|to train to Denali||to North Pole, AK|
Park & Preserve
Tuesday, July 22
Weather: Partly cloudy, Hi 68
|all day||Denali Shuttle Bus to Eielson Visitor Center (8 hr roundtrip)|
To bed: 8:49 pm, Got up: 4:29 am (7:24 asleep)
Steps: 8,556 (4.01 miles)
We wanted to take one of the first shuttles into the park, both to avoid later crowds and to have a better chance of seeing wildlife. Unfortunately, this meant getting up VERY early to catch the shuttle from our hotel to the WAC in time for the 6:15 am park shuttle departure.
National Park & Preserve scenery
|East Fork River|
|'Selfie' at Polychrome Overlook|
A caribou and a bear across the road from each other!
Some more caribou (2 caribou and a calf).
|A caribou in the road.
I have a video of this caribou
posted at youtube.
Approaching Eielson Visitor Center
Eielson Visitor Center
|Actual view of the mountain peaks. McKinley is so hidden by clouds you can't even tell it is there. Oh well.|
|A pretty quilt on display at the Visitor Center.|
A tiny haystack on a hill =
A grizzly up on the mountain slope.
A bull caribou sleeping on top of an embankment.
And back over Polychrome Pass. These photos are for my cousins, who once again refused to appreciate the view in person.
Spotted a golden eagle. Honestly, the black dot in the clouds is an eagle.
|and 2 up on
As we made our way back to the park entrance, we encountered a moose-jam -- a traffic jam caused by a bull moose drinking from a stream near the road.
We were going to eat at Prospector's Pizzeria the second night in Denali, but they were taking *forever* to seat people because they were holding multiple tables for a group of 22 (we could have gotten our pizza, eaten, and been gone by the time they were ready to seat that group) and they didn't seem to care, so I snapped this photo of their 49 beers on tap and we went back to the Salmon Bake, where we were seated in minutes. This time I had their Alaskan halibut fish and chips.
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