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Jul 31, 2015 - Denali National Park -Tour to Eielson Visitor Center

July 31, 2015 – Denali National Park Bus Tour to Eielson Visitor Center Expecting that we would see more wildlife early in the morning, we booked the 6:30 bus tour into the park. Though the company would have picked us up at the campground, having taken this trip before, we decided to drive down to the visitor center so we could get “good” seats near the front. The buses are repurposed school buses so...you get the picture as to how “comfortable” they are. However, on the 12 mile trip to the visitor center, we saw no less than five! moose...

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Jul 30, 2015 - Savage Alpine Trail, Denali National Park

July 30, 2015-Savage Alpine Trail, Denali National Park Sometimes, words and pictures fail to convey the scope, scale, magnitude, or emotional impact of the “high places”. So...while I will try to describe and while the photographs may show the scenes, if you get the chance to climb high above tree line in the midst of towering peaks, do it. Bob and I decided to hike the Savage Alpine Trail in Denali National Park today. Naturally, when we were ready to start, it started to rain so we waited a few hours, took a nap and ultimately, when the...

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Jul 28, 2015 - Pictures from Denali

I am going to try to post some pictures while we wait for Elisabeth and the boys to arrive. Woke up to 45 degree temperature and cloudy. Rained a lot yesterday and showers are in the forecast for today. Typical Denali weather we are told. This the ferry you take across the Yukon to start the Top of the World highway The view Wildlife Headed down the road Alaska Pipeline Dawson city The Herring Sock company

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Jul 27, 2015 - Danali National Park

After 27 days and over 5,000 miles we have finally reached Denali National Park. We spent last night on Fairbanks. We got there early enough to pick up Rx at Safeway and stock up on food for Elisabeth and the boys who arrive in Anchorage tonight. We then went to our campground and relaxed and met a couple who have been full timing RVing for 19 years! They still speak to each other and shared with us some of their stories from the road. I can understand full timing it now, but it must have been really difficult 19 years ago. Fairbanks seems...

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Jul 16, 2015 - Denali National Park

This morning we all got up early and caught a 730am shuttle bus into Denali National Park to the Eielson Visitor Center. You can only drive about 13 miles into the park, unless you are camping at one of the other campgrounds which is about 30 miles. This bus is taking us about 66 miles in. Only buses are allowed into the actual park. Despite some cloud cover, we were able to see the mountain! Only 10 percent of the visitors can see it since it is usually covered by clouds. We were lucky. On the way we saw a small herd of caribou and some...

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Jul 13, 2015 - Denali

Just a side note this is the second time I wrote this entry however the sporatic wifi fizzled out while updateing this and I lost the info. So here is is. We went to Denali National Park...there are no words to adequately describe the size of the mountains, how steep they are and the beauty. Mt McKinley was partially visable which was a good thing since that does not occur every day. We saw it through some clouds but it was big and beaudiful all 20,000 plus feet. The snow never melts there above 6000 feet. You can only drive into the park...

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Trip Journal

Alaska 2015

Jul 12, 2015 - Denali National Park, last day

Decided to do a few moderate trails today, since we have to pack up the camper to leave tomorrow. Laundry must be done and things stowed. Took a leisurely stroll along Caribou Creek (saw footprints only), then down by the area that was the park's tent city back in the 30's. You can see Mt McKinley from there, but not today. McKinley is covered with ice, and when the warm summer air hits it, clouds and fog form. Not common to see it in summer, although we talked with someone who claims to have seen it at midnight last night from a high...

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Jul 11, 2015 - Denali National Park

Today we took an 8 hour bus tour though the park and were rewarded with several wonderful animal sightings. We spotted grizzlies, caribou, Dahl sheep, moose, golden eagle, and most surprising, a wolf. There are so few wolf in the park they are not often spotted. Sorry, no animal pix. You will have to trust us. We didn't have telephoto lenses, and the wildlife refused to stand still and pose on the road. Not crazy about the bus idea, but you do what you have to do. And I must say, it was worth it. We were within 40 miles of Mt McKinley, but...

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Jul 10, 2015 - Denali National Park

Hiked the Mt Healy Overlook trail, then went to Healy for a cold beer. The trail is 4.4 miles with a 1700 foot elevation change. In our younger days, we would have gone on another afterward, but that elevation change reminds me that I am old and fat and would rather be drinking a cold beer. We had a day as clear as we could have hoped for. No smoke, but a few clouds. Still hot except at the top of the mountain. I will attempt to post some pix from the day. Hwy 3 passes in front of the park. No other way to get there by road. HUGE...

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Jul 9, 2015 - Denali National Park

Made it to Denali today. We will be here for a few days. It is the most difficult park to navigate because of its huge size and lack of infrastructure. We stopped by visitor's center just to get materials to plan our hikes. It is raining. I hope the rain at least knocks down some smoke. We were not planning to hike until tomorrow anyway. Campground is good, by Alaska standards. Road construction is an ongoing nightmare everywhere in ice country, they have so little time to get their projects completed. I finally got some pix from Dawson...

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Jul 6, 2015 - Talkeetna 6/16-19

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Denali National Park to Talkeetna Talkeetna Camper Park Miles today: 181.5 Animals: caribou 2, moose 2 As we were leaving Denali NP, a bus driver pointed out two caribou for us to see as well as his busload of passengers. Close to the entrance, we saw the aggressive moose with two babies who is terrorizing the Riley Creek Campground. She beds down at the entrance to that campground and she is not leaving. She has injured at least one tourist so far who probably walked too close to her. We did a little shopping close...

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Jul 6, 2015 - Fairbanks to Denali NP 6/12-15

Friday, June 12, 2015 Fairbanks, AK to Denali National Park Teklanika Campground #19 Miles today: 122 This morning we had coffee with Donna & Carolyn, Girl Scout Leaders that Kelly met while in Switzerland with Kayla’s troop 6 years ago. Then we headed on down to Denali National Park. At the Denali Visitor Center, we unhooked the jeep and left it in overnight parking. Teklanika Campground, where we were going, is 29 miles into the park. Most private vehicles are not allowed past mile 15. But with our camping permit, we could drive further....

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