Hello friends! I have been off the map again- I was away for most of June without my computer, so didn’t have a chance to blog…I have some great catch-you-up posts coming though 🙂
Joe and I were invited to a wedding in Anchorage, Alaska and decided to take the opportunity to see some other friends and do some backpacking around Denali National Park.
We arrived in Anchorage and went straight to our friends house in Eagle River. We hadn’t seen them since they came out for our wedding and they had since had a baby girl!
The next day was the wedding. Joe and I did a quick hike on Mt. Baldy and then checked into our hotel to get ready.
Bride and Groom were stunning and it was a beautiful wedding!!
The morning after the wedding we were up and out early to make the long(ish) drive up to Denali National Park. Once there, we set about getting our backcountry permit and tickets for the camper bus.
We set up camp outside of the park for the night and explored the “town” (ie: a strip of shops and restaurants).
The next morning we boarded the camper bus and headed about 36 miles into the park where we got off and planned to hike/set up camp for the night.
It was a very forested area right on a river and was actually pretty known for wildlife.
So…I managed to get a few hours of sleep even though Joe was charged by a moose right outside our tent and there was zero darkness. haha
The next morning we packed up and trekked back out to the road. We were able to catch a passing bus and head deeper into the park to do some day hiking. We ended up hiking around the Polychrome Pass area and had planned on heading up a certain route until we spotted a HUGE grizzly with a cub in the distance!
These were actually the 6th and 7th grizzlies we had seen since entering the park, but these two were by far the closest and the fact that they were right in our intended path was pretty crazy!
Joe and I stood and watched them (through binoculars) for quite a while. The mama was laying on her back playing with her cub on her belly. Then she repeatedly ran up a hill and rolled back down. By far one of the coolest things I had ever seen!
In addition to the 7 Grizzlies, we also saw 9 moose, hundreds of caribou and Dall Sheep, arctic hares, ptarmigans, and ground squirrels. Here’s a few of the wildlife pics we managed to get 🙂
When our time was up, we caught a camper bus out of the park and headed to the small town of Talkeetna for the night!
We managed to snag a cute little cottage for the night and then headed out on the town for some fun.
The next morning we hung out in the town shopping and eating until it was time to head back to Anchorage and catch our flight. We had an epic time in Alaska and are already planning another trip back someday!
Ever been to Alaska?