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Denali National Park - Journey into the Alaskan Wilderness

We had a morning to kill before the bus ride to the Denali Backcountry Lodge, so we took the shuttle up to the Denali National Park Visitor Centre and learned a bit more about the flora and fauna and the history of the gold rush.

I particularly liked the recipe for blueberry pie made famous by one of the early pioneers, Fanny Quigley. First, catch, your bear … – see the photo for the full recipe! Life was very tough here.
Denali National Park Fanny Quigley's Recipe for Blueberry Pie
Fanny Quigley's Recipe for Blueberry Pie

Take the Bluebird into the Wilderness

Denali National Park Travelling on the Bluebird

Flora and Fauna - The Big 5

The bus ride on the Bluebird was long, but we were rewarded with sightings of 4 of the “Big 5″ – caribou, bear, dall sheep and moose along the way. I didn’t take any pictures of the dall sheep – they looked like a few white dots on the mountains to me, even with the telephoto lens! The elusive fifth is the wolf – but that is a very rare sight jndeed.

Denali National Park Alaskan Caribou
Alaskan Caribou
Denali National Park Alaskan Moose
Alaskan Moose
Denali National Park Grisly Brown Bear - Alaska
Grisly Brown Bear

What I'm Reading

My reading material for this section of the journey was maybe a bad choice – “Alaska Bound – One Man’s Dream, One Woman’s Nightmare, by Tammy Jones – www.AlaskaBoundTammyJones.com. It is a true story about building a log cabin in the Alaskan wilderness.

Intense cold, dark, icy water and bears all feature in it. As we approach the wilderness, it is giving me some anxiety about what lies ahead – especially as it is a true story!

Mount McKinley

It was a clear, sunny day, so we were able to get a good view of Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in the world (in elevation – Mount Everest is the highest). The landscape here is majestic and beautiful and hard to capture on a photo. You really have to be here to appreciate it.
Anchorage Mount McKinley
The elusive Mount McKinley

Our lodgings were very basic indeed, but then, this is the wilderness. We were advised that a key would be superfluous here – I could see what they meant …

Denali National Park Denali Lodgings
The accommodation is a bit basic - but then, this is the wilderness!