Monday, June 16, 2008

Alaskan Cruise Day 10

Today will end up as one of my favorite days of the trip. Up early, we had a family style breakfast in the Denali Theater at the Princess Denali Wilderness Lodge.

Denali National Park does not allow cars into the park pass a certain point. We were scheduled for a five hour Natural History Tour by bus into the park at 8:30 a.m. I am not sure that any of my pictures will do the trip justice. We went about 17 miles into the park above the forest and into the tundra. We saw a bull moose, a wolf and dall sheep.

Both Sharon and I regretted not taking one of the longer tours even deeper in the park. We talked some over the course of the day about coming back again in the future to go deeper into the park and maybe even camping for a few days.

During the tour the bus driver talked about the sled dog demonstration. Jack latched on to this idea. After a quick late lunch at subway, we headed back into the park and spent some time at the vistor center. From there, we took a bus to the sled dog kennel. Denali is the only National Park that uses working sled dogs. They patrol the park in the winter with dogs team.

After the dog sled demonstration, we decided to hike back to the visitor center via the roadside trail. This was a nice 1.9 mile hike.

There was some running amok at the vistor center around the bus back to the lodge. Eventually, we jumped on a bus going to a neighboring lodge and walked back to the Princess Lodge.

We finished the night with dinner at the Crow's Nest Overlook Restaurant and Bar. Sharon and I had halibut burgers. The bar has a selection of 72 beers...

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