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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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Aug 8, 2017 - Dip Net Fishing

Back tracking on this journal entry to one of the weirdest fishing spectacle we have ever seen. We were in Kenai on the Cook Inlet. We had pulled over to see a moose grazing in a big field near a wildlife boardwalk. A local started talking to us about wildlife. He said if you want to see something wild go watch the dip net fishing further down the bay. We had seen all these gigantic nets sticking out of trucks in town and had wondered what they do with these nets, so we had to go see what it was all about. It was absolutely crazy....

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Aug 8, 2017 - Flight to Denali - The High One

I left off with the 6 of us arriving back in Anchorage. We spent one night in Anchorage before starting the land portion of the cruise. The next morning we boarded a bus for a several hour drive with about 40 other people. We stopped in the small town of Talkeetna, where we caught the train that would take us to Denali National Park. We rode in the large domed cars which gave us great views of the Alaska and Talkeetna mountain ranges. It was a long day with far too many hours sitting on the bus and the train. We soon found out it was well...

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Jul 21, 2017 - Denali

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....

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Jul 20, 2017 - 8hour bus tour in Denali

Eight hour bus tour through the interior of Denali. Saw lots of beautiful mountains, braided streams, and animals. Highlight was watching a wolf first down by the water, then he came up the hill near us and walked on the road ahead of our bus for a mile or two. Saw a grizzly with 2 cubs but not close enough to get a picture. We did not totally see the mountain (Denali) because it is usually in the clouds in the summer--it is 20,300' high. We will try again tomorrow on our way out of the park.

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