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Back through Denali

Us in front of McKinley again Photo, Denali, Alaska

Amazingly, the bad weather had blown off, and the clouds were clearing. Our last day in the park was going to be another with great views and great photos. We left our bags by the door when the breakfast bell rang (as instructed the night before) and headed to our last breakfast at North Face Lodge. Breakfast, as always, was delicious, then we boarded the bus for the ride out of the park.
We stopped by Wonder Lake and Mirror Lake for pictures and stopped again when we came across a 2-year old grizzly walking down the road. We got some very good photos of that bear. We had many more fabulous views of McKinley as we wound our way out of the park. Near the end of the road, we saw our first caribou up close. It was a bull with an incredible rack, and we got more great photos. It was a truly amazing sight.
At the park, we grabbed a quick lunch at the visitor center, which was passable. Richard thought his "Wonder Lake Cheeseburger" was decent. Then we checked in for our train. North Face Lodge transferred our luggage directly to the train. The train ride back should have been as amazing as the ride to Denali, but we were all tired and slept off and on during the trip. We did see King salmon in the river as the train went by, which was pretty amazing that they were big enough to see clearly at speed. We continued to have views of McKinley, slowly shrinking in the distance as we headed back to Anchorage.
When we got back, we caught a cab to the Ramada, checked in, and headed back to the brewpub for dinner. We turned in early.

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