Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

Travel Insanity Tour (Alaska) Day 10 September 9, 2009

Today we took a 12 hour tour of Denali National Park in which resides Mt. McKinley, the 2nd tallest mountain in the world.  Since it is doubtful (at this point in time at least) that I will ever see Everest, this is a pretty big deal for me.  And see it we did!  The mountain was totally clear for most of the morning.  The reason that this is important is that they estimate that only a quarter of people who come to see it get to see any of it.  The peaks or the middle, not even the whole thing.  We got to see the whole thing from top to bottom and it was amazing.  Plus, we saw nearly every animal that the park has to offer, including a dozen grizzly bears, caribou, a big bull moose, a red fox, rock sheep and snowshoe hares.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves on this one.

A Large Male Moose getting ready for mating season.

A Large Male Moose getting ready for mating season.

The tundra landscape of Denali

The tundra landscape of Denali

Another male moose with 2 females already in tow

Another male moose with 2 females already in tow

Mist on the tundra

Mist on the tundra

A group of Dall Sheep very far away on a hill side

A group of Dall Sheep very far away on a hill side

A momma grizzly and her cub

A momma grizzly and her cub

A closer shot of that duo

A closer shot of that duo

Mama looking for berries.

Mama looking for berries.

Believe it or not, this is the cub.  Grizzly bears care for their cubs for over 2 years!

Believe it or not, this is the cub. Grizzly bears care for their cubs for over 2 years!

A couple of Mountain Sheep Rams

A couple of Mountain Sheep Rams

The same guys.

The same guys.

Do I really need to caption this?  A wolf, and quite close!

Do I really need to caption this? A wolf, and quite close!

What are you looking at people?!?!?!?

What are you looking at people?!?!?!?

A group of Caribou

A group of Caribou

Another mama Grizzly and her two cubs

Another mama Grizzly and her two cubs

Mt. McKinley

Mt. McKinley

This is normally how obscured the mountain is.

This is normally how obscured the mountain is.

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Travel Knitting: Once again, zero.

 

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