Denali National Park

Bus 103 was scheduled to leave at 8:00am for our natural history tour of the Denali national park. Milling around with the gang is always fun. We still feel happy young, fit and very healthy.

Danny was our driver today and he showed us stuff round the park.

 

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Very spongy moss on the ground holds heaps of moisture above the permafrost.

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A grouse I believe.

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Bus 105 – there are many many buses through the day.

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A moose was sighted. The picture is from inside the bus and our buddies at the window didn’t seem able to pull the window down so we could get a shot. Nevertheless, Kerry has seen her moose. Tick.

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Denali – used to be called Mt McKinley – taken from 120km away. Must be a BIG mountain close up. It’s the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level.  We were lucky to see it relatively cloud free as there’s an estimate only 30% of visitors ever do so. Claims are made that it is actually bigger than Mt Everest which rises from a high plateau.

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There are presentations by great young Alaska native Atherbaskans who talk about their parents and grandparents history pre and since the arrival of the prospectors. They are great entertainers.

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This is the view from the resort.

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These are the seed pods from a tree that squirrels climb up and throw to the ground, then collect them and store them in a burrow for winter.

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It was a cold day, mostly overcast, but with a few breaks in the clouds at just the right time.

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