Trip to Wonder Lake

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Grizzly mom and cub

Happy 4th of July.  Today was one of our best chances to see Mt. McKinley as we were going 85 miles into the park.  As we found out there are many opportunities to see the mountain in this area. 

The day dawned clouded even spitting a few drops of rain as we drove into the park.  We climbed onto the bus at 6:45 am.  With hopes of seeing wildlife and perhaps the mountain. 

The sky was clearing as we made our way into the park.  At the 9 mile point, where the mountain is first visible we could see perhaps half of the mountain.  Maybe, just maybe, the sky would clear more.  Seeing Mt. McKinley is on my bucket list. 

The wildlife was only just a little easier to see.  We did see a porcupine early on and the head of a beaver as it swam in its pond, but then there were few animals to be seen.

When we neared Eielson Visitor Center, Denali once again came into view and at least 95% of the mountain was visible.  There were clouds behind, but just about all of the mountain could be seen.  As the day progressed the animal viewing and the mountain got better.  The sun finally brought out the mountain, and we passed a mother moose, and two grizzly bears with their young.  We saw several caribou and were really close-up and personal with a flock of Dall sheep close to the road. 

Off to the side of the road, we found a bull moose with a very large rack of antlers.

We met a very interesting couple on the trip.  They were from Holland and were bicycling around the world.  They started in Turkey, headed east through Asia and were now in Alaska.  They have been traveling for two years and expect to be traveling at least two more years.  The only traveling not done on bicycle was to get places you could not peddle to like Hawaii.

The trip was long, 11 hours, but very rewarding, and there is one thing off of my bucket list.
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Grizzly mom and cub
Grizzly mom and cub
Dall sheep
Dall sheep
Bull moose
Bull moose
Caribou
Caribou
Wonder Lake
Wonder Lake
Vegetation covered glacier
Vegetation covered glacier
Denali - Mt. McKinley
Denali - Mt. McKinley
Porcupine
Porcupine
Denali National Park
photo by: Vikram