We spent the day and into the night in Denali National Park.
It's time to see Denali National Park.
The entrance sign
And the lower 48 tourists that have to get their photo taken with it.
The visitors center
Molly gets some questions answered.
They have some nice displays.
Over at the transportation center is where you buy your tickets for the park bus rides.
You can only drive your own car 15 miles into the park. We did and got to see the Savage Cabin.
It was built in 1924.
Why are there nails in the windows?
It is to keep the bears out.
The doghouses are to keep the dogs out of the sun in the summer.
It's kept in 1920s condition.
Nice and cozy
We took the 85 mile bus ride the next day.
Molly and Chris in the waiting area.
We took the green bus tour. It cost 1/2 the price of the tan bus tour.
Chris and Molly
John and I
The tan buses make the same stops as the green buses, but the drivers give more narration.
There are bathroom stops every 1.5 hours. This one had a nice view.
A glacial created river. Very typical in Alaska.
The potty stop had some signage for the flowers.
There are a lot of flowers up here.
This bus broke down and the passengers were wandering all over the place.
And not very far down the road, we saw grizzly bears!
He's checking things out.
I'm glad our bus didn't break down!
He's heading out to see if there are any tasty snacks walking around.
The elevations are not that high on the roads in Denali.
The road has kind of a steep embankment.
And the view is straight down
But the views are spectacular.
Since it doesn't get dark until midnight, the solar lights didn't get used much at this bathroom stop.
Again, a nice deck for views at the bathroom stop.
This stop had some hicking trails.
Molly gets some photos.
It's very brushy in this area.
But there are also nice flowers.
And you can kind of see Denali from here.
This bathroom stop was a Toklat.
It had a gift shop.
Fannie Quigley arrived in Alaska in 1906, and stayed until her death in 1944, at the age of 74.
She staked her share of mining claims, and mined them. She also became a skilled hunter.
Check out sunrise and sunset.
What's out in the meadow here?
This one is grazing.
Getting a shot of Mt McKinley
It's a little clouded over.
A Japanese tourist on the bus gets the shot.
We get a little closer.
And closer yet
Hooray for telephoto lenses.
Who are these tourists?
John and I at Mt. McKinley
Molly and Chris also want the tourist shot. Why not?
This is the Mile 66 stop.
We ate our lunch inside this rest stop.
They had some cool displays.
The high was 66 that day at that stop.
A native red squirrel
He gladly took handouts from the tourists.
Kind of a sad story
Kind of weird
Must have been horrible
The last stop for our bus ride was Wonder Lake at mile 85. The end of the road was less than 10 miles away.
I can't believe these guys are swimming in the cold water.
Molly takes a pic
There are several interpretive signs.
And fireweed too.
Wonder Lake is in a very wet part of the park, and mosquitoes plague the area for much of the summer.
The campground offers 28 sites, which are all tent-only. It is open June 8 - mid-September each year.
View from the bus on our way back.
A gorgeous view
I think the ponds are called potholes.
Another cloudy view of Mt. McKinley
Looks what's walking next to the tan bus.
Time to eat
He joins his buddy
This caribou was really molting.
My telephoto lens did really well. This was taken from the bus.
Another pretty shot
Lots of colors
The bus trip was 11 hours and it's not getting dark yet.
Who is this?
At least we can say we saw a moose on this trip. Sort of
One last potty stop
And goodbye Mt. McKinley