Earl and Rhonda Alaska 2018 travel blog

Rainy day in Denali on bus trip

Rainy day in Denali on bus trip

Polychrome Pass in Denali

Polychrome Pass in Denali

View from rest stop on bus trip

Buses at rest stop

What would be a view of Denali if not overcast at Eielson...

Big caribou in Denali

Denali from highway to Anchorage with clouds lifting

Denali from highway to Anchorage

Denali from highway to Anchorage

Denali from highway to Anchorage

At Wonder Lake

View on bus trip in Denali

Denali

Denali


We arrived at Denali National Park on Monday afternoon (Denali RV Park and Motel in Healy, just north of the park entrance) and had dinner at the Denali Park Salmon Bake Restaurant. On Tuesday we just drove into the park as far as private vehicles can go which is about 15 miles. The weather was overcast so we could not see Denali, formerly Mt. McKinley. We purchased a tour on the Denali Bus for a trip to Wonder Lake neat the base of Denali hoping for better weather on Wednesday. This didn't happen. Wednesday was even worse. It rained and snowed on us for most of the trip back to Wonder Lake which was about 85 miles one way. We did enjoy the trip because we saw two grizzly moms with two cubs each and one big male grizzly alone with two big caribou and an owl, goshawk and golden eagle beside a moose and two calved near the campground. When Thursday morning came and I noticed it seemed to be clearing I had a little hope of seeing Denali on the way to Anchorage. As we left Denali and headed towards Anchorage the weather kept clearing and we had a beautiful clear vier of the Alaska Range and Denali all the way to Anchorage.

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