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The two RV Gypsies went to
Denali National Park
July 2 & July 3, 2009
Denali National Park was created in 1917 and has grown to over 6 million acres. You can only drive your own vehicle a short distance within the park - only up to mile 15. There are several site-seeing bus tours you can purchase. Leashed pets are allowed on the road and in entrance area campgrounds, but they can't be left unattended. There are many hiking paths throughout the park and the park offers discovery hikes. You can ride your bicycle along bike trails and along the main park road but not off-road.
sign by the road - Denali National Park
another sign by the road - Denali National Park
sign entering the park
The two RV Gypsies took a tour bus to the end of the road in Denali National Park - mile 90 - Kantishna. There were frequent stops with soda and cookies. This trip yielded a "grand slam" - views of Mt. McKinley, a grizzly bear, moose, caribou, fox, arctic ground squirrels, ......the only thing we missed seeing is a wolf. (bears so far away they can hardly be seen are "gummy bears" and they don't count).
bus sign
tour bus
A recent landslide in the park
a recent landslide in the park
a recent landslide in the park
a recent landslide in the park
a recent landslide in the park
A peek at the peak of Mt. McKinley (the white in the background)
- 20,320 feet tall (almost 4 miles high) -
a peek at the peak of Mt. McKinley
Beautiful mountains throughout Denali National Park
Beautiful mountains throughout Denali National Park
Beautiful mountains throughout Denali National Park
Beautiful mountains throughout Denali National Park
Beautiful mountains throughout Denali National Park
Karen Duquette
Karen Duquette
Beautiful mountains throughout Denali National Park
a glacier in the mountain
Beautiful mountains throughout Denali National Park
Beautiful mountains throughout Denali National Park

many of the mountains had Dall Sheep on them
- but all anyone ever sees without good binoculars is white specks - LOL

Dall sheep
Wicked, twisted roads and the steep cliffs below and above the road - yes, this road is for 2-way traffic - yes there was a close call coming around a corner.
a twisty road and steep cliff
a hiker on the edge of a cliff
a tour bus on the road
tour busses about to meet
a scary road
Lee by the road side
Lee looking over the cliff
an unpaved road

looking out the window of the bus
- riding near the edge of big cliffs and looking down -

riding near the edge of big cliffs
looking down the cliff side
looking down the cliff side
looking down the cliff side
Arctic Poppies - the tour bus driver said this was the only place they grew
Arctic Poppies
Arctic Poppies
Lee thought the snow splotches on the mountain looked like eyes and Denali could be a hat - the photo on the left looks like it has an angry up-turned lip.
mountain with eyeballs
mountain with eyeballs
mountain with eyeballs
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
Karen Duquette
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
Ponds and lakes with great reflections
pond and island
reflective pond
Lee Duquette
marsh
lake
lake
ponds
mtn and lake
A beaver dam
beaver warning sign
beaver dam
water and flowers
beaver dam
People on hiking trails - there are lots of hiking trails in the park
people hiking
Eielson Visitor Center - there was a black fox here, but the two RV Gypsies only got it on video camera, not in a photograph - Karen took photos of Mt. McKinley that she believes could win in a photography contest - so of course they won't be posted here.
sign - Eielson Visitor Center
poem by unknown author
Karen and a keep exploring sign
Lee grows antlers
Lee Duquette
flag
waterfall
This all day tour to the end of the road - ended at a lodge where we were greeted by pleasant servers, a salad, soup, and make-your-own sandwich bar, plus desert. Excellent food. Then we did some panning for gold. - no luck -
sign - Denali backcountry lodge
Karen Duquette

Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures in Denali, Alaska
July 2 - 6, 2009

You may visit these nine (9) sites in any order you choose.
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Travel, Mt. McKinley & an igloo

Denali National Park

Wildlife in Denali Nat'l Park

Entering Denali, the campground,
Jeff King's Husky Homestead, and more

panning for gold at Kantishna

sled dogs in training

dirty ATV backcountry tour

backcountry Jeep Safari

horse-drawn covered-wagon ride

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