Last week –
Mt. McKinley, Glaciers, Majestic Mountains, Hikes, Moose, Bears, Whales, Puffins, Daughter
Sorry to be so behind in all of our activities, but between the busy-ness of being a tourist and some very slow internet connections, I just couldn’t seem to get regular posts posted.
In an effort to bring you up-to-date without boring you with details……
Denali National Park –
Magnificent! We were there for two days – not enough for any true outdoorsman or hiker, but plenty for us. On day one we drove as far as a private car can go (about 15 miles) and then took a beautiful hike along Savage Creek.
We were able to see Mt. McKinley (aka Denali) on our drive with just a little bit of cloud cover and the other views were spectacular. Our second day we took a park bus trip (about 8 hours) further into the park, about 66 miles. On that trip we saw 5 Grizzly bears (including a mama with two young cubs), mountain sheep, moose and more beautiful vistas that you can imagine. And since I remembered my camera and extra batteries, but left my memory card back at the computer, all of those sights will just have to remain in my memory!
They say that The High One is only visible about 20% of the time, so we were pleased to get the mostly clear views that we did. Ironically, the only crystal clear view we had was as we drove south from Fairbanks – around 3:30 in the morning!
The mountain is over 100 miles away here!
Seward and the Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
Our other big event was an overnight in Seward (camped right on the water)
and a beautiful cruise down Resurrection Bay. Like our cruise out of Skagway, this was excellent! We saw lots of whales, sea otters, puffins, dall porpoise, seals and sea lions, many other birds, and several glaciers.
Our final day together was spent driving to Anchorage for her late night flight back to Texas. It turned out to be quite the wildlife drive!
From this bull moose first thing-
to this Mama and calf outside of Hope (who crossed the road right in front of us)
to the two bears along the highway along the Turnagain Arm –
So our hectic fun week with Lara has come to a close. After 14 hours either in the air or sitting in airports, she is home in Waco, and yes, our laundry is caught up! It was a wonderful visit – and we miss her already!