Episode 5: Exploring Denali National & State Parks
The worst part about my journey through Denali is that we didn't actually get to see "Denali", as in the mountain. We chose a particularly rainy month to visit the park, and thus we were not one of the lucky 30% of visitors to lay eyes upon this peak. But to be honest, there was so much to see that it was a magical experience none the less.
Watch our journey, and then see below for photos, tips, and links...
Denali from the bus
One unfortunate aspect of Denali National Park, is that unless you are one of the lucky few to win a road lottery, the only option is to take a bus tour. This can be particularly frustrating as a photographer. Yes, the bus will stop, but only at a few places and only for 10 minutes each - not enough time to get in your photography groove. You are allowed to stay off the bus, hike around, and catch another bus back - but my observation was that this can be difficult as buses are infrequent and often full. So I accepted my fate and prepared for my bus ride.
What I took with me:
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 (used for landscape shots at bus stops)
Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 (used for all wildlife shots)
iPhone with Osmo Mobile
Raingear and coats
Water & Snacks
What we saw (12 hour ride):
6 Grizzly Bears
3 Wolf pups
Places & Attractions
Here are links to some of the places we stopped and things we did in this episode:
Denali National Park- Research the website before you visit.
Denali Sled Dog Kennels- If you go to the park, make sure to see a demo!
Savage River Trails- The trails at mile 15 that you can drive to.
Horseshoe Lake Trail- The trail where we saw the muskrats with my friend Raini.
Mount Healy Overlook Trail- That trail with the amazing views!
Denali State Park- The state park has so much to offer too.
Kesugi Ridge Trail- The crazy muddy trail that Kendrick did.
Byers Lake Trail- The pretty lake that Mandy walked around.
49th Street Brewery- Located in Healy, AK.. the one with the bus.
Denali Brewing Company- Near Talkeetna, AK, worth a stop!
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