denali national park and preserve, alaska
the rain began falling the previous day, and was steadily coming down when we boarded our bus for the kantishna experience, an eleven to twelve hour, ninety two mile each way, trip to the end of the park. there are no private vehicles allowed in denali (beyond the first fifteen miles), and only one mostly unpaved road leads into the heart of the park's 6 million acres, so making reservations on the bus is the only way to experience it....
except for stops at rest stations along the park road, this is travel through a land without modern conveniences or fences to separate visitors from the natural world. we are passing through a taiga forest, white spruce and black spruce grow here
the road followed the contours of the mountain and river valleys, the alaska range in the distance.
toklat river rest stop. here is our ride, a bus with drop down windows for good views and for taking photos. we were glad to have heeded the advice to bring layers for warmth and rain gear for wet weather
lindy and lori in alaska!
thank you for showing us your beautiful self mr. bear
at eielson there were short loop trails to explore, and on a clear day views of mt. mckinley, or denali as the locals call it. we chose to do our visiting inside for two reasons, it was very cold and we'd only just seen two grizzly bears...
a stunning work of art at the center, a handmade quilt of denali
the weather began to change, quite suddenly
the sun came out in spots throughout the preserve. after mile 66 and before mile 85 we came upon many ponds dotting the tundra. i searched for beavers, muskrat and alaskas only amphibian, the wood frog. this time (i hope to come back!) i saw only waterfowl
mile 85 wonderlake with spectacular denali revealed and shimmering in the sun
leaving kantishna and moose creek valley now, feeling reflective and curious about the early settlers who staked claims during the gold rush, can you imagine how life was for them then? on the way back, denali began to slowly cloud up again
it happens that while i was traveling, my blog celebrated it's four year anniversary. the best way for me to describe how i feel about this is, just as nature feeds my soul, blogging, meaning you dear friends, fill my heart and life with endless joy. thank you so much. i looked for something in alaska to giveaway, to celebrate this occasion...
thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post, the winner of knitting 24/7 ebook is anke of 'our little piece of heaven'. congratulations anke! please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i'll get your copy to you. i hope you'll enjoy!
thank you so much for coming along on this alaskan adventure, it's truly a pleasure to share, we're heading to the cruise ship and glaciers next!