Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Day 3 - Denali

Mt. McKinley ~ called Denali by the Native Indians
June 5, 2007
We woke up to lots of rain in Fairbanks that morning; however, we boarded a train for Denali National Park and hoped the weather would clear up. From the picture above, I would say it did in fact clear up! This was our view of Mt. McKinley later that day. This photo was taken 35 miles away and it was magnificant! Only 10 to 20% of the visitors to Denali get to see this view ~ how blessed we were that day!

As I said, we started out on a train from Fairbanks to Denali National Park. The train was wonderful and provided a fantastic made-to-order breakfast and a glass top on the 2nd story for great viewing. The weather cleared up soon after we left Fairbanks and one of the highlights was our approach into Denali. Once we arrived in Denali, we boarded an old school bus for an 8-hour Tundra Wilderness Tour. Boy, was that a LONG tour! But in the end, it was worth the time spent. That's when we saw Mt. McKinley, 2 grizzly bear, a moose, dall sheep, golden eagles, and caribou. At the end of the day, we fell into bed ~ what a day!

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