Land Ho. Monday September 12. Okay, I admit I do take some dramamine because we are going to be on a bus all day. You never know - better safe thank sorry. Ray did check around midnight for the Northern Lights. Alas, too much cloud cover. We never did see them.
2 pm tour bus for the Tundra Wilderness Tour. Book this now........wow, what a splendid day.
Justin, our tour guide, was studying for his masters in biology. He's been studying wolves. His gig as a Denali bus driver is a bonus for us - the man knows his park, the animals, and he sought to give us the best experience possible.
The National Park system of the USA is a treasure and funds should not be cut. That's my political statement of the day. In Denali they maintain a natural eco-system. No interference. What lives. What dies. That's how it goes. No hunting or thinning of herds. It's maintained naturally. Regulated buses run during the day. The park shuts at night. Only a certain amount of certified photographers are allowed in per day. It is controlled for a good reason - try to NOT interfere with mother nature. I was very impressed.
Denali is the size of Massachusetts. Again the scale is mammoth and it's reassuring to know there is so much wild still not developed. Trust me - go see and you'll be glad.
Caribou had migrated already. We could see the tracks. One lumbering grizzly sought berries. His huge paws dug furiously and found a yield. Justin stopped the bus and we watched him. He dug, strolled, walked in front of our bus, and proceeded to continue his search for food. The whole bus stayed quiet as we snapped pictures. He was SO big and just freaking amazing.
Altogether, in our seven hour day (which flew by), we saw eight grizzly, eight moose (they are humongous), grouse,squirrels, bear cubs, an eagle,and a rainbow.
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