Monday, July 04, 2005

Denali National Park

Happy 4th of July! We arrived at Denali National Park today. And as to be expected it started raining just after we set up camp. Eventually the rain let up and we decided to explore the park. You can drive the first 15 miles of the park road but after that the road is closed unless you have a permit (i.e. a tour / shuttle bus, camping at the campground further in the park (once you go in your vehicle is there for a minimum of 3 days)). We drove the 15 miles stopping to enjoy the views, watched a moose and visited a ranger cabin. At the 15 mile mark there is a trail that follows a river. Zaph couldn’t believe it but dogs aren’t allowed on any trails in the park so Ed and I walked the trail on our own (Zaph was very sad). Part way along the trail we saw 2 marmots — now these guys are cute, further along we saw a number of ground squirrels.

the start of the "Tundra" of the Alaskan range

A pair of Marmots at play

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