Along the Savage River

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The Savage River

After our long trip yesterday we got a slow start to the day.  We awoke to bright blue skies so after breakfast we returned to the park to take a look at “the mountain”.  As we approached the 9 mile mark on the road into the park, there was Denali, stark white against a bright blue sky.  The Whole Mountain!  We watched for a while and as we watched, clouds started to move in.  A snowshoe hare was also watching with us.

Our goal for the day was to hike (walk) the Savage River trail.  It was a nice day for the walk and having done this the last time we were here with cloudy weather.  It was nice to get pictures with blue sky.  Along the way we saw pretty wildflowers.  Most of these flowers are very small as they are growing in rocky locations with little topsoil which seems to keep them tiny.

We also passed by a marmot and a snowshoe hare eating something inside a little cave.  Farther down the trail were families of willow ptarmigan, which is the real state bird. 

By the time we passed the area where the mountain was visible it was completely shrouded in clouds.

We returned to the trailer for a late lunch and then dinner.  After dinner we visited the shopping area and treated ourselves to an ice cream. 

Tomorrow we move into Savage River campground for three days.

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The Savage River
The Savage River
Another view of the park
Another view of the park
Farther along the river trail
Farther along the river trail
Can you see the face in the rock?
Can you see the face in the rock?
Flowers
Flowers
Massive Denail
Massive Denail
From the middle of Savage River
From the middle of Savage River
Marmot
Marmot
Ptarmigan mom and chick
Ptarmigan mom and chick
Little white flowers
Little white flowers
More purple flowers
More purple flowers
Ptarmigan family
Ptarmigan family
Savage River
Savage River
Snowshoe Hare
Snowshoe Hare
Denali National Park
photo by: Vikram