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Greg Perkins
07-26-2006, 12:00 PM
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Dylan Gramlich
07-26-2006, 12:01 PM
I LOVE DENALI PARK!!!!!
it is probably the coolest thing ever i saw a grizzly bear stalking a moose and another moose nearby. along with many awesome views

Al Skierkiewicz
08-26-2006, 04:47 PM
Greg,
I hope you had a great time in Denali. It was one of the most awe inspiring places I have ever been to. I was not prepared for this having thought most national parks had lots of trees. It ranks up there with the Grand Canyon for sweeping vistas and the sheer distance of scale when looking across the great valley. It looks like you had good weather that day.

Jeremiah Johnson
08-26-2006, 10:32 PM
Never heard of Denali Park. Where's it at?

Jay H 237
08-26-2006, 10:35 PM
Never heard of Denali Park. Where's it at?
Alaska



Greg, how long did you stay there and did you get to see other areas of Alaska?

Al Skierkiewicz
08-27-2006, 08:33 PM
Denali National Park is about 1-2 hour drive southwest of Fairbanks. It is a nice couple of hours by train and I highly recommend that mode. Denali is the Native word for Mt. McKinley, I think the highest peak in the US, Mt. Ranier is the highest in the lower 48. Unlike most of the national parks, you may not drive through in your own vehicle. There are several methods of travel, one is by bus with a guide who explains the sights as you drive through the park and points out wildlife and vegetation. The roundtrip is about 10 hours depending on the wildlife stops. No need to worry in summer, the sun doesn't set until after 10 PM. Because of the permafrost at higher elevations, there is very little vegetation taller than 1-2 feet once you get away from the entrance of the park. While there, we saw moose, Dahl sheep, bear, ptarmigan (the state bird) elk in small numbers, eagle, the list just goes on and on. We were not able to see Denali while in the park because the mountain makes it's own weather. The next day however, we had a clear view for the entire day. We took a driving tour on the state road and by train and viewed it from both. A rare occasion we could even see it from Anchorage when we got there. What is amazing in Anchorage is the 24 foot tides that take place. Part of the day there is water and part of the day there is mud and when the tide comes back in watch out. A mixing of the fresh water from the glaciers running against the incoming saltwater produces a 2-3 ft "boar tide". We actually saw people trying to surf it although it is really cold.

Greg Perkins
08-28-2006, 11:22 AM
Greg,
I hope you had a great time in Denali. It was one of the most awe inspiring places I have ever been to. I was not prepared for this having thought most national parks had lots of trees. It ranks up there with the Grand Canyon for sweeping vistas and the sheer distance of scale when looking across the great valley. It looks like you had good weather that day.

I did Al, thank you. Alaska made me realize how insignificant we are in this world, the views were breathtaking, and the weather that day was phenominal.


Greg, how long did you stay there and did you get to see other areas of Alaska?

Jay, we went on a cruise/land tour. It was 13 days total, and we spent a whole day in Denali. Seeing Alaska by sea, and by train was awe-inspiring.



I've included some photos I took,

1. Mount Mckinley

2. Denali

3. A Glacier from a plane tour we took.

Al Skierkiewicz
08-28-2006, 11:56 AM
Greg,
Sounds like the same trip we took. We went through Holland America.

DonRotolo
08-28-2006, 12:10 PM
Love that glacier photo, looks like a smooth graded highway 40 lanes wide...

Don

Al Skierkiewicz
08-29-2006, 10:32 AM
Here are two views. One is from our jeep tour on the state highway the other is looking back over our shoulder from the train. BTW, the middle picture above is one of the most awe inspiring places. It is like the Grand Canyon with the peaks in the distance over 14 miles away across the valley. And the glaciers almost 18 miles away even though they look so close.