We made reservations to take a shuttle tour into the park. There is only one road into the park and private vehicles are prohibited after the 15th mile, of the 88-mile road. It sounded like an interesting adventure. Animals, mountains, scenery, and the like abound, and someone else does the driving.
|Typical View On the Road Into Denali NP|
Road is Approx 1,000 Feet Above River Bed
|Viewing the Scenery and Reading Roadside Signs|
|Somewhere Out There is Mt McKinley|
It is Only Visible twenty-percent of the time
|One of Two Caribou That Ran In Front of the Bus|
It was a 6-1/2 hour tour, and I must say I was underwhelmed. Most of the road is bordered by trees and it totally blocks any views one would have. The other areas are open tundra, stretching for several miles. We did manage to see some dall sheep several times, although the distance at which they were, made them a mere white dot on the mountainside. About a half-hour from the end, two caribou darted out from the right, not fifty feet from the front of the bus. It woke up everyone that was napping. They trotted onto the road and proceeded to walk along. We have some good pictures and enjoyed seeing them close up.
|Me Trying Out my Eye Blinders Don Bought For Me|
The clouds moved on and there was actually full sun. The warmth felt so good. I also think I may wear ear plugs tonight. The Fairbanks to Anchorage road is not far from our campground, and the vehicles never stop. To make it worse, there is a section of road that causes the tires to sing for about 5 seconds on each vehicle. We will head out tomorrow for Anchorage, and see what we can. We would like to go to the Kenai Peninsula, and check that out.