Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday, July 17th Part 2

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We left Alpine Creek Lodge and continued our journey along the beautiful Denali Highway. By this point in the trip, any reservations we had about driving this road were long gone. We assumed that eventually the panoramic vistas would lose some of their intensity. This didn't prove to be the case as the road is like driving through a 135 mile postcard. Greg said it was hands down his favorite part of Alaska thus far. Soon after leaving the lodge, I spotted a swan atop a beaver's lodge. We think these were tundra swans not trumpeter swans. Unless they are side by side it is difficult to tell the difference. She left her nest and swam back into the grasses at the edge of the water. As we passed hundreds of lakes we saw many more swans, some swimming with their young and others congregating along the grassy banks. It was quite a beautiful scene to see them gliding along the mirror-topped lakes. A few more miles up the road we glimpsed a moose near the edge of a lake. She was feeding by the water of another beautiful lake.

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