My wife Lori and I spent ten days in Alaska back in July. Of course, it was fantastic. We spend the majority of our time in Denali National Park and saw a fair amount of wildlife. In addition, we joined the ranks of the “30% club” — the percentage of visitors who actually get to see the summit of Mt. McKinley (Denali). Below are a few of my favorite images from the trip. Click here to see the full gallery.
This grizzly bear came strolling down a hillside and walked right past the park bus we rode, as if it wasn’t even there. Official estimates suggest that approximately 300 grizzly bears live in Denali National Park.
We saw six female moose on the road to Chena Hot Springs.
This sign by the shops just outside the entrance to Denali National Park shows the distances to several places around the world, including Mt. McKinley.
Clouds pass in front of Mt. McKinley (Denali), the highest peak in North America, but not enough to obscure the north and south summits. This view of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range is from Talkeetna, AK at the confluence of the Susitna, Chulitna, and Talkeetna Rivers.
Lori bushwhacks through the dwarf willow as we hike to the Park Road. The base of Mt. McKinley rises into the clouds in the background.
On our way to Creamer’s Field, a former dairy farm turned wildlife refuge in Fairbanks, we came across this beautiful hay field that had a view of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range to the south.