October 06, 2009

Denali

We arrived in Denali in the afternoon and stayed the lodge owned by the cruise line. It was quaint and rustic. Here's my mom in the lobby of the lodge posing with Dall sheep.




We experienced an Alaskan fall. The tree color is yellow throughout the state, while the reds are found in the shrubs and fire weed.










A log cabin in the park is used for demonstrations for the public during the summer season and in the fall, winter and spring, when the park is covered in snow, rangers travel from cabin to cabin by dog sled to check on the park. While we were waiting to get off the bus to see this cabin, a bear walked down the middle of the road - literally - like it was walking the line for a sobriety test. Unfortunately, some visitors in a car decided to get out and take pictures and scared the bear off. So we didn't get pictures.

We were part of the lucky 30% who get to see Mt. McKinley. Most of the time the top of the mountain is not visible because of low cloud cover. We were about 75 miles from the mountain, though it seemed like you could walk there in an hour.



5 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

TSannie said...

How beautiful. Didn't get to Denali - next trip (PLEASE let there be a next trip!) for sure!

Daryl said...

Fabulous photos .. thanks for sharing!

Nurse Nancy said...

Beautiful!

Big Hair Envy said...

I'm glad you had such a wonderful trip! I have family living in Alaska, and hope to be able to visit one day. Your pictures are JUST beautiful:)