Monday, April 24, 2017

Denali & Aurora

I'm not sure I should advertise this, but spring is clearly one of the best times to visit Denali. Corrie and I spent a mosquito free weekend in a nearly empty park under clear Aurora filled skies. Spring camping couldn't get much better, but I might need to find Corrie a zero degree sleeping bag of her own.

This post is mostly photos Corrie took.

Denali from the South viewpoint on the Parks Highway

The NPS was advertising "find your park" for national parks week. It only took a little shoveling to find the tent site. 

It doesn't really get dark until after midnight now (The darkest point is about 2 am thanks to daylight savings time and Alaska's giant time zone). It was well worth staying up for the Aurora this weekend. We started seeing some while the sky was still a bit light and they were so bright we could see by their light once it finally got dark. 

The first three photos are from the visitor center parking lot.  

During a low phase we drove about 15 miles into the park to watch them from above the trees. 

On Saturday we joined a group bike ride into the park from the end of the car accessible road. The trip was cut short by a bear who wasn't up to sharing the road with cyclists. 

a traffic jam in Denali... I think most of the people in the park were on this bike ride waiting for the bear.
Not a bad place to wait out a bear.
It really is spring here...
Our view for lunch after the ride.
Saturday night's Aurora from about 12 miles into the park.

Purple Aurora streaking through the Big Dipper!

1 comment:

  1. Love the pictures and story. Makes me want to go back.