Alaska – Mount McKinley (aka Denali)

While driving to the visitor center just before our bear sighting the driver of the bus suddenly laughed with joy and said ‘People today is your luck day. Denali is out of the clouds’. For those who don’t know Denali is mostly covered by clouds and visible one in three days during the summer months. And very rarely or not at all in the months that follow. So everyone keeps their fingers crossed during summer while on a trip to Alaska for a glimpse of the elusive mountain. The bus stopped and everyone raced with their cameras in the direction where the driver was pointing. And saw a small hill covered with clouds. ‘This was Denali, the highest mountain in North America’??!!?? The driver laughed and said ‘Look again, look higher’. So higher we looked and higher still and more than twice the height of the hill we initially saw was Denali, beautiful, stunning, covered with snow and clocked in clouds..Denali. I called the trip to Alaska a huge success right then and there. 🙂

First look
First look
Denali and the mountain in between
Denali and the mountain in between
Zooming in
Zooming in
Almost at Wonder Lake
Almost at Wonder Lake
Our tent and view from there
Our tent and view from there

I was too tired to stay awake. D sat capturing the mountain with the sun going down. This picture was taken around 11:15 after which the long day and mosquitoes got the better of him. We were told the sun finally set at around 1:00 in the morning and Denali was absolutely gorgeous.

Denali with setting sun
Denali with setting sun

Imagine getting up in the morning and having breakfast to this view.

Close up
Close up
Denali
Denali
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10 thoughts on “Alaska – Mount McKinley (aka Denali)

    1. Denali is amazingly beautiful..
      And no we did not freeze because we have a super nice tent and even better (sub zero) sleeping bags..I heart my sleeping bag..I have never been cold while sleeping in it 🙂

  1. I forgot to tell you, we had taken this bus tour kinda thing thru Denali National park and saw sooo many animals!! So the next day we woke up at the crack of dawn and drove as far as we could into the forest (uptil where private vehicles were allowed) and didnt see anything! Nothing, zilch, nada…..too early for the animals 😉

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