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I posted yesterday on the wisdom of skipping Denali at the benefit of Talkeetna to which I received some great advice. On that same topic, I also posted the rough plans for our upcoming trip this summer. However, I am not sure it will get much attention buried in another topic, so I am posting it here also.

Here is the rough schedule for our trip. Gardyloo, it does not take into account the possibility of substituting a leg up to Nome or Kotzebue in the beginning as you suggested since we are just getting together with our friends this weekend to start finalizing our trip. I wish I had a better understanding of using the small, local air transport and train system in accessing some of these areas. It was our plan to get a rental car for the whole trip. However, we might be better served—both in time and money--by using the railroad or local small airplanes for some aspects of the trip.

I would greatly appreciate any suggestions or recommendations on this rough schedule from those of you who have experience and a better knowledge of the land than me.

Rough trip schedule:
July 5, Arrive Anchorage
July 6, Drive to Denali. Stop en route in Talkeetna (Flight see Mt. McKinley or glacier landing; this may better be done out of Anchorage). Continue to Healy for overnight stay.
July 7, Explore Denali National Park
July 8, Drive to Matanuska-Susitna Valley
July 9, Explore Matanuska-Susitna Valley (horseback riding)
July 10, Drive to Soldotna
July 11 and 12, Explore Soldotna (halibut fishing trip is booked for the 11th, guys plan to do a fly in fishing trip on the 12th while the gals will do their exploration)
July 13, Drive over to Seward and explore
July 14, Further explore Seward surrounding area as we head back to Anchorage.
July 15, Last opportunity to enjoy Anchorage before flying home late in evening.

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