Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Day 6 in Alaska- Down into Denali (Savage River Stay)

Today we entered one of the largest national parks in the US, covering 6 million acres of uninhabited land. In fact, it's the 3rd largest national park. The 1st, 2nd, and 4th largest national parks are also located in Alaska: Wrangell-St. Elias (1st), Gates of the Arctic (2nd), and Katmai (4th). The largest national park in the continental US is Death Valley spanning across California and Nevada, and the 5th largest across all national parks in the United States. Then it's back to Alaska for numbers 6 and 7 (Glacier Bay and Lake Clark) before number 8 (Yellowstone) returning it back to the continental United States.

Did you enjoy that fun factoid? If not... I'm sorry... but at least I only wasted a brief moment of your time. Anyway... let's progress.

Brian, I, and a many others from the wedding came to Denali to spend 3 or more days camping in Denali. The two main attractions: the scenery and the wildlife.

On our first day in the park we got to see 2 moose not far from the road within only a few miles within the national park. Those were the only wildlife we got to experience that day unfortunately.

We set up camp at Savage River for the evening. Can anyone count the amount of tents? I think there should be 6 sleeping tents and 1 covered eating area tent. If I got the lingo wrong I apologize... I'm new to camping... so please forgive me.

Then we ran off along one of the hiking trails- Mountain Vista.

We were surrounded by mountains.

And then of course we went on down to the river. We were hoping to find wildlife, but sadly we returned disappointed.

The scenery was beautiful; however, I might also add that when we were there it wasn't as clear as normal because of wildfires miles and miles away. Thus the smoke often softened the view of everything and other mountains in the distance weren't visible.

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