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Denali National Park
August 5-9, 2003

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The next day the sun came out shining as if to make up for the crappy reception on our arrival. (See Journal for details of that). We attended the sled dog demo then booked the 8 hour bus tour, which is the only way to go any farther than 15 miles down the only road into the park.

This is a view along the first 15 miles that you can drive yourself into the park. That snow on top of the mountains is known as "termination dust" - the first snowfall of the season signalling the termination of summer. Wow, and it's only August!
This is the road that only the bus could travel on - I was glad I didn't have to drive it - mainly so I could look all around at the beauty all around.
The driver emphasized that this park was all about true wilderness - leaving nature to its own devices - leaving the wild animals wild and remembering that we are but visitors in their territory: six million untamed acres with the largest concentration of grizzly bear in the world. We didn't see the great mountain that day, but the clouds that covered him provided the coolness that contributes to the bears coming closer to the road. So we saw at least 13 of them, and we watched the cubs frolicking in the water with their mom. One mom had 3 cubs, and it was fun watching the cubs go over the ridge out of her sight, then scampering back at her bellow.
Here I decided to fulfill another long-time wish I had - to go whitewater rafting. The brochures showing the class 3-4 rapids of the Nenana River convinced me this was the time to fulfill that dream. How romantic to be able to say that my first whitewater experience was at Denali National Park in Alaska!
Another wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience here in this magical land - I'm losing count but not appreciation for the things I've been able to do in the past 3 months. The guide said the river was down a bit, so the rapids that day were only class 3, but it sure was a blast anyway. And when I'm a little old lady I can say I rafted down the Nenana River in the wilds of Alaska!
Next stop - Kluane Lake
 
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Savannah
  
2002
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