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Aug 24, 2016 - Denali Park, Alaska

Denali National Park and Preserve was established in 1917 as Mount McKinley National Park and renamed Denali in 1980. The Park lies on both sides of the Alaska Range, 250 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The Park road is open to the public to Mile 13. From mid-April to late Sept the shuttle buses start running. Transportation into the Park past Mile 13 can only be done on the Park Shuttle. The shuttle system is very organized and does a really good job of taking you through the park, with several stops and narration as we went along. We...

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Aug 12, 2016 - Denali, Part 2

Here are a few more Denali photos. When we took the hike with the ranger, he talked about the red squirrel. It eats spruce cones, and stores them for the winter. When eating, it bites away the outer covering first, which falls to the ground and eventually all those little bits and pieces become a midden. Then the squirrel uses the midden to hide nuts in, for the winter. Middens can be several feet deep—not the result of just one squirrel, but many over the years. Just as he finished speaking, a red squirrel appeared and posed for our...

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Aug 11, 2016 - Denali National Park

Here we are at Denali National Park! We’re staying at the Savage River Campground, which is at Mile 13 or so (of 92 miles) on the Parks Road. The campground only recently re-opened after closing, at least to tent campers, for weeks due to a grizzly bear attack. So here is the story, as we learned from the ranger: Two hikers thought the bear was acting in an aggressive manner. This occurred on one of the trails in the campground area (there are several trails around here). To distract the bear, they threw their backpacks at it. The...

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Aug 6, 2016 - denali national park

Aug 6-8 We are off to Denali National Park, it is a 126 miles but it will be taking about 4 hours. Some beautiful large valley’s. We did not see any animals along the roadway. We did get a peak Denali from the Nanana River which the mountain is 150 miles away. We stayed at the Denali Rainbow Village RV Park, just across from the Princess Lodge, where we stayed last year. The next morning, we spent 10 hours on the bus going 63 miles going into the Denali National Park. We did see some animals, this time. Not far off the road, we got a great...

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Aug 6, 2016 - Denali

August 6, 2016 Got some laundry done while Bob had pancakes which is a treat for him. Found out that we could get good park WiFi and plug in at Mercantile. We are supposed to have scattered showers today but plan to spend the day hiking. Off we went to Horseshoe Lake which is north of the Visitor Center. It is the first lake we have seen in the area as the other bodies of water are kettle ponds caused by glacier pools. There was a bit of elevation down to the lake which is abutted by the Nenana River that is created by glacier runoff. Was...

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Aug 5, 2016 - Denali

August 5, 2016 Today was an amazing day in Denali that started at 6:15 am. As luck would have it, we got the best guide and driver in the park as acclaimed by several park service folks. Although Craig is amongst the youngest of drivers and guides both in age and tenure, he is the “go to” guy for information. He talked non-stop for most of the 10 hours we were on the bus regaling us with many of his park and life experiences in the past 11 years. Fascinating wildlife detail and not bored for one minute! To clarify the Denali wilderness,...

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Aug 4, 2016 - Nenana to Denali

August 4, 2016 About 5:00 it stopped raining so we took a walk about town. Other than A Street (the main one) none of the streets were paved. Many of the houses are log cabins with the fridge on the porch next to a super-sized communications dish. Aside from 3 shacks that serve as bars, there was a muraled grocery store, a very small inn with microbrewery, senior center, community center and the historic train station that served as a gift shop. Camp is actually the bright spot in town. Was nice to come home to dinner already prepared! With...

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Jul 30, 2016 - Finally, arrived at Denali NP

We departed the Grizzly Bear RV Park and headed to Denali NP in hopes of getting a camp site in Denali park, but not to be, they were all full, so we headed on down the road for a mile and secured a spot at at Denali Rainbow RV camp, basically just a parking lot, but they did have hook-ups, so life is good, and we're only about a mile from the entrance to the park. We went to Denali and got signed up for a 6.5 hr bus ride into Denali park, departing at 3 pm, so we have a couple hours to kill. We went to the Denali visitor center, which was...

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Jul 29, 2016 - Depart Big Lake AK - Destination Denali Park

We stayed just one night at Big Lake AK, wasn't much there, but a pretty lake. We headed toward Denali Nat'l Park, it's a rainy day, arrived at Denali Grizzly Bear RV Park around 6 PM, we traveled 185 miles today which is a pretty big day for us pulling the trlr. We secured a camp site at this park, tried hard to find high ground to park the trlr., this was not an easy task with all the rain they have gotten. We're only about 20 miles from the entrance to Denali NP, and we're positioning ourselves to try to get a camping spot in Denali for...

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Jul 18, 2016 - Denali NP Teklanika Campground

We are staying in Teklanika campground at Mile 29 of the Denali Park highway for 6 days. It is pretty cool right on the river 12 miles past were anyone can travel but tour buses. Day 1: Long bus rides today, lots of stuff happened. We saw some cool animals, a couple of neat visitor’s centers, a lot of rain and fog, and just a little car sickness. We would have had a great picture of a grizzly bear standing on it’s hind legs but Dad the camera!!!!!! I took a picture of Mom looking unhappy/scared hanging over a cliff, but Dad won’t let me...

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Jul 17, 2016 - Flight tour

We got to fly today! When I woke up and looked out the window I was not very optimistic about us making the flight tour today. It was kinda foggy and didn't look much better than yesterday when we got cancelled..... twice. We kept waiting on the cancellation call that never came, so we got in the car and drove to where we were to meet. Still had our doubts but our driver showed up and to the airport we went to board the plane. Again I'm unable to describe the beauty. We both took dozens of pictures and we would catch a good one once in a...

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Jul 16, 2016 - Flight cancelled

When we got home (parking pullout) last night we had lots of company, about 5 other RVs. We always say that our motorhome has a magnetic personality as it always seems to attract other RVs. Ha. We were suppposed to meet our pilot at 8 this morning for our hour and a half flight around Mt. Whitney but the weather postponed that until this afternoon. So we decided to go to the visitor center and look around at the park. Then we stopped by town to get a half gallon of milk ($7) and let Karen do some shopping. Our flight was cancelled again...

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