Eureka! to quote Archimedes

As he jumped into his bath…

Yes,
We have found it!!!!

Throughout 2015 and 2106 the National Parks Organization has been promoting it’s centenary year of 2016.  Their tag line has been “FIND YOUR PARK”

Since our first visit to a National Park in 2002 we have visited 31 of the 59 National Parks and many other places in the National Park’s System – National Seashores, National Lakeshores, National monuments, etc.

Having spent the last 10 nights dry camping – 11 days of total peace and quiet (no phone service, no internet!) in the 31st National Park we visited, we are unanimous that this is the one for us.  Denali!

It is a very magical place.  Alaska itself makes us want to come back as many times as we can, but Denali National Park just makes us not want to leave!

Maybe we love it because of the system which makes it the least accessible for you to drive in order to protect the ecosystem.  Maybe it is the scenery – we caught about the peak of fall color. Maybe it is the numbers of wide “braided” rivers. Maybe it is because of the varied wildlife we spotted on every trip through the park. Maybe it was the stellar Aurora Borealis we saw two nights ago. Maybe it is because of The Mountain ( we saw it out, as they say, four times!).

Here are some images from the Mountain and the wildlife we saw.  We were fortunate to see four of the “Big Five” in Denali: Grizzly Bear, Moose, Caribou and Dall Sheep.  Unfortunately the Wolf evaded us. Sorry for the long post accommodating so many images.

The Mountain Is Out Today

The Mountain Is Out Today

Denali and Tundra

Denali and Tundra

Polychrome Valley and Autumn Tundra

Polychrome Valley and Autumn Tundra

Braided River in Denali National Park

Braided River in Denali National Park

Grizzly Bear feasting on wild berries

Grizzly Bear feasting on wild berries

Grizzly aka Alaskan Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)

Wildlife photographs of Moose (Alces alces) Laying in a Kettle Pond

Bull Moose (Alces alces) Laying in a Kettle Pond

Male Caribou with Large Antler set

Male Caribou with Large Antler set

Dall Sheep (Ovis dalli) called Dall Dots by the Park Drivers

Dall Sheep (Ovis dalli) called Dall Dots by the Park Drivers

Willow Ptarmigan, The Alaska State Bird

Young Male Willow Ptarmigan, The Alaska State Bird

Migrating (South) Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Migrating (South) Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Arctic Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus parryii)

Arctic Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus parryii)

Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights

Teklanika River immediately behind our campsite

Teklanika River immediately behind our campsite

 

Gear: Nikon D4s, Nikon D800, Nikkor 80.0-400.0mm f/4.5-5.6 VRIII, Nikkor TC-17 EII, Nikkor 18.0-35.0 f/3.5-4.5, Nikkor 24.0-70.0mm f/2.8, RRS Tripod and Ball Head, Lexar Digital Film

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11 Responses to Eureka! to quote Archimedes

  1. Morley Thomson says:

    Quite spectacular shots on an intreaging adventure … a pleasure even to be an armchair spectator. Seeing this led me back through your earlier blogs. ENJOY life fully, Morley.

  2. WOW! WoW! And WOW again!!!!! The Mountain made my heart sing and Aurora Borealis brought fond memories of my days up North where we we lay in the snow on winter nights and watch them dance across the night sky. Thank you. Keep up the good journey:) xo

  3. Godfried Schwering says:

    Great photos. IT looks like you had a wonderful time there.

  4. Nancy Mossip says:

    Fantastic post about an awesome experience. You both seem very happy and are taking it all in. Enjoying hearing about your adventures. Take care and talk soon I hope. Hugs. Nancy

  5. Mary & Drew Davis says:

    What beautiful pictures you have posted! A spectacular visual story to support your incredible journey!
    Mary & Drew xoxo

  6. JIM AND AGNÈS KRANIAS says:

    Richard and Louise, what a privilege to share your beautiful and spectacular photos. It is always an education for us when we receive your emails and links. Happy travels and keep the comment and photos coming.

  7. Lynn says:

    Love the photos…..

  8. Bruce KAY says:

    Very nice photos Richard and Louise. Your article sounds like the perfect tourist advertisement for the Denali region. Hope you get that wolf!!

  9. R & L says:

    Many thanks of the kind words. We really appreciate knowing folks are “listening” to our travels. R & L

  10. Jo & Frank Fleischman says:

    Spectacular!

  11. David J. Rowe says:

    Awesome photos! Excellent equipment!
    Thank you very much for the updates.
    Many more miles(km)of happy trails…
    Sincerely,
    David & Aunt Bobbie

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