Alaska Journals

US National Parks in Alaska - Bears and More!

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An August 2010 trip to Alaska by MilwVon

Denali National Park & Preserve Photo, Denali, Alaska More Photos
Quote: This journal will highlight our experiences at Denali Nat'l Park, Kenai Fjords Nat'l Park and Lake Clark Nat'l Park . . . all of which included bear sightings (and photos).

Denali National Park & Preserve

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Attraction | "Three Wonderful Days in Spite of the Weather"

Denali National Park & Preserve Photo, Denali, Alaska
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Denali National Park & Preserve is home to North America’s highest peak of the same name although you will hear many refer to her at Mount McKinley. Locals however, prefer her native name, Mount Denali. While summer is a glorious time in Denali, we were very excited about taking in the experience as fall takes over. We were here the last week of August, which is still technically summer but make no mistake about it, fall was clearly in the air and the minds of the park’s wildlife!We arrived late afternoon on Saturday, with our TEK shuttle passes good for Sunday and Monday, with Sunday’s being our "reserved seat" day. We met the shuttle just outside the campground at the main road a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2010

Denali National Park & Preserve
Alaska Route 3/George Parks Highway
Denali, Alaska
(907) 733-2231

Denali National Park & Preserve Photo, Denali, Alaska
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Denali National Park – Wonder Lake ShuttleOnce you have arrived at Denali National Park & Preserve, you need to be prepared to turn the driving over to them; either via one of the many green shuttle buses that serve the 92 mile park road, or via a brown tour bus which are not very good deals in my opinion based on past experience (2006).Visitors planning to take in Denali National Park should frame-out their itinerary in regards to Denali as soon as possible and make the necessary reservations in advance so as to assure you get the camps and shuttles that you want. We learned that lesson back in 2006 when I planned for our shuttle "only" four months in advance and was left...Read More

Grand Denali Tour

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Attraction | "Another Fantastic Way to See Denali National Park"

Grand Denali Tour Photo, Talkeetna, Alaska
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K2 Aviation is based in Talkeetna and serves as one of the best departure locations for a Denali flightseeing tour. They offer several options of varying flight times around Mt. Denali, most with the option of a glacier landing for an additional $75 (also adding 30 minutes to your flightseeing tour). The tour we took was the Grand Denali Tour which was two hours (including the glacier landing).They say if you don't like the weather in Alaska, give it an hour . . . or drive about an hour in some other direction. Wednesday in Talkeetna was a good example. K2 had high expectations of being able to get out if the fog around the town airport cleared, so we were told to come on down around 10:...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2010

Grand Denali Tour
Talkeetna State Airport
Talkeetna, Alaska 99676
907.733.2218

Kenai Fjords Tours

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Attraction | "Exploring Kenai Fjords National Park"

Kenai Fjords Tours Photo, Seward, Alaska
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Having read a lot about the boat tours offered out of Seward, I was really looking forward to this one with Kenai Fjords Tours. After spending what seemed like most of our vacation in rain, we were pleased to wake up to a beautiful morning with sunny skies. It was a glorious day for a sea cruise.We boarded the catamaran about 20 minutes before our scheduled departure time of 11:30a. Even though this was now considered the off-season (the week after Labor Day), our tour was pretty full with only empty middle seats inside on both decks. The seating layout was not very comfortable; I cannot imagine sitting three across at the small tables so I was happy to have a little space between Dav...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2010

Kenai Fjords Tours
Small Boat Hbr
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-8068

Silver Salmon Creek Lodge

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Hotel | "Bear Viewing in Lake Clark Nat'l Park (Part 1)"

Silver Salmon Creek Lodge Photo, Soldotna, Alaska
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Our hosts at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge (SSCL) were David and Joanne Coray, both of whom are committed to providing guests with the absolutely best Alaskan experience available. I found my early dealings with David to be informative, helpful and accommodating. Our onsite experiences were equally impressive, as everyone on staff was very nice and generous with their time and knowledge.As soon as we landed our arrival party of five (three overnight guests and a couple in for just the "day" viewing tour) was already excited by the presence of a momma sow and her two first year cubs. This family would be around and the main subjects of many photos over the next 24 hours. We were greeted by ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2010

Silver Salmon Creek Lodge
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
(907) 262-4839

Silver Salmon Creek Lodge

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Hotel | "Bear Viewing in Lake Clark Nat'l Park (Part II)"

Silver Salmon Creek Lodge Photo, Soldotna, Alaska
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With the morning weather being so poor, my hubby David used the time to catch up on his sleep since he was still feeling the effects of a bad cold. I spent my time making the most out of the internet connection, catching up on some blogging and other things. Of course, I kept looking outside to see how the fog and clouds were looking . . . and was very excited when around 11:00a the lodge was a buzz with reports of the sun breaking through. I got David up and we made our way outside to catch a ride down to the beach to watch our favorite momma bear and cubs.As we arrived out there, a group of photographers were already assembled taking photos of her nursing her little ones. The sun com...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2010

Silver Salmon Creek Lodge
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
(907) 262-4839