Posted by: sunnyharvy | August 27, 2015

Denali Denial Part 2

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Our next hike in Denali National Park was the Horseshoe Lake Trail. We began high above the lake with a quick descent to water level.

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There are some seriously busy beavers in this area. No tree is too big for them!

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They build some serious dams too. The semi-circular one below is particularly impressive.

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Shore side trail afforded good view of crystal clear blue water.

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This mushroom looks like it came out of a cookie-cutter.

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Pancake mushroom?

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Marshmallow Mushroom? The variety was remarkable.

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Another hike took us along and over the Riley Creek.

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Alaskan Railroad’s McKinley Explorer approaching Denali depot.

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Autumn colors in August? Much too soon for my liking.

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It does add another layer of color to the landscape.

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Now I understand why it is called Fireweed.

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Wonder how he gets the car down from there. And, just how big is the 5th wheel trailer he tows with that rig?

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Lots of different sorts of RVs on the road these days.

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This big Bull Moose was fairly close to the road, but he wouldn’t turn around for me.

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Historic Savage Cabin still used occasionally by rangers in the winter.

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Denali (Mt. McKinley) teasing us.

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View from Alpine Trail not far from our Savage River Campground site.

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Fresh snow atop nearby hillside.

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Does this look like August to you?

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Bundled up in layers, including long underwear… in August!

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Denali isn’t the only mountain vista in the park.

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What is the “denial” in my headline all about? After all my advance planning, we were thwarted by the weather forecast calling for rain, snow showers, high winds, and cold temperatures. Driving a slippery muddy road to spend three days sitting inside haRVy, just didn’t feel right. Consequently, we cancelled our reservations at Teklanica Campground and decided to move on. We took great pleasure in the time we had in Denali National Park, but my dream of delving deeper into the wilderness there will have to be fulfilled another time.

Isn’t it interesting that denial is an anagram of Denali? 

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One last look at “The Great One.”

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Responses

  1. Anagram – good one! Oooh – the majestic one… but those other mtn vistas are also spectacular. Yes – busy beavers. We are seeing color changes in the mountains too, but no long underwear here! Geesh!

  2. One of your most interesting blogs yet……..never saw a beaver dam that big! Beautiful country for sure….love, judy

    onlyonejudy

    Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:21:08 +0000 To: stillonlyonejudy@hotmail.com

  3. Time to move on! Gorgeous photos ~

  4. Wish you would have had a perfectly clear day for Denali, but you were still in some amazingly beautiful country and captured some nice shots! -Mike & Cheryl


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