Our first visit to Denali and the North Face Lodge was in 2000; I've been eager to return and this trip included Matt and his partner Christina.
The Lodge is a four hour bus ride from the Park entrance to the heart of Denali with lots to see:
|Grizzly on the road to the Lodge|
|Grizzle club checking us out...|
A variety of guided and independent outings awaited:
|Matt (orange) and I hiked Eagle's Nest Trial|
|and sotted a Spruce Grouse|
|We canoed Wonder Lake|
|Christina and I explored the end of the road|
(and did I mention mosquitos)
On our last night Tony Knowles (Alaska Governor 1994-2004) joined us for dinner and discussed the perils of the Pebble Mine project.
Although the weather was mostly overcast with light rain--the Denali Mountain Range made an appearance...
|Denali (Mt. McKinley) far right: 20,320 feet|
Cameras: Canon 7D, 20D & iPhone 4; EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 and EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS