Alaska III
July 7 - July 11, 2019




Totally hot and smoky in Denali Natl Park - 40 fires burning




Inside the visitor center




Outside




Driving into the park as far as allowed




To Savage river




Going for a hike




Along the nice river




Flat




And pleasant




Going off trail at the end of the official trail




For some mining and rock smashing




Working hard




Papa appraising their rocks




Back in the park, at another trailhead




Peter taking pictures




Philip trying to catch butterflies and bees




Arriving to a cute river spot




No one else around




The boys exploring




Playing well together




Opening a restaurant




Serving the best crabby patties




With salad too




While mama reads and papa looks for bears




Evening in our motel room at Denali Rainbow Village




Heading out for a walk




Finding a path down




To the river




To play




Tepee




Breakfast




Back at Denali National Park the next day




For a bus tour - the only way to get in to the park (unless you win an annual lottery to drive your own car in)




Completing a junior ranger book




Getting the driver's signature




Peter at a stop




Wildflowers along the road




Reaching Toklat river




Our destination after a slow drive




Antlers




Moving half an hour before the bus heads back




Taking a selfie




Mama in the visitor center




Back on the bus




Peter with Papa at another stop




Dirt road with park buses




A caribou next to the road




Spotting another one




Goat up on the rocks




Sooo wiggly




And it's finally out!




Dan the slow driver eventually made it back to base




Denali Rainbow Village strip




Mama went down to the river with the kids




What happened?




They just love playing in the mud




Walking back to our motel




Sleeping in




Driving the Denali highway




Offroading from the main dirt road




Hiking a bit




Turning back because of mosquitoes




Keep on going




Found a perfect lunch spot




Hungry kids




Refueling




Then going down to a lake to splash papa




Elevator service




Foot checking service




More ammunition




Reaching our next destination




A cabin along the MacLaren river




Lodge entrance




Interior




Peter with one of the lodge dogs




Philip helped himself to the coach in front of a TV with cartoons




Big bear




Cozy




Papa on the deck




While the kids play with a neighbor's dog




Enjoying the slow sunset




Breakfast




Then, on the road again




Wait a second




Who is at the wheels?




Peter




Then Philip, taking several turns each




A one-lane bridge




Nice lakes




Back on paved road




Trans-Alaska pipeline




Papa reading




Finally found a place to eat in Delta Junction




Stopping by at the local museum




Checking out life in the old days




Mining tools and finds




Dressed up




Santa Claus




In the town of North Pole (where we got the jackknives)

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