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Denali National Park

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Denali National Park 2012

     My son Matt invited me to visit him in Alaska in September. He won one of the Denali State Lottery tickets from the park service's so he could drive to the end of Denali.

     These Lottery tickets are only given out four day a year in September. There are a total of 1,600 given out, 400 a day for cars and trucks. These tickets cost $25, non-refundable. If you are drawn you get to choose the day you would like to drive the road. The days available are Friday thru Monday.

     Matt chose Saturday September 15. I flew out of Seattle early Friday morning, we went and had breakfast then left for Denali. We checked in to our cozy little cabin, that Matt picked out for us, around 5 pm then took off for Denali to check in and get the ticket for our window. Without this ticket you can only drive in 12 miles for a slight park fee. With the ticket you can drive the whole 92.3 miles to the end of the road.

     We headed out around 6 PM and just barely down the road there was action. We stopped and saw nine Moose, one big bull. I counted his points and he was big. He was a 12 pointer with 4 eye guards. He was only 50 yards away.

     After quite a lot of photos we took off again and then there was lots more action. Around 8 PM we were blessed with two large bull Moose fighting. They fought for us for 25 minutes. Both locked horns, making lots of noise and breaking brush. The bull that lost was at least a 10 point but the bigger one was massive, he made the 10 point look small. After the action we left for the Cabin and to get dinner.

     The day of the 15th we entered the park at 7:30 AM and it was not long before we saw our first Moost at 7:45 AM. At 10:45 AM Matt and I got the treat of our lives. We saw a nice sow Grizzly and started taking photos. She put on quite a show. After she found a spot she wanted, she flopped on her bak and started rolling around. Throwing her paws up in the air then turning to bite a large block of wood. She did this for over 20 minutes. After 200 photos she decided to leave. I think the best part was we were only 10 yards away most of the time. Yes I know we were supposed to be 300 feet but I still felt safe enough to be that close to here! We were only at mile marker 34.7.

    We saw quite a lot of animals; two Eagles, Dall Sheep and a couple of big boar Grizzlys. We got to the end of the Denali road at 4:30 PM. We had gone a whole 92.3 miles in 9 hours, only 10 MPH. Lots of stops with so much to see.

   We had until Midnight to be out of the park but we decided we would try and make it back out at dark. Along the way back we saw Caraboo, six more Moose and two more big Grizzleys.  We were so lucky that we had the perfect day. It rained all around Denali but not inside. Finally making it out of the park at 8:30 PM we hit the rain and  headed to dinner and the cabin.

    On Sunday morning we left Denali park to head back to Anchorage, high winds and rain the whole way, go figure! Monday morning Matt picked me up and we took off to the "End of Turnagain Arm" as I had only seen it winter. After our great day together Matt dropped me off at the air port at 4:40 for the flight back to Seattle.

    This is a trip that I would wish for everyone! I feel sad that those that cannot do this trip are missing out on a life experience.  It is a must bucket list item to travel all of Denali and see all the wonders Alaska has to offer!!

      

         

     

     

 

 

 

 

   





 

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