Don, Joan & Brooke to Alaska travel blog

Don with a 2 week old Alaskan husky pup

Female moose along the roadside

Don,Dave,Mary&Ron beside Savage River in Denali NP

Our first view of Denali in the park about 70 mi. away

Herd of Dall sheep ewes (a long way away)

View of mountains, rivers & weather in the park

Me with a set of caribou antlers

A caribou

Mama grizzly & 2 cubs (again - at a distance)

Can you find the second ptarmigan?

Denali through a set of caribou antlers

Denali - still about 35 miles away

Denali - up close and personal!

Scenery in another part of the Natl Park

And before we left - a BIG bull moose

DENALI NATIONAL PARK: (Jul 7-10) We drove from Fairbanks down into the mountains again. As this is ‘high’ season here in Alaska, we cannot always get RV sites where we would like to be, so we make do with whatever we can get, as close as we can get. It really hasn’t been a big problem. We passed Denali and went on to Cantwell. While staying there we checked out a husky sled dog program. We visited the home of a couple who raise Alaskan huskies for racing. The man has run in 3 Iditarod races. He hasn’t won one yet! It was very interesting. We got to pet a 2 week old husky pup, saw them hitch up a team to exercise the dogs, saw a narrated video about how they raise and look after the dogs and how they prepare and do the big race. It was very informative and interesting. Moved closer to Denali and took a day trip 92 miles into the park on one of their buses. (Private vehicles are only allowed to drive 15 miles into the park.) We saw some Dall sheep (a group of ewes at a distance), lots of caribou, a grizzly mama bear and 2 cubs, a huge bull moose, several small critters and some birds including ptarmigan and of course fantastic scenery. Some tremendous views of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) which apparently only 30% of the visitors to the park see, as it is so massive it creates its own weather. Went back the next day, did a short hike and saw moose and 2 beavers.

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