Denali - Day 2

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The Princess Denali Lodge again had a large fireplace.

Up at about seven am and ready to go shortly after.  My wife felt better and we went down for a quick bite before heading out for the five hour bus tour into the tundra section of Denali National Park at eight thirty. 

This turned out to be a real bust.  The tour guide told us that everyday she was able to point out wildlife and gave a nice narration about the history of the National Park while driving slowly back into the wilderness.  But the only animals we saw were some sheep off about two miles that looked like small golf balls to most of us and there was one small female moose about a quarter mile away that you could only see if she moved, which she didn't do very much.

A very high ceiling with much decoration.
  I did manage to get two pictures from my side of the bus but I challenge anyone to figure out where she was.  I later heard from some folks who took the much longer eight hour tour much deeper into the park that they got to see the “Big Five”, a moose (preferably a large male), caribou (both male and female have antlers), Dall sheep, a wolf, and a grizzly bear.

After returning we went to lunch.  Our plan to stop and get a sandwich at Subway was dashed as we watched then nail up the last two sheets of plywood over windows.  They had closed for the season last night after being open 24/7 all summer.  There is not much here to offer here. Princess Lodge has a very upscale restaurant and an espresso coffee shop.  There is a pizza place (where we ate last night) and an expensive local place. The only other place is a market, liquor, deli offering several quickly made specialty sandwiches and burgers.

On both ends of the lodge.
  We didn't think much of it until the need to came up.  We walked over to the Canyon Market and Deli and first off noted that they only wanted $2.49 for a hamburger.  Here in Alaska we had seen the norm being $9 or $15.  So we ordered 4 figuring we would each eat two.  We found a couple of bottles of Pepsi in the cold case of the store which cost nearly the same as the burgers.  So for $15 we had lunch, but the burgers were much bigger than expected and included anything we wanted on them, tomatoes, pickles, onions, etc.  It turned out to be a much bigger meal than planned. 

A quiet afternoon spent in our room, and I took a short nap.  Then out to dinner at the Lynx Pizza again.  This time a combo, and they threw everything but the kitchen sink on it.  In fact, nearly more than we could eat.  We strolled through a couple of gift shops and art galleries on the way back to our room and watched a little TV and packed up for our move to Fairbanks tomorrow.

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The Princess Denali Lodge again ha…
The Princess Denali Lodge again h…
A very high ceiling with much deco…
A very high ceiling with much dec…
On both ends of the lodge.
On both ends of the lodge.
Downstairs was an art gallery, gif…
Downstairs was an art gallery, gi…
On our bus tour we entered Denali …
On our bus tour we entered Denali…
The white specks off about two mil…
The white specks off about two mi…
Hard to see.
Hard to see.
We were taken to this cabin which …
We were taken to this cabin which…
The dogs even got their own little…
The dogs even got their own littl…
These story boards were along the …
These story boards were along the…
The bus for our tour.
The bus for our tour.
The local indian who gave us a pre…
The local indian who gave us a pr…
There is a moose hidden in this pi…
There is a moose hidden in this p…
I have highlighted the moose in th…
I have highlighted the moose in t…
That same moose is hidden in this …
That same moose is hidden in this…
I have highlighted the moose in th…
I have highlighted the moose in t…
Back at our lodge we got a few sho…
Back at our lodge we got a few sh…
This bear rug was available at thi…
This bear rug was available at th…
The Fox Creek Studio offered sever…
The Fox Creek Studio offered seve…
This Polar Sheep rug was made up o…
This Polar Sheep rug was made up …
Another of the metal scuptures at …
Another of the metal scuptures at…
The Denali Princess Lodge just aft…
The Denali Princess Lodge just af…
The sunset that night was nice.
The sunset that night was nice.
Lots of color
Lots of color
And very blue skies with thin whis…
And very blue skies with thin whi…
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photo by: Vikram