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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. Oour driver had been working these assignments for 25 years which was good to know when we started up the mountainour 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 dropoffs 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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Jun 5, 2018 - Denali, Alaska

Fairbanks to Denali June 5 We left this am about 9:30 for the 2 ½ hour bus ride to Denali. We're staying 3 nights at the McKinley Chalet Resort. The ride was absolutely gorgeous. As we began, we could see the Alaska Range way in the distance and then eventually drove right to it. The mountains are huge. Where we're staying, there are tall, snow capped mountains all around us. Along the way, we stopped in the village of Nenana. They had free coffee, and cinnamon rolls (tomorrow's breakfast) and delicious homemade cookies. There was a gift...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Denali

The road trip from Fairbanks to Denali was an easy 2.5 hour drive. We made 2 stops for gas, just to make sure we had a full tank for our generator. Our check-in at Riley Creek was fast and easy. Just a few miles after we left Riley Creek, we saw a momma moose and 2 calves just enjoying their snack on fresh vegetation along the side of the road. At Teklanika, we found our site and settled in. Later in the afternoon, we explored the campground and went for a short walk on the river bed hoping to see more moose, but no luck. Just as we were...

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Aug 9, 2017 - Denali by bus - saw the big five

We were still recovering from that awesome plane rude to the tippity top of Denali's peak, when we had to get up at 4 am ti catch our bus through the interior of Denali. I did say 4 am. What a god awful time to have to get up. Or so I thought! Passenger cars can only drive about 10 miles into the park. The only way to get into the interior of the park is by bus or walk. We decided the bus was the best choice. We didn't have any bear bells with us. We were on an old school bus with about 40 people. Just to let you know, it was going to be...

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