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Denali National Park, Alaska

Denali National Park, Alaska

Drive to Denali

The drive from Anchorage to Denali was the easiest 5 hours I've spent behind the wheel.

Glimpses of the Denali mountain range lured us from the distance.

If only the roads in the Midwest were like this.

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Our first close-up look at Alaska's moraine.

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Some parts of the dirve were less scenic.

Wal-Mike's was a little creepy and not teribly inviting.

Watch out for bears in these parts.

Words of wisdom: “If it's black, fight back. If it's brown, lie down.”

We passed by a giant igloo!

Welcome to Denali.

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The heart of Denali is accessed by a single road.

Before heading in, we set up camp for the night at Riley Creek.

It's 12:36 a.m. and the midnight sun turns my sense of time upside down.

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In the morning we set out on a 5 hour shuttle ride that passes alongside the Polychrome Mountains and Denali's expansive moraine.

We were quite happy to stretch our legs at the many scenic spots along the way.

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Toklat River.

A pair of caribou.

I'm a caribou!

Kate is a peek-a-bou.

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We ditched our shuttle at the Eielson Visitor Center and hiked up this mountain ridge.

Wildflowers peek out from a cluster of rocks alongside the ridge trail.

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A distant look at Mt. McKinley (far right) as it rises into a crisp blue sky.

Denali is home to countless wildlife like these mountain goats.

More caribou!!

A grizzly bear lumbers towards us in the distance. Yikes!