Date: September 9, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Denali National Park
Mileage: End - 22681
Start - 22371
Total Miles for the day: 310
Weather: Partly Sunny
Temperature: start 51º
Wildlife count: Moose Bull & Cow, Red Squirrel
Year List: 268
Birds: Mallard, Canada Geese, Black-capped Chickadee, Black-billed Magpie,
This morning was spent getting fuel and a few Wal-mart items for the trip home. We also hike a short distance on the greenway parkway in the center of Anchorage. That was a lovely trail, and we enjoyed the quiet, even in the midst of the city.
The Moose’s Tooth was Maggie’s pick for lunch and we shared a delightful repast together – the pizza is tremendous. John and I each had a slice of the Brewmaster’s favorite: Italian sausage, sundried tomatoes, onions, feta, provolone, pepperoni, and the sauce was pureed ricotta with spinach. It was very good. The fun part was catching up on Maggie and all of her escapades, as well as hearing about her folk’s moving plans.
We got back to the RV park just in time to be out of there by 12:15pm and head up to Denali. We were amazed at all of the cruise busses we encountered - all headed south, and they were all full. We thought that the cruises were over by this time. Apparently not!
We arrived at Grizzly Bear RV Park, where we have stayed before, around 4:30, set up, had a very quick dinner, and drove into Denali to finalize our bus reservation for tomorrow morning. Then we drove to the end of the road – at least as far as private vehicles are able to drive – about 15 miles. We did see a bull and cow moose, but no rutting activity yet. However, the sun was shining amid the clouds, which created a stunning tapestry of fall colors. What incredible beauty! Home to crash early, as we have an early bus ride scheduled for tomorrow morning.