|We had a nice drive down to Anchorage (365 miles South of us) on July 6th. We were fortunate enough to see the very top of "Denali" Peak, also known as Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America at 20,320 feet tall. There were clouds all over the Alaska range, a normal condition, but the top of the peak popped out as we stopped at the Denali Viewpoint South of the Alaska Mountain Range.
The Pass through the Alaska Range is a wide valley nestled in between the mountains called "Broad Pass." It has lakes and streams and I think the entire region of the valley is 2400+ feet. This is the point in the state where all the Rivers drain either North to the Yukon River or South to Cook Inlet near Anchorage, out to the Gulf of Alaska. We stopped a few times and I got some nice wildflower photos as well as Swallowtail butterfly photos. We didn't see a lot of wildlife as it was daylight and they prefer to be out in twilight or at night. We did have one large moose cross in front of us on the highway on the way home. Luckily it managed to avoid all the traffic - and the traffic avoided it! (SMILE)
You can learn more about Denali National Park HERE.
|Nenana River near Denali Park||Dwarf Fireweed / River Beauty||Seagull flying near Cantwell, AK.|
|Arctic Rose near Denali Park||Cotton Grass near Denali Park||Lupine near Denali Park|
|Don points to Denali Peak||Peak of Denali above Chulitna River||Swallowtail Butterfly in the AK. Range|
|Broad Pass scenery in the AK. Range||Broad Pass scenery in the AK. Range||Broad Pass scenery in the AK. Range|
|Broad Pass scenery in the AK. Range||Southern AK. Mountain Range Scenery||Southern AK. Mountain Range Scenery|
|Anchorage was HOT - not at all what we expected, so we used the air conditioner in the van a lot!! It was so humid and hot we all had a hard time sleeping in Anchorage.|
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