Early in the morning we boarded a bus for the all day trip up into the park. Private vehicles are not allowed past a certain point, to keep down the impact of traffic on the road and on the wildlife. One must make reservations far ahead for the bus tour and for hiking and backpacking.
There are a few rest stops along the way, and the bus driver stopped frequently for us to admire the scenery, observe wildlife, and take pictures. Also, McKinley Chalet Resort and Holland America provided us with a box lunch of sandwich, fruit, and chips, along with all the bottled water we wanted.
A braided river. The river bed is larger than the actual stream of water, and its course varies according to many changing factors.
I was surprised to see a familiar looking sea bird, so far from home. This one is apparently a Mew Gull. (Click on the picture and follow the link to find out more about them.)
Snow on the mountains!
They look so close!
A Dall ewe, not at all concerned about the tour bus
A small flock (band) of Dall sheep
The sheep were shedding their winter coats in May and June. Being wild, they are never shorn.
My husband and I
Look over there! A bear!
Alaska's state bird, the ptarmigan
Emergency photo stop!
The clouds parted and the sun came out to shine on North America's highest peak, Denali, the Tall One. Also known as Mt. McKinley. What an exciting moment! The highlight of our trip!