A subset of the pictures from the trip. As always, clicking on the picture will open a larger image.
These pictures cover the first stage of the trip. After flying to Anchorage, we picked up our rented RVs, shopped for groceries, and headed north up the George Parks highway to Denali National Park. A black bear crossing the road was our lone black bear sighting on the trip. We arrived at the park late in the day and drove 29 miles in to the campground. The Teklanika campground is the furthest one in that allows RVs.
Saturday we got up early to clear blue skies and caught the bus that would take us further into the park. This is the only way to get around inside the park. We booked our bus reservations months ago. The buses stop for any wildlife photo opportunities and we had quite a few. The bus ride was about eight hours round trip. This included numerous stops but the road conditions keep the buses moving slowly. The road is gravel and sometimes is reduced to one lane with hairpin turns. You never know what is going to be coming around the next corner. The views of Denali (Mt. McKinley) were fabulous. Along the way we saw Dall sheep (sheep dots for the most part), moose, a fox, beavers, caribou and grizzly bears.
Sunday we decided to stay close to camp and take it a bit easier. In the morning we did some hiking in the Teklanika river valley. Sometimes you can hike far out into the river bed and other times the various streams of the river would force you back onto the river bank. In the afternoon, we hiked up to an overlook near the campground. Much of this hiking was not on established trails, where we simply hiked through the forest or open fields. The ground is covered with deep mosses and other plants, so the ground sinks down with every step.
The next day we caught the bus again (no reservation needed this time) and headed to the Polychrome Pass area to do some more hiking. We were fortunate and got to see several grizzlies and caribou along the way. After leaving the bus, we hiked up to a ridge for some great views of Polychrome mountain and the Toklat river valley. We soaked in the enormity of it all as we ate our lunch. After getting back down to the road, we hiked along the road for a few miles before flagging down a bus to get back to the campground.