Denali and Caribou

  August 15, 2012

We depart Trapper Creek Campground and head toward Denali National Park.  A stop for lunch in an area named Cantwell that in my opinion should be off the map!  With a population of 183 it is a virtual ghost town.  However we do buy a large caribou antler for Maya (Susan’s dog) at the restaurant.

Riley Creek Campground will be our home for the next 2 days while we remain in Denali.  After setting up, Jim the host at the campsite suggests a ride to Savage River, and off we go!

The winding road takes us through alpine meadows, tundra, taiga and marsh lands.  A caribou is feeding, but he is far away and out of my camera range.  The road ends after 19 miles and we walk around the parking lot and over the bridge.

On our way back to the RV I see a group of people looking toward the hillside.  A beautiful bull caribou is feeding in the grass and is walking down the slope and toward the river below!  What a great opportunity to see the animal up close.  I follow him along the pathway and click away!

It is a special day, but all does not end well.  Dick receives an email and a call from his nephew with sad news.  Dick’s younger half- brother Mark, from Minneapolis was found dead in his apartment.  We are both stunned and devastated.  Although Mark has been ill for many years, it still comes as a shock.

Dick is pretty upset, and suffers through a sleepless night.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elaine Rudin
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 05:24:48

    our condolences on your loss

    Reply

  2. Dianne Elliott
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 21:36:40

    Let’s hope that Mark rests in peace, it’s been a long road for him. Now, as to the elk, caribou, and moose, can you tell the difference upon sight??? They sure are beautiful.

    Reply

    • joyceax
      Aug 17, 2012 @ 22:04:31

      Beautiful indeed and after seeing each animal I certainly can tell the difference. Both the female & male caribou have antlers.

      Sent from my iPhone

      Reply

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