Denali National Park

Denali National Park

After a great week on Prince William Sound we headed off to Denali National Park.  The last week of September is the last week to park facilities are open.  If you like to have a national park all to yourself,  the end of September is the only time to go.  Even with a few days of snow flurries, the weather was quite mild.  No…the weather was perfect!

The bus system can get you anywhere you want to go.  But we were determined to see some moose.  So, we spent most of our days in our own car driving the main park road that had the most “watch for rutting moose” signs. Unfortunately, moose cannot read and were no where to be seen. Regardless, the country is spectacular.

We did one bus tour that took us 90 miles up to Kantishna, the last stop on an amazing, winding, gravel road that is only open to a few cars that have to enter a lottery.

The country was amazing…
Fall in Denali Park

The Dall Sheep was the icing on the cake…
Dall's Sheep in Denali

Dall's Sheep in Denali

Dall's Sheep

Dall's Sheep in Denali

The Ptarmigan at this time of year are just starting to turn white. In a couple of months they will be pure white…
Ptarmigan in Denali

Prince William Sound Aboard m/v Discovery

Prince William Sound Aboard m/v Discovery

The “Alaska Season” is pretty short by Lower 48 standards.  May through September is about it.  We decided it was about time we see some of the wonders of that wonderful, wild place.  Since we can’t help ourselves, when an interesting adventure that centers around a boat, we opted to join a Sierra Club Adventure to PrinceWilliam sound aboard the classic motor vessel DiscoverySitting just off Harriman glacier.

Waiting Off Harriman Glacier

Click here to see a short a video slide show of our amazing adventure…

There was no shortage of critters in Prince William Sound…
Glad we were downwind from this amazing gang of Sea Lions
Sea Lions near Dutch Group, Prince William Sound

Around every bend we we were entertained by Otters like these guys
Sea Otter Along Port Wells, Prince William Sound

There’s nothing quite like a Dall’s Porpoise enjoying the bow wave
Dall's Porpoise Along Port Wells, Prince William Sound

I was anticipating at least a few bears getting in a late meal of salmon. Unfortunately, by late September all we saw of the salmon were their scattered remains. Consequently, the bears where no where to be seen.

We saw only a couple of humpback whales during our week on the sound. And they were a long way off spoiling any photo ops. I suspect most were already headed out on their migration to warmer waters to the south.

A few more Discovery pic’s…
Coriena

Harriman Glacier

Day 5 Hike

Day 5 Hike

Waiting Off Harriman Glacier