July 9-21, 2005
Denali National Park
The sign at the park entrance.
Another sign as you enter the park after the Visitor Center.
As our luck was, we got stopped at a railroad crossing by a pair of beautiful Alaska Railroad diesel-electric locomotives pulling freight cars.
The lead locomotive, #4324, is EMD SD70MAC; it was built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors. It first went into service
in 2004 and is rated at 4,000 horsepower. The second locomotive is unidentified although it is most likely identical to the first one.
Inside the park the 89-mile long road is gravel.
The first animal we saw after about two hours of bus ride was a ground squirrel. The bus did stop for this sight.
The next animal we saw was a Dall Sheep, way, way up the mountain. This picture was taken with zoom lens.
A close-up view of the Dall Sheep.
A caribou standing on a snow patch.
A close-up view of the same caribou.
The Denali National Park has 6 million acres of land but about 7,000 animals of all kinds. This would come to nearly one animal per 1,000 acres.
The road did not have a rail guard. Just like the road up the Pike's Peak.
The road is carved out of the mountainside. You have to watch the road edge on left and the fallen rocks on right.
Our bus driver was a young woman.
An animal was sighted, and someone yelled "STOP." Here, the bus has come to a stop,
and everyone is on one side of the bus trying to get a good look and/or take a picture.
The Denali National Park does have its own weather system.
Someone on the bus who had sharp eyes or a pair of binoculars saw this animal and
yelled STOP. Remember that this is a close-up view using a zoom lens.
A close-up view of the caribou eating grass.
Two Dall sheep.
A close-up view of a Dall sheep eating grass.
Most mountains had rugged tops and grass at lower elevation.
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