Denali NP and Kenai Peninsula – AK
August 11, 2004

After our ‘Dalton Highway’ adventure (and I have finally been able to add a photo album there, so you may want to check that post again) we started heading south. Let me add that for both of us this was definitely one of the highlights of the trip so far.

First stop was ‘Denali National Park and Preserve’ where we hoped to catch a glimpse on Mt. McKinley. For the last 2-3 months the mountain hadn’t been seen because of cloud cover. But lo-and-behold, the day we booked our tour of the Park the weather was absolutely gorgeous!!!!! The next day the clouds were back so we were very lucky indeed! And seeing the mountain in all its glory definitely motivated Stephen to go and climb it next year! We also saw 7 grizzlies (incl. a sow and 2 cubs) and some caribou and a moose, but all where too far to give good photo’s, so I’ve spared you the ‘try-and-spot-the-animal-pictures’.

From Denali NP we drove to Talkeetna, a small, laid-back town that serves as a base for climbing Mt. McKinley. We rather liked the place.

We then made our way to the Kenai Peninsula, where we slowed the pace down a bit. We actually spent 2 nights in one campground and then 2 nights in the next campground. It was nice to wind down a bit, read, sit by the tent, and we managed to organize the next 6 weeks! More about these plans in the next blog.

Greetings from Anchorage, AK.

Photos of Denali National Park

Photos of Talkeetna

Photos of the Kenai Peninsula