Just letting you know that I'm heading into the Denali Highway via Cantwell again on Friday the 26th, after Christmas. I'll be heading into my place, and cutting some wood, shoveling the deck off, and then running the trails around the lodge to get them ready for riding. Also, we are getting the trail ready for riding into the mountains just behind the lodge. I can only stay a couple of days, and I'll be heading back Sunday morning. I have a couple of people going with me from the Kenai area, and there are some more machiners coming down from Fairbanks also.
Anyone that wants to come along for the ride is welcome to! There are plenty of beds (8 rooms, 6 with bunkbeds, two with queens, plus the cabin, plus several cots) and rooms, and firewood. There is some dried food and mre's also, but for the most part, you might want to just bring in what you need to eat. I personally plan on riding to the Maclaren Lodge for my food and beer. (I have some crown and scotch at the lodge, but beer freezes!) It's about a 26 mile ride from my place to Maclaren, and it's a great ride!
My wife and I do plan to have the lodge open for Arctic Man in April.
The schedule for next weekend is as follows: Leave Kenai at 4am. Arrive Cantwell at 10am. We park in the large parking area that you come to when you drive East down the Denali Highway, just past where the pavement ends if you've been down there in the summer. Can't miss it, there are usually several vehicles with trailers, and dog mushers parked there. Plan on riding into the lodge as soon as we arrive around 10am. The ride is 68 miles, and the road is a snow machine highway. It was a great smooth ride a couple of weekends ago. Takes about 2 hours.
Of course, no charge, just come on in and enjoy yourself!
Let me know if your going to make it, or just show up!
Claude and Jennifer Bondy
Alpine Creek Lodge