Today was a day of wonder. We took an eleven-hour trip through Denali National Park and it was worth every minute. I had to keep reminding myself I was not watching the National Geographic channel. This was real!
Today’s show and tell … a picture is worth a thousand words.
Dall Sheep – Our Denali Park Greeters: It takes a Dall ram about eight years to grow the majestic, circular horns that are the trademark of this species. The Dall sheep we met seemed to have a lot of personality. I could swear at times they were almost smiling and posing for my camera.
Moose: I still can’t get enough of the Alaskan Moose. Even though they are considered ornery and enjoy charging tourists for sport, I like them. In fact, they remind me a little of Joe. Really.
Chipmunk: Before you leave the bus you are firmly admonished NOT to feed the chipmunks. This is a tough one. Firm, admonishing bus driver? Adorable chipmunk doing back flips for your attention and treats? You want me to tell you if I fed the Chipmunk? I firmly believe that when you feed a wild animal, the animal will ultimately lose. (Mom! No need to comment, here.)
Grizzly Bear: We really wanted to see a bear. We were not disappointed. It’s just awesome to look at a bear lumbering through a river bed and know he is free and wild. He can live and do as bears do. I was so happy for him.
Trumpeter Swan: This swan spread its wings the moment I pointed my camera. She felt pretty! Trumpeter swans are the largest swan in the world.
Wolf : Cole says the wolf was the best and I have to admit this one was magnificent. Between 7,000 and 10,000 wolves inhabit Alaska, with approximately 100 of them within Denali National Park and Preserve. During pup-rearing, both male and female wolves produce the hormone prolactin, known as the “nurturing hormone.”
Caribou: When we asked my dad what his favorite animal of the day was, he said caribou. “Really?” Cole and I both wondered. Well, every animal needs a fan, and this caribou was a handsome devil! Did you know, Caribou and reindeer are the same species?
At the end of our trip, a rainbow showed up to remind us not of luck to come, but of how lucky we already are!
I know you are going to think I am very Odd, but at the end of the day, we saw so many wonderful things, I could have sworn my own kid was growing horns. Now isn’t that just so silly?!
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