DenaliPosted by Fraser Smith 2013-06-12 08:45:04
Our first day in Denali has again been great. We arrived in time to have lunch before heading off on a bus trip into the park which left at 2.30pm and we got back at 10.30pm (when you click the link, click "Map" in the top right of the map and select "Satellite" to get a better idea ot the terrain). Great day. The moose in the picture below we saw on our journey to Denali (when you click the link, click "Map" in the top right of the map and select "Satellite" to get a better idea ot the terrain). Our loop through the layby is at mile 135. Didn't quite manage to get the camera out quick enough to catch it swimming across the river. The lorry is parked so it crossed the layby safely. We saw so many animals on our drive that we can't put in photos of them all so here are just a few of them.
We got a great view of the Coyote below. Never seen one of those before.
We saw 6 grizzly bears altogether but the one below was the star. He was having a nap really close to the road and we got some great pics and video of him.
Just thought we had better put one in of ourselves just to prove we were there.
This red fox was georgeous, especially his tail.These are Dall sheep and are very cute. They live on the side of the mountains a bit like goats.We got this great view of Denali on the way out. It is not very often that the whole of the mountain is seen. It's like Ben Nevis in that respect, it's just a bit bigger!We also saw 2 porcupines, lots of caribou, more moose with young calves, a Northern Harrier, Willow Ptarmigan (Alaska's state bird), Arctic Ground Squirrel and several flocks of the Dall sheep. The bus driver/guide was amazed at how much we saw and with seeing the mountain as well. Tommorow is the rafting so hopefully we will be in a fit state to catch up then. By the way, we don't seem to be getting much feedback from you all!!!! Hope you are reading these.
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