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Grizzlies! Denali National Park

Monday, June 25, 2007

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Today we have shuttle tickets to take the bus to Wonder Lake and back. The bus picks us up at 6:40am and we won’t return til around 4:30pm.
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We made reservations on the first bus of the day with hopes of seeing more wildlife earlier in the day. The bus driver is great. She tells us a lot of information about the park and stops whenever we see an animal and then gives us lots of info about the animal. Even though the ride is 10 hours, it doesn’t seem that long since we stop often
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and the bus driver is telling us interesting things about what we’re seeing.

It’s cloudy, so we don’t see any of Mt. McKinley
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But we see 7 grizzlies, including a mom and her two cubs who are very playful:
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We also see lots of caribou, including a large herd on top of a hill
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We see lots of Dall sheep up on the rocky ledges, 1 moose, and several other smaller animals and birds.

We had originally planned to get off the bus at Wonder Lake and take a hike for an hour or two, but when we get to Wonder Lake we find that the mosquitoes are everywhere – the worst that we’ve ever seen. The campers getting on the bus at Wonder Lake all have mosquito nets on their heads.
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We can barely stand being outside for 10 minutes. We put DEET on our neck and hands so no bites, but the swarms of mosquitoes flying around us is more than we can stand. We quickly get back on the bus and decide to just stay on the bus for the remainder of the day – we really like our driver. We’ll hike tomorrow.
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We spend the evening relaxing and going to a ranger talk about the first people to hike Mt McKinley, the elusive mountain that we hope to see before we leave the park.

Posted by jengelman 13:34 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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