These ARE the good old days!
Since returning to Alaska and our home in Denali, we have reverted back to a more rooted lifestyle.
Instead of roaming the western USA for months at a time we have enjoyed being in one place for a while and in many ways it has been an exceptional summer.
Daily life in camp includes taking long walks in the woods with the pups, meeting friends for coffee at the Artisan Cafe, gardening and watering flowers and sometimes an afternoon nap.
Regular BBQ’s with friends around the fire pit while listening to classic rock on the outdoor speakers has made for some very enjoyable evenings…..it just doesn’t get any better!
This summers climate has been a mix of abundant sunshine in June and early July but then lots of rain in later July and August.
An early spring has made for a little longer growing season which enabled better greenhouse crops and a fantastic blueberry year.
Climate change in Alaska is becoming more apparent.
The extended season has helped Denise’s greenhouse and garden produce a bountiful harvest. The cucumber crop has been stellar and more then we can eat so she has been selling the extra locally. (the fruit lady is back!)
Her tomato crop has been prolific and delicious and the carrot crop promises to be fantastic. Her super salads have been outrageous!
We have had a steady stream of visitors arriving at basecamp this summer. Family and friends have all made their way to Denali to visit.
It is always great fun to party with them around the pit and take the first time folks on a tour of the Denali’s front country areas.
The ZEFYR is currently parked under its carport awaiting the fall departure. We decided to install a new engine and transmission in the CABOSE to give us a little more horsepower on the hills when the big dogs are riding in the back.
Other projects around basecamp this summer included building new workbenches in the greenhouse and selling a few items we no longer needed such as a motorcycle and a car.
In just a few weeks we will again winterize basecamp and head south. It has been an exceptional summer with many fun and relaxing times.
We truly have been enjoying this recurring seasonal lifestyle. 6 months of wandering the backroads of America and 6 months of summer in Alaska combine the best of both worlds.
Reconnecting with friends and family on the road and at home makes for an invigorating and social way of life.
Our only definite travel plans for this winter include driving south till we find warmer weather and of course visiting friends and family…. sound familiar?
Our continuing mission is to find new remote locations to explore and new friends to meet.
We have put together a short video of our basecamp home and the local area for your review. It highlights the four seasons of Denali.
Thanks for joining us on our adventures. Our regular travels posts will begin again soon. The big dogs are getting excited about running across the desert again!
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