Anchorage weather: High 67, Low 55; raining in morning
Denali National Park weather: High 64, Low 51; brilliant sunshine with fluffy clouds once we arrived!
Steps walked: Shaun 5769 and 26 flights of stairs; Shannon 5,715 steps and 18 flights of stairs
Critter count: 2 pairs of trumpeter swans (the largest water fowl in the world...who mate for life which I think is very cool), 1 young bull moose, 4 Dahl sheep, 1 beaver, and 1 sand hill crane
It was so strange because it was still pretty cloudy when we got our first look, and it was the last day I would have expected to get a glimpse of "The Mountain". Only 25-30% of people who visit Denali are able to see it, and we didn't even get to see it from Talkeetna the other day, and they say your odds go up to 50% from there. It just goes to show that you never know about these things, because the views we got from the train were so breathtaking that I can't begin to describe them. It doesn't look real...it's like a matte painting or something because nothing can be that beautiful....but it is! It's so cool because now that we've had our way with Denali, we can settle in and see the rest of the park and not have to worry about structuring our days around the view. Been there, done that, and literally got the t-shirt!
Anyway, we got to the park at 4:00 and just settled in, got our tickets for the bus trip tomorrow, ate, bathed, and set up our backpacks since we have to wake up at 4:30am to catch a 5:40 shuttle! The trip is 13 hours and goes all the way to the end of the 92-mile road. Let's hope we see some good stuff and that we have a significant critter count. We wanna see some BEAR!
As an added picture for your viewing pleasure that we forgot last night, we have included this cool one from the wonderful St. Elias Brewing Company. It was a very eclectic place (which is right up our alley), and they brew their own root beer and cream soda. I am wearing the cool Flower Power Ale sweatshirt I got there today, so it seemed okay to include the picture from yesterday. Kind of cosmically coming around again!