Friday, September 4, 2009

First View Mt McKinley

Drove up from Anchorage last night and camped in RV campground in Talkeetna.  Greeted with clear skies and cool temps and were lucky enough to catch our first view of the big mountain this morning - Mt. McKinley, 20,320 ft.  Made several stops along the Parks Hwy on way up to Denali National Park.  Arrived in the park mid afternoon to find fall colors at peak.  The tundra is blanketed in reds and yellows and the aspens, cottonwoods and birch trees are all glowing.  Took a drive into the park and saw first grizzly and about 10 moose. Like bear jams back in the Smokies, Denali has "moose jams".  Ended the day watching the full moon rise over the Alaskan Range.