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Day 2

Denali National Park

Today’s adventure included the Denali National Park. The locals call the peak Denali instead of Mt. McKinley. McKinley never went to Alaska and the naming of the mountain after him was a political ploy when he was running for President. We boarded a school bus at 6:15am and headed into the park (these are the only vehicles allowed in the national park). We were hoping to see various animals and the summit of Denali. Unfortunately the clouds blocked our view of Denali, but the wildlife was out! We saw bears (13 to be exact), caribou, moose, dall sheep, a fox, and a wolf. It was very rare to see all of these animals. Once someone saw an animal, they would yell to the bus driver to stop the bus. We’d all lean out the windows to get a glimpse of the wildlife.


  • Bear sighting


  • Wolf sighting...there are only 80-100 wolves in all of Denali.


  • View of what should be Denali from the road

Denali National Park is 6 million acres…about the size of Massachusetts. Even though we did not see the peak of Denali, we had great weather.

The view from Wonder Lake...It took us 6 hours to get to this final place in the road. The entire trip took 11 hours. It was long but worth it!

For dinner we went to 229 Parks…thanks for the recommendation Marlene and Dick…it was wonderful! We are heading out of Denali to Girdwood tomorrow.

View from our campground/hotel area. We are staying in a small cabin.

Hopefully we'll have internet access in Girdwood. If not, our next blog will be in a few days because we will not have internet access on Prince William Sound.

Posted by zillichs 22:50

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