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Sep 11, 2018 - Another beautiful day in Denali

After breakfast we went for a hike with Jess, one of the guides here. Jess is from Port Huron Michigan! Another sunny not so cold day. Beautiful fall colors every where. We went to Wonder Lake to see if we could get a could reflection photo. TOday Denali was covered with a very interesting swirly cloud. We hiked near Moose Creek which was very interesting as it was bigger than some of the rivers we saw yesterday! We sampled the berries we found growing here (ate a portion of some poor bear or caribou's breakfast). We tasted a wild...

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Sep 10, 2018 - Northern Lights

Couldn't have hoped for a better day. The only negative was the pressure in the shower was bad! Sunshine and wonderful temperature as we left at 1:00 to go to the lodge in the park. 92 mile drive that takes about 6 hours with 3 stops. We are at the last lodge in the park. The end of the road. It was so clear today that we got to see Denali in all its glory! We are so fortunate to have chosen this week to come. Most of the lodges are closing by Friday. There were only 9 people, and one was an employee, on the bus! About 20 miles into the...

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Sep 9, 2018 - Beautiful Alaska

While we were waiting for the shuttle to take us to the airport Verne pointed out the sign on the hotel about being aware of moose. Never thought of seeing moose in downtown Anchorage. We didn't see any. But we met some people on the train today who some 4 of the airport yesterday! We upgraded our train tickets to be in the dome car. It was fantastic. After the first stop the train made, about an hour into the trip, everyone from our except for 2 other couples and us got off the train. The rest of the trip was just the 6 of us and our...

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Aug 12, 2018 - 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...

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Aug 7, 2018 - Moose and Caribou and Bears, oh my!

Another early morning simply thrilled Maria! The Park buses loaded early since the animals feed in the mornings and that is what we were interested in seeing. Our driver had been working these assignments for 25 years which was good to know when we started up the mountain roadway on our Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour. The first 15 miles are paved and are open to all vehicles. After the Ranger Station at milepost 15, only Park buses and official vehicles are allowed because the road is narrow and unpaved with EXTREMELY steep drop offs to the...

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Aug 6, 2018 - McKinley Express train to Denali National Park

We boarded the McKinley Explorer train to Denali National Park on a misty morning, and my photos show fog in the distance and raindrops on the train windows. Sorry! Mother Nature didn't seem to care about my photos but we had been told that August was the beginning of Fall and their rainy season. With that in mind, we were actually very lucky that most days were quite nice. The train was extremely comfortable with very high windows so we could see the mountain peaks. What a lovely ride! We saw a lot of narrow rushing rivers as well as the...

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Aug 3, 2018 - Denali

Raining off and on on the way to Denali. Our only glimpse of the behemoth mountain was from a distance as we approached the 20,000 foot giant. We stayed in the park at Teklanika campground which is 30 miles into the park. While driving into the park to Teklanika, we were lucky enough to see a bull moose very close to the road. We had mostly rainy days at Denali unfortunately but we had a great wildlife day on the bus to and from the Eielson Visitor Center. On the way there we saw caribou, moose, and Dall Sheep. We saw a couple brown bears...

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Jul 14, 2018 - Denali National Park

Today we drove to Denali National Park, the unfortunate part is..Denali hiding in the clouds so we didn't get to see it. Won't be able to go back tomorrow because we have a 50% chance of rain .... It'll be in the clouds again once again. We did get some nice photos but not as many as we had hoped for. Shortly after leaving for the park, we did see some moose & there was one near the Denali Park entrance sign (which we didn't get a photo...all you'd see is his back side). Denali's name means "the high one" (AKA Mount McKinley) , the park...

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Jul 14, 2018 - Denali - day two

Today, we were up and at 'em early as our Natural History Tour was scheduled to leave from the wilderness lodge at 6:50am. Of course it was still light outside all night so we tossed and turned much of the night but managed to catch a few zzzzs. We grabbed a quick bite for breakfast, bundled up (temp in high 40s) and walked up to the main lodge to wait for our bus. The buses that run inside the park are basically school buses. We rode on one of the tan buses which run on long tours along the only road in the park. The green buses run a...

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Jul 13, 2018 - Denali - day one

We left Fairbanks early Friday morning (the 13th) and headed south to Denali National Park. It was about a 3 hour drive along one of the few highways in Alaska. Along the way, we took a break in the small town of Nenana. This is a typical "Alaskan" town with cabins, a rail station and satellite dishes. We stopped at the Welcome Center which is also an Art Gallery and has public bathrooms. The owners are both professional photographers and have 4 small stair-step boys who run a lemonade stand to raise money for a future trip to Disneyland in...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Denali day 3

Denali day 3 June 7 We had the day to do whatever we want. So we took the free park shuttle to the visitor center and then the dogsled area. We had barely left the resort area, when we saw a Moose and baby on the walking trail by the road. A dog sledding demonstration was going on. We were allowed to pet some of the dogs. They are very friendly. Some were chained in a roped off area and some could roam freely. We overheard a worker mention to another one, that a moose had been seen on the nearby trail, indicating that they were moving. We...

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Jun 6, 2018 - Denali day 2

Denali June 6 Today, we took the Tundra and Wilderness Tour of Denali. The weather was beautiful even as we went to higher elevations. The highest point we were at was only 3,980 feet. We traveled 62 of 90 miles. The first 15 miles were paved and the rest were gravel. The tour was so good! This was an 8 hour tour with a Denali Bus driver/tour guide. We saw a moose and her baby just after entering the park, and some more later on. A grizzly bear was in the brush and then walked right in front of our stopped bus, then alongside the bus before...

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