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  • Page Number: 1
    The front of the lodge was a makeshift bus terminal when we arrived. There were several national park tours departing as well as Princess buses coming and going.
    The National Park only allows their buses in which are just a step up from a school bus.
    Stepping onboard our bus.. our bus driving giving the rules of the road. Also you will notice a drop down video monitor on the left. He had a camera and was able to show animals on the screen for those who could not find them. I somehow managed not to take any pictures of this in action.
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    Entering the National Park.. of course just as some people walk by the sign to get in the way! It was about 2:45pm as we entered the park.
    The start ride took us on a paved road through forests.
    The rail line goes through the park.
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    One of the buildings near the visitor complex. I forget what they said this was. We did not stop.
    The visitor center is in the trees..
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    Some roadwork going on.
    The park headquarters. The sign reference how far from the park entrance. So we were just beginning. We would travel to mile post 62 to turn around.
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    The road ahead. You can see the dust being kicked up as we will leave the pavement behind at mile marker 13 as well as almost all private vehicles.
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    A better picture of the road ahead.
    The Savage River snaking its way through the valley.
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    Off to the right our first animal sighting of the trip, some caribou.
    Off to the left a moose and her calf.
    At the Savage River Check Point a ranger boarded to go over some rules before we traveled further.
  • Page Number: 8
    Looking back at the road we just traveled down.
    The road ahead cutting through the trees
    If you were curious on time it was 3:45pm now.
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    Along the way are cabins that were used when the park road was built. Now used by the rangers. Notice the door has nails sticking out.. that is to keep the bears out.
    I believe this is the Sanctuary River.
  • Page Number: 10
    A young eagle overhead.
    Our first rest stop came about 4:00pm at an overlook, I missed the name. After a 5 minute safety briefing on what to do if various animals show up we disembarked. Here is our bus.
    The restroom buildings were nicer than I would have thought.
  • Page Number: 11
    An overlook beyond the restrooms.
    Down below a river. I think this was the Tekanika River.
  • Page Number: 12
    The road we will be on soon.
    The green buses were internal shuttle buses for the park.
  • Page Number: 13
    Back on the road again..
  • Page Number: 14
    Igloo Creek
    We spotted a moose and calf running down the creek.
  • Page Number: 15
    The driver commented how this was a little odd how fast they were moving.
    At the next rest area the driver talked to some other drivers and seems there were to calves originally and the bus before us saw a grizzly bear take down one a little further upstream and we caught the tail end where the remaining two were running for safety.
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    Moving on. Not sure which mountain this is..
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    We came upon three grizzly bears. Can you spot the them in this picture. They were quite a ways away.. this was taken at 300mm and they still looked like dots.
    Cropping the photo above..
  • Page Number: 18
    Where we were heading. I think this is Sable Pass..
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    I think this is the Toklat River
    Plenty of buses on the roadway.
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    The Polychrome Area
    The roadway here had some decent drop offs and no guard rails.. so those of us on the left side of the bus had an interesting view..
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    Looking down...
    The river below.
    Dall Sheep on the hills nearby.
  • Page Number: 23
    It was cloudy today.. no rain yet but not good for taking pictures of the mountains. The driver said if you get clear skies the odds of animals go down.. so do you want landscape or animal pictures..
    From the Plychrome Overlook we spotted a grizzly bear down along the river.. can you spot it?
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    A closer view. It is about dead center in this picture. This is at 300mm.
    Cropping the image to help out.
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    Another Dall Sheep on the hill (the white dot).
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    Here you can see most of our bus looking for or watching the bear.
    Looking ahead sheep were in the roadway slowing down buses.
  • Page Number: 28
    One last picture of the bear before boarding the bus. It had moved even further away.
    The sheep decided to walk on the road and it was too narrow to pass them.
    So the bus in front of us nudged them along.
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    Plenty of sheep in the area now.
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    Our next restroom break was at Toklat River mile post 53.
  • Page Number: 32
    There was an information tent (and bookstore/giftshop) here.
    A look around.
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    A quick look inside the tent.
  • Page Number: 35
    An exhibit explaining the tundra we were seeing.
    More safety information.
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    If you were curious here is the inside of the bus.
    Back on the road.
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    Came upon another moose.
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    Of course it turned around back in the trees!
    Looking back at where we had traveled.
    More caribou.
  • Page Number: 41
    A rainbow nearby. It was drizzling on and off as we traveled now.
    This was the end of the road for us. Mt McKinley was out there somewhere. This is the overlook at mile post 62.
  • Page Number: 42
    We did not stop so had to grab a picture on the go and managed to get the milepost. It was just after 7:00pm
    The road continues on to Kantishna at mile post 92.
    I believe he said the mountain was out there in the clouds.. but now that I am looking at the pictures all the clouds and mountains look the same.
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    Passing by the caribou again.
  • Page Number: 45
    Made a quick restroom stop. We were the second to last bus of the day so the tent had closed already.
    Back on the road again.
  • Page Number: 46
    Doll Sheep on the rocks above us.
  • Page Number: 47
    An eagle circling overhead. The driver said it was looking for a young lamb to go after.
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    A decent shot of a ram.
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    We had to wait for them to clear the road again.
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    Now an interesting find. At first we all thought this was a bear.. but upon closer examination and long lenses it was a wolverine.
    A cropped look a the previous photo.
    To give a better idea at size.. this picture is at 135mm only.
  • Page Number: 51
    Back to 300mm.
    It was moving rather quickly.
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    Here is a wider shot at 80mm to close with.
    We continued on and spotted a grizzly bear ahead in the bus (the road is off on the left to give you an idea of distance).
    We pulled up as it climbed and a mother and couple year old cub were on the hillside next to us.
  • Page Number: 53
    Take a look at those claws (a cropping of the photo above).
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    A wider shot to show the area (this was at 38mm)
    At 270mm..
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    Cropped of the last picture at full resolution.
    A wide shot (28mm)
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    A video clip of the bears.
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    A wider shot in the bus to give an idea of what I was shooting through.
  • Page Number: 58
    One last video clip before moving on.
    As we continued back the weather got worse.
  • Page Number: 59
    As we passed by the checkpoint he did not venture out, just waved.
    I believe this is where the Natural History tours turn around at mile 13.
  • Page Number: 60
    A train trestle
    A moose along the road near the visitor center. This one is collared for tracking and the driver said always hangs around the area..
  • Page Number: 61
    On the way out I turned back to get a clear picture of the sign (well through rain water on the window). It was 10:30pm.
    Almost back to the lodge and ready for dinner.
  • Page Number: 62
    At dinner then made our way back to the room to copy some pictures and sleep. Here is a quick look out the window before bed.. it was 12:26am.
    That wraps up our trip to Denali. It was a long day but well worth the hours on the bus for the animal sightings.

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