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We had a nice breakfast in the room this morning.  The lady had baked muffins and bread, I made some coffee and Candy had juice.  We spent some time planning out the day and decided to go to the dog sled demonstration.  We stopped for fuel on the way out and I talked to the lady at the gas station about going on a coal mine tour also.  She gave me the phone number of the mine.  At the park we boarded a bus to go back to the demonstration area.  They had a total of four large bus's that came for the 10:00 show.  We looked a the kennels for the dogs and watch the presentation.  There was only enough seating for about 1/8 of the people and the rest of us had to stand.  After the presentation we went to the visitors center and toured the building.  We went back to the hotels at the entrance of the park and picked up some tickets for a dinner show at 5:30PM tomorrow show which is Cabin Fever.  I called on the mine tour and it was at 2:00PM the timing worked out so we drove back to Healy and went to the power plant.  I thought that is were see told us to meet.  No one was there and we walked in went up stairs and didn't talk to or see a person.  After waiting a few minutes I called back and see told me I need to drive a little bit farther up the road to the coal mine.  When we arrived no one was there so I called again.  She told me the van had just left and told me to wait and they would come back.  A few minutes the van arrived and they took us on the tour.  It was a interesting time on the tour, they have very LARGE equipment. and the mine area was many miles long.  It started to sprinkle on the way bake to the Cottage that we were staying at and we made it back with out getting wet.  We went back into town at 6:30 for supper and to hear the lady that runs the Bed and Breakfast sing but she didn't show up. I am not sure why.  We talked to here one hour before.

We are in for the night and will be going on the bus tour through the park at 7:00 AM tomorrow.

Dale

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Stay at Aspen Haus B & B

A cabin with a queen bed and private bath...Spruce cabin for $115 per night

Reserved on Friday, January 19, 2007

Aspen Haus B & B is located near the entrance of Denali National Park, Alaska. Two hundred thirty miles north of Anchorage lies the sole road which allows vehicular access to the six million acre park. Home to Mount McKinley (Denali), North America's tallest mountain, an abundance of wildlife, vegetation and vistas, Denali Park hosts thousands of visitors from all ends of the world each summer.

Your hosts at Aspen Haus are Ann Marie Boniakowski-Lowery and Ted Lowery.

Ann Marie is a native of New Jersey and came to Denali in 1989 to manage the employee dining room for 175 employees at a local resort. She has traveled extensively and worked abroad including a year on the S.Y. Sea Cloud, the largest passenger sailing vessel in the world, cooked in restaurants in Puerto Rico and St. John, USVI, managed and cooked for the Wooden Boat school in Brooklin, Maine as well as a private cook in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Ann Marie can sometimes be found singing in the local hot spots.

Ted grew up in Iowa and soon moved to Montana. After a few years in Montana and Colorado, he moved to Alaska. Ted has driven tour buses in Denali Park, worked on NPS trail crews, local construction, and built our house. These experiences and the benefits of being a private pilot, keep the thrill of living near North America's tallest mountain alive. Ted and Ann Marie have two children, Isabel and Dylan . Both were born in Fairbanks and get a charge out of the midnight sun!

Aspen Haus is located in the town of Healy which is 12 miles north of the park entrance. It is situated on 3.5 acres with a separate driveway to the cabins. Our cabins sit nestled in the tundra, each with a view of the Alaska Range and the comfortable necessities for the Denali visitor. (Private bath, queen beds, refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot are in each cabin. ) A tasty breakfast of homemade baked goods, cereals, fruit, juices , coffee/tea, milk and hot chocolate are provided for you to enjoy on your schedule.

Our philosophy at Aspen Haus is to provide quality, local accommodations. Being part of the Denali community, we feel it is important that visitors be exposed to information and choices available to make their visit positively memorable.

~ We can help you choose the best company for local activities that suits your needs (flight, bus and raft tours).

2007 SUMMER RATES:

Willow & Spruce cabins are 14x16 with a queen bed (maximum 2 guests) $115

Birch Cabin is 16x20 with one queen bed and one double bed (maximum 4 guests) $125 for 2 ($10 per additional person)

Family Cabin has 2 rooms with 1 bath-large room 16x20 with eating area, a partitioned bedroom with a queen bed- 2nd room will provide beds for 4 people (maximum 6 guests) $150 for 4 people ($10 per additional person)

Payment Forms Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Checks, Cash, or Money Orders.

E-mail: aspenbb@mtaonline.net

Business Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. Alaska Time Phone: (907) 683-2004 Call Toll Free: 1-877-ASPENBB (277-3622) Fax: (907) 683-1004 Mailing Address: Aspen Haus Bed & Breakfast P.O. Box 559 Healy, AK 99743