This August when my parents were visiting, we made a trek up to Fairbanks. It was quite the adventure!
Dad rented a RV for the trip. However, we soon discovered that not all the seats were too be used while driving AND J’s car seat could not be tightly strapped into any of the spots with seatbelts. So, Mr. O drove the Expedition separate with J in the back. That came in handy as we could all fit in the vehicle and not have to drive around in a RV all the time.
We ‘camped’ a few miles down the road from the park. My dad has an uncanny ability (superpower maybe??) of getting in and out of tight spaces. And the place we could choose that was surrounded by trees was a rather snug spot for the 24 footer he rented. Hot dogs and beans were on the menu for the night.
The next morning (after FREEZING as a neighboring group of kids running through our ‘spot’ must have disconnected the power cord for heat) we headed up to Denali National Park and Reserve.
It was a bit wet that day, so we just did the visitor center and a drive as far into the park as you can drive. The visitor center was interesting, with static displays about wildlife as well as a bit of park history, which is tied with Alaska Railroad history, too.
We’re hoping to go back next season for a longer visit. If we’re lucky not only will the weather be good, but we might have a more agreeable youngest child for actually seeing things. However, I doubt we’ll be taking a RV. Mr. O was not impressed and prefers tent camping.