The Alaskan vacation was fantastic! Despite having a horrible time getting there—delayed flights due to storms going up and a packed overnight flight coming home—we had a great time.
Our first day consisted of driving through rain to Denali National Park. Once there, we stopped in to check on our tour the next day and I sold a copy of GRAVE SECRETS to the clerk at the bookstore. Sometimes it pays to carry a copy or two of your book with you.
The next day, despite the forecast for more rain, broke bright and sunny. Yay! Here are a few pictures of our trip into the park. I have to commend the bus driver; he did an excellent job of negotiating the narrow, winding road.
Saw some moose, caribou, Dahl sheep, two eagles perched on the rocks as if they were part of the rocks, a pair of young ravens, and a couple of sow bears with their two cubs. Neither were close to each other nor very close to the road. However, on the way back, we came across this!
Isn’t he beautiful?
The driver killed the engine, we lowered the windows, and everyone quickly (and quietly) snapped pictures of the magnificent creature as he totally ignored us. Shortly after we moved on (so people on the buses behind us could get a glimpse) he crossed the road and headed down the mountainside. We were definitely at the right place at the right time because getting close to a bear in the wild like this hardly ever happens. At least we were inside the bus at the time. (Whew!)
On Saturday, we headed back to Anchorage (in the rain again) where we caught a flight to King Salmon. There we spent several days with good friend, Julia, who manages the Visitor Center for the national wildlife refuge.
I’ll tell you about that adventure in my next post. I promise not to keep you waiting too long. 😉