and open to the public) April 26
Protecting Pensacola: Photos of Historical Fort Barrancas, Spanish Water Battery,  & the Advanced Redoubt, Part of the Gulf Islands National Seachore April 27
Day Trip to Gulf Breeze & More of the Gulf Islands National Seashore April 28
   

                     Colorado to Montana (May 2 to May 31)                                          

 
The Art of Flexibility: Camping at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs May 24
Hiking and Cycling in Colorado Springs: Photos from the Falcon, New Santa Fe, and Pike's Peak Greenway Trails May 25
More Scenic Hiking & Driving Through Red Rocks at the Garden of the Gods May 26
Sight-Seeing on the Pikes Peak Hwy. and Catamount Reservoirs May 27
Final Staging in Great Falls, MT Before Driving to Alaska:  Camping at Malmstrom AFB & Cycling on the River's Edge Trail Above the Missouri River May 30
Alaska Adventure #2:  Tentative Plans for the Summer May 30
   
                     Canada (May 31 to June 8)  
North to Alaska, Day 1: Beginning of the Eastern Route from Great Falls, MT to Calgary, AB  May 31
Day 2:  Calgary to Whitecourt, AB June 1
Day 3:  Whitecourt, AB to Fort St. John, BC (on the Alaska Hwy. now) June 2
Day 4:  Fort St. John to Fort Nelson, BC June 3
Day 5:  Fort Nelson, BC to Watson Lake, YT June 4
Day 6:  Watson Lake to Whitehorse, YT June 5
Hiking to the Summit of Grey Mountain, Overlooking Whitehorse & the Yukon Valley June 6
Scenes In and Near Whitehorse (includes the downtown riverfront, Whitehorse Rapids Fish Ladder, Miles Canyon, Schwatka and Chadburn Lakes, and Millennium Trail) June 7
   
                     GREAT ALASKA ADVENTURE #2  (June 8 to August 27)  
   
                         Haines, AK area (June 8-16)  
Scenic Day Trip to Skagway, Alaska from Whitehorse, Yukon June 8
Another Very Scenic Drive:  Whitehorse, Yukon to Haines, Alaska + Camping at the Haines Hitch-Up RV Park June 9
Scenes In & Around Haines:  Harbor, Portage Cove, Fort Seward, Totem Poles & Murals, Mud Bay Road, Chilkat Inlet and state park, Haines Fish Packing Company, etc. June 10
Haines, continued: Beautiful Scenes Along Chilkoot Inlet, River, Lake, & State Recreation Site June 11
Haines, cont.:  Photos from Hikes on the Battery Point Trail in Chilkat State Park June 12
Haines, cont.:  Mt. Riley Hike June 13
Haines, cont.:  Scenes from the Chilkat River Corridor: Bald Eagle Preserve, Float Trip, & Native Village of Klukwan June 14
Haines, cont.:  Hiking to the Summit of Mt. Ripinsky → Stunning Views! June 15
   
                         Valdez, via the Yukon  (June 16-22)  
Scenic Drive from Haines to Valdez via More of the Alaska Hwy. in the Yukon June 17
Scenes from Valdez Glacier Campground & Nearby Lakes, Mountains, and Glaciers June 18
Photos from Valdez: the Colorful Harbor, Whitney Museum, & Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery June 19
Valdez-Area Hikes & Bike Rides: Dock Point Trail, Richardson Hwy. Bike Path, Mineral Creek Trails, Homestead-to-Bayside Trail, & Solomon Lake Trail June 20
From the Sea to the Sky:  Day Trip through Keystone Canyon to Thompson Pass & Worthington Glacier (includes Horsetail and Bridal Veil Falls) June 21
Another Scenic Drive & Ride:  Valdez to Anchorage (includes Jim's 48-mile bike training ride along the way) June 22
   
                         Anchorage Area  (June 24-July 10)  
Two+ Weeks in Anchorage:  Camping, Cycling, Hiking, & Other Activities at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) June 24
Scenes from Anchorage's Tony Knowles Coastal Bike Path June 24
Rendezvous-Little Teton Mountain Ridge Hike June 25
Mount Gordon Lyon Evening Hike June 28
Eagle River Nature Center Hike: Albert Loop & Rodak Nature Trail June 29
A Wet Day Trip Along Turnagain Arm to Portage Valley June 30
Lots of Bang for the Buck:  Bodenburg Butte Evening Hike July 3
Loop Hike on Flattop Mountain, Alaska's Most-Visited Peak July 6
   
                         Matanuska Glacier Area & Fireweed 400 Bike Race  
Camping at Grand View RV Park + Scenes Along the Glenn Hwy. & Matanuska Glacier July 10
The Race Across Alaska, the Fireweed 400:  Jim's Successful 100-Mile Bike Race  July 11
Views of Matanuska Glacier from the Road and the State Recreation Site July 12
   
                         Denali National Park (July 13-27)  
Scenes On the Road to Denali National Park + Camping at Cantwell RV Park & Riley Creek Campground July 14
Denali National Park:  Discovering "Disco" Hikes (3-page description of an off-trail guided wilderness hike, plus scenes & critters along 60 miles of the park road) July 15
Denali NP:  Savage Alpine Trail Hike & A Windy Bike Ride on the Park Road July 16
Denali NP:  "Mellow" Hike Along the Savage River July 17
Denali NP:  Photos from the Murie Science Center, Park Visitor Center/Bookstore, & Nenana Canyon Bike Path July 18
Denali NP:  Camping at Teklanika River AKA "Tek" In Denali's Backcountry July 19
Denali NP:  Tek Pass Ride #1 to Kantishna, At the End of the 92-Mile Park Road (lots of scenery and critter photos) July 20
Denali NP:  Peak Experience: Eielson Ridge & Wonder Lake Hikes (Tek Pass Ride #2, with clear views of Denali) + Jim's Bike Ride Between Tek & Sable Pass July 21
Denali NP:  On the Edge: Hiking & Cycling at Polychrome Pass (Tek Pass Ride #3) July 22
Denali NP:  McKinley Station & Horseshoe Lake Trails July 23
Denali NP:  Mt. Healy Overlook & Ridge Trail, My Favorite Front-Country Hike July 24
Denali NP:  Mt. Margaret Hike Above the Savage River July 25
Denali NP:  Photos of Summer Wildflowers in the Park July 26
Denali NP:  Denali Rocks! July 26
Tips for Maximizing Your Visit to Denali National Park July 26
   
                         Anchorage, Take 2  (July 27-Aug. 2)  
Denali to Anchorage + Camping at JBER Again July 29
Scenes from Campbell Creek Bike Ride & Another Hike at Eagle River Nature Preserve July 30
Nature Photos from Potter Marsh July 31
Hike Up Bird Ridge w/ Expansive Views of Mountains & Turnagain Arm July 31
A Cautionary Tale for Alaska Visitors: Tragedy on the Seward Hwy. July 31
Chugach Mountain High: Twin & Pepper Peak Hike = Great Views and a  Mother Lode of Blueberries August 1
   
                         Kenai Peninsula  (Aug. 2-8)  
Portage Valley: Camping niRVana at Williwaw CG + Scenes from the Trail of Blue Ice, Williwaw Nature Trail, & Moose Flats August 2
Then (2012) & Now:  Scenes from Porter Lake, the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center,  & Two Byron Glacier Hikes August 3
More Fun & Sun On the Kenai Peninsula: The Drive from Portage Valley to Seward & Camping at the Seward Military Resort August 4
Picturesque Scenes Around Seward & the Boat Harbor August 4
Life On the Edge: Harding Icefield Hike #1 with Jim (now one of his favorite Alaska memories, too, even though it was overcast) August 5
More Blue Ice: Exit Glacier Hike at Kenai Fjords National Park August 6
Oh, My Gosh!  Photos from Harding Icefield Hike #2 on a Gorgeous Sunny Day August 7
Windows to the Sea: the Alaska Sea Life Center August 8
   
                         Anchorage, Take 3  (Aug. 8-22)  
Back to JBER in Anchorage August 8
Soaking Up Local Culture at the Alaska Native Heritage Center August 12
Blueberry Heaven on Rendezvous-Gordon Lyon Peaks August 13
Williwaw Lakes Hike:  Six Moose & A Bear, Oh, My! August 14
Glen Alps Triple Treat: Blueberry Loop, O'Malley Peak, & Coastal Overlook August 18
More Alpine Jewels: S. Fork Eagle River Trail to Symphony & Eagle Lakes August 19
   
                    Denali National Park and Fairbanks  (Aug. 22-25)  
The Drive from Anchorage to Denali August 23
Autumn in Denali National Park: Moose Rut & Gorgeous Colors August 23
Scenic Savage Alpine Loop Hike with Jim August 24
Travel Adjustments Due to Weather & Wildfire Woes: Or Maybe We're Just "Fickle!" (includes camping at River's Edge RV Park in Fairbanks) August 25
Crisis Averted in Fairbanks: Cody's Bout with "Old Dog Vestibular Disease" August 26
Day 1 of Our Fall Migration South: Fairbanks to Near the Canadian Border August 26
(See second August 30 entry below re: Mt. McKinley finally becoming "Denali" again)  
   
                    Canada  (Aug. 26 to Sept. 1)  
Day 2:  Rainy Day from the Canadian Border to Whitehorse, YT August 27
Day 3:  Whitehorse, YT to Muncho Lake, BC August 28
Day 4:  Muncho Lake to Charlie Lake, BC August 29
Day 5:  Charlie Lake, BC to Grande Prairie, AB August 30
"Denali" Finally Gets Its Traditional Athabascan Name Back August 30
Day 6:  Grande Prairie to Olds, AB August 31
Day 7:  Olds, AB to Great Falls, MT + Camping at Malmstrom AFB September 1
   
                    Montana, Idaho, Wyoming  (Sept. 1 to 13)  
More Scenes from a Week at Great Falls, MT & Malmstrom AFB September 7
Scenic Drive Under the Big Sky from Great Falls, MT to the Tetons September 9
Camping at Reunion Flat NFS Campground in Teton Canyon, WY + Nearby Activities September 9
22+ Miles of Great Hiking on the West Side of the Tetons (Teton Canyon, Teton Crest, Alaska Basin, Teton Shelf, & Devil's Staircase Trails) September 10
Scenes from a Day Trip to Grand Teton National Park September 12
   
                    Utah  (Sept. 13 to Oct. 18)  
Scenic Drive from Teton Canyon, WY to Logan Canyon, UT + Overnight at Guinavah-Malibu NFS Campground September 13
Hunkering Down at Hill AFB FamCamp in Layton, UT September 16
Another Scenic Mountain & Canyon Drive:  Hill AFB to Red Canyon, UT September 17
A Month at Red Canyon RV Park + Activities in Panguitch September 18
Overview:  Utah Rocks! Exploring Southwestern Utah's Colorful Canyons September 19
Cycling In Canyon Country:  Red Canyon-Bryce Canyon Bike Path, Thunder Mountain Trail, & Forest Service Roads September 20
Cycling Scenic Byway 143 from Cedar Breaks to Panguitch September 21
Red Canyon Trails Near the Visitor Center:  Photo, Birdseye, Hoodoo, & Pink Ledges (hiking-only trails) September 22
Red Canyon Trails:  Golden Wall, Castle Bridge, Tunnel  (hiking only) September 23
Red Canyon Trails:  Arches -- How Many "Windows" Can You Find?  (hiking only) September 24
Red Canyon Trails:  Casto and Losee Canyon (hiking, cycling, equestrian +  ORVs in Casto Canyon) September 25
Red Canyon Trails:  Cassidy, Ledge Point, Rich (hiking, cycling, equestrian) September 26
Thunder Mountain!  A Virtual Tour of Our Favorite Red Canyon Hiking Trail (hiking, cycling, equestrian) October 1
Introduction to Bryce Canyon National Park: "Poetry In Stone" October 2
Bryce National Park:  Scenes from the Overlooks & Rim Trail October 2
Bryce Canyon Trails:  the Iconic Navajo-Wall Street Loop (trails at Bryce are hiking only except Peekaboo, which allows guided horseback tours) October 3
Bryce Canyon Trails:  Queen's Garden + Spur to the Navajo Loop October 4
Bryce Canyon Trails:  Peekaboo Loop on Foot (Jim's favorite trail in Bryce) October 5
Bryce Canyon Trails:  Peekaboo Loop on Horseback October 6
Bryce Canyon Trails:  Fairyland Loop (Sue's favorite trail in Bryce) October 7
Bryce Canyon Trails:  Bryce Point to the Peekaboo Loop October 8
Bryce Canyon Trails:  Under-the-Rim to Hat Shop October 9
Bryce Canyon Trails:  Sheep Creek-Swamp Canyon Loop October 10
Bryce Canyon Trails:  Mossy Cave & Water Canyon's Falls October 10
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Part 1: Scenes Along National Scenic Byway 12 October 11
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Part 2:  Scenes Along Scenic Backway Burr Trail October 11
Scenes from UT 14 Over the Mountains to Cedar City October 12
Scenes from Cedar Breaks National Monument October 13
Day Trip to Zion National Park, Including the Kolob Canyon Unit October 14
Day Trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon October 15
On the Move Again: Scenic Drive from Red Canyon, UT to Black Canyon, AZ October 18
   
                     Snowbirding in Arizona (Oct. 18 to Dec. 31+)  
Camping & Hiking at Black Canyon, AZ October 24
Desert Rats:  Relaxing at Desert Breeze Travel Camp at the Army's Yuma Proving Ground November 30
Exploring the SW Arizona Desert, Mountains, Lakes, and Canals on Foot and Bike December 4
Colorful Oasis in the Desert: Scenes from the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge & Painted Desert Trail December 10
Fields of Dreams: Yuma's Rich Agricultural Industry and a Tour of Imperial Date Gardens' Groves & Processing Facility December 16
My Name Is Casey: the RV Lifestyle, From the Perspective of a Young, Exuberant Labrador Retriever December 20
2015 Year-End RV Travel Review December 31
   

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"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil, Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup

 2015  Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil