|Bus Safari through Denali|
On day 1 we took the green bus as far as we could. Wendy, our driver, was great about giving narration along the way as well as stopping and pointing out wildlife. We were looking for the Big 5; Moose, Caribou, Bear, Wolf, and Dall Sheep. We got pretty lucky and saw four out of the five. The wolf was the elusive one but we knew that going in.
|Moose; the biggest deer|
|View of the 'Great One': Denali|
Day 2 we wanted to devote more to hiking. We spent the first part of the morning checking out the national park sled dogs which was a blast. You can read about that here. Then we jumped on a free shuttle that goes 15 miles into the park to a place called Savage River. From here we set off on a well manicured river loop trail, but instead of looping back we continued on a small trail that went farther and farther into the valley. It was a beautiful and secluded place. The only movement around us was the constant flow of the river and groups of Dall sheep playing on the cliffs above us. We walked in the rain for a bit but then even that passed leaving the valley with misty dew clinging to the rocks and vegetation. Looking back on our time in Denali I honestly see why it draws so many people to adventure here every year. The vastness is quite overwhelming, and the landscape a bit foreboding, but there is a draw here which is easy to see.
|Secret Valley all to ourselves|
|Arctic Ground Squirrel|