Saturday, September 15, 2012

Denali National Park-Mile Marker 67

More about Denali State Park: I thought I would share some more photos of our trip to marker 67. We were riding on an old school bus. The seats had been redone into plush motor coach seats for comfort. We saw caribou, bears, sheep and other questionable things in the distant horizon.

SIX  MILLION  ACRES! Gaze across a broad expanse of Denali National Park and Preserve, and you will see a living tapestry. The colors are amazing in Alaska.

Above: our bus driver Jeralyn Hath did an excellent job driving us through the park.

Igloo Creek Campground....elevation 2240. Below we spot our first white bear.

Sable Pass

Narrow road ahead.....

Wowza...glad we didn't meet them on the curve.....Can you spot the Dall sheep below?

The white spot is a sheep.

Above we stopped for a break and were allowed to walk around this area.
You can see the top of the bus.

There are areas you are not allowed to leave your vehicle. These bus tours began in 1972 as an alternative to private car traffic. It minimizes visitor impacts allowing many to experience the park that belongs to all of us without destroying it.

I was hanging out the bus window when I took this shot of the Dall sheep and fixed it in Picasso, a photo editing site. Here is the full view of them on the hill. A few were wondering along the roadside eating leaves from small bushes.

I kept wishing I had another camera with the zoom lens on it. It would have been a better picture....
The 91 mile road was constructed between McKinley Park Station and Kantishna, a mining camp from 1923 to 1938. More than 350,000 folks visit Denali each summer.
This was our last stop before returning. It was a bookstore and bathroom station stop.

You can see the small caribou in the right lower hand area in the photo walking the dry creek bed.

A caribou raises his head as we travel by.  Below my sister, Michelle and her daughter, Olivia pose for a photo midway on our journey.

I am thankful we had family with us so George and I could get a picture together...usually we are separate.....I will post another blog of the flowers I took in the park. They bloom briefly in the short summer season. Jerlyn said it gets around 65* below zero in the winter months....I wore a coat the entire time(except for photos).  My husband loved the cool weather and wore shorts most days.
Thanks for visiting and taking a tour of Alaska.
If you ever have a chance to go...sign up! We took the land tour first, then traveled to Seward to board the Celebrity Millennium and took the inside passage route. It was awesome!

Leave a comment to let me know if you've been to Alaska!


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