We ventured off the main Parks Highway to check out Talkeetna, Alaska, population 1,064, plus a busload or two of tourists. If you were charmed by the 1990's television show Northern Exposure, Talkeetna would be right up your alley. In fact, the fictional town of Cicely, Alaska was supposedly based on Talkeetna, although the show was actually filmed in Washington State. The resemblance between the two was unmistakeable.
Frank insisted on having lunch at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse, built in 1914. Frank later explained that he wanted to eat there because it was the only restaurant listed in the AAA Guide. We saw several other eateries on the main street, so either the guide was out of date or the other places were not worth mentioning. Not wanting to risk it, we stuck with the AAA Guide recommendation.