Day 2 was all about walking through DNP..enjoying the beauty of the place..take frequent stops..relax..and enjoy the quite..
We started the day bushwhacking through bushes (what else) from our camp site, heading towards the river flowing about a mile from the campground (DNP is known for its very few trails. You just hike through the bushes, as there are no tall trees so you can see for miles, making way to where you want to go). But after a while we hit a marshy area which was too dangerous (and the mosquitoes got the better of us) so we turned around after posing for a few pictures.
Eielson visitor center has the most number of hikes going through the DNP, is one of the most scenic area in DNP and does not have the mosquitoes of Wonder Lake, so we caught a bus to Eielson. Getting down off we were hiking through the various trails. The plan was to head down to the valley floor and then bush-whack around taking breaks as required.
Alas there was no trail to head down and scrambling down the too steep sides was not something I wanted to do. So after hiking as close to the edge we could, we turned back to walk along the road in order to get down to the valley where the grade of the slope lessened. Once we got close to the valley floor I spied a movement and saw the Mama bear we had seen the previous day and her cubs. We found a comfortable spot, took out the bear spray, the warning bells and sat down to enjoy the watching these wild animals in their natural habitat..no cage, no force feeding, no tricks for the humans..this was their playground and humans were the ones who had to be carefull not to get hurt. We moved around the bears a bit but for most part just sat watching them explore, play, eat, sleep, play some more for better part of 2 hours. It was exhilarating to watch the little ones run after each other, one cub (curious George) set of to explore, stand on his hind legs when he did find something, run back to Mommy, plunk on Maa’s back for a nap once she sat down and then run off again after the nap was done.
Finally the time came to head back and look what we found..a Fox on the hunt.
In between predictions of rain and being feed up with the mosquitoes (my hands were completely swollen. I counted 9 bites on one finger. Gave up counting after that) we decided to head out of DNP next morning catching the first bus out at 6:30 rather than spend another day as was the original plan.
Leaving you with a view of the tents at the Campground.