We are back from a really fun trip to Denali National Park. We saw lots of wolves, bears, moose with calves, wildflowers and all kinds of weather – perfect! I will be sharing more in the upcoming days.
Typically in early June, the landscape is still very brown with gullies still full of snow – it gives the park a zebra kind of look. Not this year – Denali was incredibly green and we found all kinds of wildflowers – it was beautiful. I thought it was at least 2 weeks ahead of schedule. A ranger who lives in the area year around told us that many of the wildflowers were actually 3 weeks early. So in the desert this spring they were 3 weeks late, here 3 weeks early – crazy stuff.
In the top photo is a sow with an approximately two year old cub. We started watching them a long distance away. At one point the sow playfully chased the cub right at us – I couldn’t roll the windows up fast enough! They seem oblivious to vehicles and buses and hung around us feeding and interacting for a wonderful hour. Below is a much more distant bear – notice how green it is.