Continued from the previous page.
Speaking of shaggy and in need of a combing, the bus driver spotted this
coyote crossing the road near Polychrome Pass:
We saw lots of caribou in lots of places. Some were in small groups,
some just solo. Most were in meadows, although some were walking right
down the middle of the road like bears, moose, and other critters do.
Here are a few of them:
Everybody on my Kantishna bus was friendly and even the avid photographers
with those huge zoom lenses readily let
others take shots from their window when we saw bears and other
critters. I was on a bus ride three years ago when one jerk hogged the
best viewing points for every animal we saw.
SCENES FROM THE RETURN TRIP
On the way back a large group of campers and hikers boarded at Wonder Lake.
They filled the remaining seats so I had a seatmate from there to Tek. That
was fine. He was a young man who has done a lot of traveling and it was
interesting to talk with him.
Here are some more photos I took on the return trip:
Above and below: Rest area at
south end of Wonder Lake; when Jim and I were here in
August, 2012 we picked lots of blueberries
on the hillside but it's too early for them this time.
Pond (foreground) and McKinley riverbed between
Wonder Lake and Eielson; Denali's still hiding.
We finally got a glimpse of Denali's lower
snow-covered slopes as we approached Eielson
from the west but we couldn't see any of its other
side from that visitor center.
McKinley River valley and mountains south of the
Eielson Visitor Center
Toklat River valley
Toklat Ranger Station and bookstore at Mile 53,
one of several regular
rest breaks/potty stops for inbound and outbound shuttle buses.
Partial view of Denali across the Toklat riverbed; fireweeds in
bloom in the gravel
Colorful mountains near Sable Pass
Teklanika River at the bridge, 2+ miles from home
The Kantishna bus was 15 minutes late at Tek this morning and got behind
a little bit more during the day because of the numerous animal sightings. I
got back to the Tek CG about 6:45 PM. I wasn't as tired as I thought I'd be.
I got off at every stop to walk around and I had plenty with me to eat
I can recommend this long trip if you have the time and an interest in
seeing the terrain and buildings past the Wonder Lake rest stop at Mile 85.
link if you'd like to read details (lots
of details -- I just scanned it in a few minutes) and
see photos about the mining history at Kantishna.
Small ranger station between Wonder Lake and
Kantishna, a very remote place to be stationed
I'm looking forward to going out two more times to Wonder
Lake and Eielson/Polychrome for hiking while we're at Tek. The weather
is supposed to be more clear the next two days.
While I was gone Jim rode Casey on the bike twice (she insisted!),
including back to the Tek rest area again. He also rode another 15 miles
alone on the park road. He plans a longer ride tomorrow.
Next entry: another great day in Denali on Tek Pass Ride #2 --
hiking the ridge above Eielson Visitor Center and along the road at Wonder Lake
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2015 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil