This past July Jen and I, along with my two grandsons J.T. And Kaleb, embarked on our great 2015 Alaskan adventure. The first day we headed to Talkeetna where we had reservations at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. I had chosen Talkeetna so I could photograph Mt. Denali (McKinley), some of the old downtown structures and, of course, the old railroad bridge.

The weather was drizzly all day. We never did catch even a glimpse of Mt. Denali though we all had a fun time hiking around trails and exploring around the old railroad bridge. Talkeetna is really just a small village mainly catering to tourists who want to view North America’s highest mountain. There is not a lot to do outside of visiting the tourist shops and buying some ice cream at Nagley’s.

And then…there’s Shirley’s. When visiting an area I will often take a few minutes and research the eating establishments beforehand. My wife and I do not like fast food, and will drive a few extra miles to find a good eating spot. I had read about the famous Shirley Burgers served out of a little “barn.” We decided to have dinner there and waited in the long line to get our burgers. I took a photo of Ms. Shirley and later on she caught me in the parking lot and asked where we were from. I told her Mississippi and she said she was from Arkansas. I immediately stated, “Now I know why you can cook so good!” I was wearing a Led Zeppelin t-shirt and she had to tell me how big of a Led Zep fan she was.

We had so much fun hiking along the Susitna River and the old railroad trestle that we did it twice! Kaleb made the remark that he wanted to move to Talkeetna. The boys had a blast! We took some photos with a little State Flag I had in my camera bag. While in Alaska, the agitators were once more afoot tried to remove our beloved flag back home. More on that in another article…

I came out at midnight and again at 2:00 a.m. to see if Mt. Denali would ever peak between the clouds. There was still enough “sunset” light at 02:00, but the old mountain did not want to be photographed that day. We woke early and headed to Hatcher Pass and Independence Mine. Be sure to check out those photos too…

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All Photos by John & Jennifer Cripps ©2015 Mojo.Sexy