Journey to Alaska: Photographic Wrap-Up (Part 3)

One of the things that we really looked forward to on our trip to Alaska was a visit to Denali National Park. Although the anticipation was great, we definitely weren’t disappointed.  Prior to leaving on our journey to Alaska we decided to make reservations at Riley Creek Campground as well as pre-purchase tickets for the Eielson Visitor Center tour.

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Our welcome to Denali National Park.
Our welcome to Denali National Park.

We booked the earliest tour to Eielson Visitor Center; 6:00 AM. We figured that we would have a better chance of seeing wild animals throughout the 8 hour trip. We weren’t wrong.  In all, we saw 9 brown bears, moose, a herd of caribou, Dall sheep, white ptarmigan, a golden eagle, and the top of Mt. McKinley (Denali); something that only 30% of visitors actually get to see.

A grazing caribou.
A grazing caribou.
A mother brown bear and one of her cubs.
A mother brown bear and one of her cubs.
A brown bear looking for berries...or a lone hiker!
A brown bear looking for berries…or a lone hiker!
A herd of bison along the road. They have the right-of-way when push comes to shove.
A herd of bison along the road. They have the right-of-way when push comes to shove.
A moose on the loose.
A moose on the loose.
This is about the closest you'll get to Dall Sheep.
This is about the closest you’ll get to Dall Sheep.
Being able to see the top of Mt. McKinley (Denali) means that we are part of the 30% group.
Being able to see the top of Mt. McKinley (Denali) means that we are part of the 30% group.
Denali is the only National Park that uses sled dogs. We got to see a sled dog demonstration up close and personal.
Denali is the only National Park that uses sled dogs. We got to see a sled dog demonstration up close and personal.
I was enjoying the beauty and solitude of Denali's hiking trails.
I was enjoying the beauty and solitude of Denali’s hiking trails.