This is part 2 of our camping trip in Denali National Park. If you missed the first half of the adventure (and I don’t use that term loosely), you can check it out here.
We boarded the park’s school bus for the Tundra Wilderness Tour. It is overcast and raining and even snowing at times so we don’t get to see Mt. McKinley. But the wildlife made up for it. We saw so much…birds, moose, grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep, Golden Eagles, Great Horned Owl nesting with her babies, a fox (carrying its fresh kill) and a wolf. I don’t think I have ever seen so much wildlife in one day.
On the fifth day, we return to Savage River to do another hike.
A momma cow and her baby cross the road right in front of us.
I was able to get great shots of artic ground squirrels.
and then it started to snow …I know it’s supposed to be the end of May … but I was able to capture Dall sheep during a snow storm.
After our hike, we went to the Dog Sledding Presentation at the Park. It was quite fascinating to see these animals work. They got so excited when they were taking them from their dog houses and hitching them up to the sled.
After the presentation, of course we had to take the obligatory photos with the sled and the dogs.
We endured some cold weather during our stay at Denali, but our last morning was especially cold. We woke to ice on the zipper of the tent. It got down to 25 degrees during the night! Gary tried to play it off like it wasn’t cold and having his morning coffee.
But I wasn’t buying it. We broke camp earlier than we planned and went to breakfast at the Salmon Bake to eat one last yummy meal and to warm up.
It was a beautiful sunny day with very little clouds as we were leaving Denali. As we drove towards Anchorage, with Mt. McKinley on the horizon, I recount the last week. It wasn’t easy, but I did it. I survived my first camping trip ever.
It actually wasn’t so bad (just don’t tell my husband) although my back may never be the same. The hikes, taking photos of the wildlife and the beautiful scenery made it all worthwhile. I just hope my husband doesn’t want to go camping again anytime soon.
Now we are headed of to Talkeetna, as my husband promised.