Two hours in and we arrived at Eielson again. It really is a beautiful place. Mt. McKinley was still a bit hidden, but it was a nice day.
|view from Eielson Visitor Center|
We tried to get pictures of the park road, and how it was pretty much straight down about a foot outside the bus.
|yeah, that's straight down...|
We did get to a place where we could still see Mt. McKinley, and it was (mostly) clear!
|Mt. McKinley is the white one...|
And now, what you all came here to see - animals!
|this fox was a mix - silver and red. his tail looked like a red panda's tail.|
So many caribou. Do you know the difference between caribou and reindeer? Reindeer can fly! But scientists say that they are identical in DNA. While watching the caribou on the snow, we got word that were were wolves up ahead in the creek bed! So off we went...
|do you see all three?|
Bears in different parts of the state eat different things. Bears at Denali eat a lot of plants. They dig up roots. Sometimes they catch a ground squirrel. It's the different food that makes their fur a lighter color than Kodiak bears, for example.
Our time at the Backcountry Lodge was really great. That fact became more and more apparent once we got out of the park and dumped into a big ball of tourists. As we were surrounded by people at the hotel (McKinley Chalet - never ever go there), at restaurants, on the train, I kept wishing I was back in that big vast area of nature. Next time, more than 2 nights...
Oh, one more thing - Jeff got attacked by a bear...
but don't worry, he's okay.
Up next, driving the Haul Road and sleeping in a caboose!