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Denali Highway

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

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Beautiful sunny morning as we take off to drive the Denali Highway. The Denali Highway starts about 10 miles south of our campground and we make several stops before reaching the Denali Highway.
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Our first stop is for another informational sign about the Alaska Pipeline and then we stop at a beautiful lake to take some pictures and enjoy the reflection of the sky and mountain on the lake.
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After several more stops we finally get to the start of Denali Highway. The first 20 miles are paved, but the next 65 miles that we drive today are dirt.
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The scenery is nice, but we’re also hoping to see some wildlife. We end up seeing 4 moose, including a mama moose and her calf, 3 bald eagles, 3 porcupines and lots of squirrels.
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The skies have clouded up and we don’t think we have any chance of seeing Mt. McKinley, so we decide to turn around and head back after having a snack at The Gracious House.
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More Denali Highway scenery on the way back:
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Joe again has a wonderful time playing with the floating ice on the creek behind the trailer. The ice is coming off Fielding Lake, which yesterday was almost completely ice covered and today has a large portion without any ice. Later we take a walk around the campground and do some bird-watching. Lots of different birds here, including trumpeter swans and arctic terns.
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Joe’s feet finally get cold from being in the water, so we return to trailer and watch a History Channel video on the Alaska Pipeline.

Posted by jengelman 13:20 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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