Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Monday, June 14, 2010

Denali Trip, Day 4

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Today was the last of our 4 day trip to Denali. We drove back into the park for a few more photos and a picture of the Denali National Park sign. When we left the hotel, we stopped at an overlook on the main road. We spotted a few rafts ready on the Nenana River for some adventurous tourists. As we were leaving the park entrance, we saw a very rare sight. A mother moose with 3 calves. That's right- triplets!!! We took several pictures but you still have to look closely and count the babies' legs to see all 3 calves. The mom was doing a great job of protecting them from people- let's hope she does as good a job while protecting them from bears! In Alaska, however, from 1/2 to 3/4 of moose calves fall victim to predators. We headed back down the Parks Highway. After a very close call on the gas gauge, we were able to pull over inside the Denali State Park for a view of Mt. McKinley. One picture really captured both the north and souths peak of McKinley. Both peaks are visible above the clouds. These pictures were taken over 40 miles from the mountain. You can still see the snow-covered mountain standing regally behind the others. It was really an inspiring sight. We had almost given up any chances of seeing it again this trip. In fact, only 20% of visitors are able to catch a glimpse of the mountain due to the massive cloud cover present on most days. We stopped at another state park area and had a picnic lunch. Headed on home- tired but happy.

We will be taking a break from the blog for a few weeks as I head back to Tennessee. Greg says he's too lazy to blog on his own.

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