Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Denali with the Scarbrough gang

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I've been busy getting ready to head back to school but thought I should blog the final installment of the Scarbrough Alaskan Adventure.
We headed out early Wednesday morning, August 3rd, for Denali National Park. We arrived in plenty of time for our 2:00 Eilsen Visitor Center bus trip into the park. Early on in the bus ride we spotted the elusive lynx. We managed to get a couple of photos and it was a thrill for us all as none of us had ever seen a lynx in the wild before. Further up the rocky gravel road a lone caribou grazed on a mountainside. As the bus climbed up the steep mountains, we were lucky enough to ride right by a group of young Dall sheep resting on a ridge. Our luck continued as we saw golden eagles, grizzly bears, and even a wolf on the trip. The beauty of Denali never grows old and never ceases to amaze us. The Scarbroughs seemed to enjoy the eight hour bus ride. We finally returned to our hotel at 11 that night and even saw 2 moose calves grazing near our rooms. The next morning we headed toward home and stopped in Talkeetna for a bit. We checked out several shops on this rainy afternoon. On Friday, August 5th, we hit a few sites around Anchorage. After a delightful lunch at Hula Hands restaurant we made our way to Earthquake Park, the Alaska Public Lands Building, Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, and the Chester Creek Trail. About six that evening we all headed toward the airport and said our farewells. We all had a great week and Greg was especially delighted as he hadn't gotten to spend so much time with George since high school. Their visit has topped off a great summer for us and we were very happy that they came to visit us and see Alaska.

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