Up real early today. Packed our bags (had to check out of motel) and went to Denali. Our tickets had been issued for yesterday then updated (via computer) for today. When we got to the park they did not know the dates had been changed. Jay had to work to get us on the bus. Finally we left at 7:30 instead of 7:00. Ok.
Denali Bus Tour: The tour was a guided bus tour through the 63 miles into the park. We did not see much wildlife on the trip in – only a grizzly – or a grizzly dot. It was far in the distance. Saw some dall spots and a northern harrier bird. At the end, at Elision visitor center, we saw 3 caribou up close. They were lurking around looking for food. Two rangers (finally) got them away from the center. On the way out we were privileged to view a female grizzly with her 2 cubs! All three Bears were only about 75 yards from the bus. They walked around, crested a hill, came over the other side and played some. Two more caribou were viewed – not nearly as close as the two at Elision. Most of the bus slept most of the way down. It was about a 4 hour trip. Driver told some Bear storiesBears. Finally we got back at 3:30pm.
Nenana: Stopped at the Railroad Museum. Got information on the ice classicicec of Nenana. Ate at the Monderosa. Their motto is “the best hamburgers in Alaska.” And yes it was very good.
Fairbanks: Traveled the 80+ miles from Nenana to Fairbanks. Got in at a descent time to the Westmark Hotel of Fairbanks.
College Baseball Game: Saw the Anchorage Bucs play the Fairbanks Goldpaners. The game was 6 to 1 in favor of the Bucs going into the 9th. The Goldpaners scored 4 unearned runs (6 to 5 now) and had 2 runners on, 2 out. The person at bat had a 3-2 count and watched strike 3 to end the game!! Excellent Atmosphere at these games.
Went to the hotel and to bed.