A near run in with a Grizzly

There were so many friendly people staying at our campground in Denali and the Americans sure love a chin-wag so we ended up meeting lots of interesting people. One of which was a lady camping next to us on her own in the back of her car. She was nearly 70…I was cheeky and had…

The blonde bears of Denali

Finally the day has come to drive into Denali National Park and camp there for four nights, we were super excited! We drove at snail pace the whole way searching for wildlife en route. Some workers were putting out red warning signs which tell people that they can’t walk in an area due to animal…

Hiking in Denali National Park

Denali National Park is so full of wildlife that there’s a 95% chance of seeing a grizzly bear. It’s also home to caribou, moose, wolves and lots of smaller mammals that to be quite frank we’re not all that interested in. We were there for the big five (the fifth would be the black black…

The Denali Highway, pure wilderness! 

The Denali Highway can barely be called a highway, it’s 135 miles of dirt road, traffic is light and it’s completely closed for half the year when it’s snow covered and caribou herds migrate past it. It’s a true wilderness road and sounded perfect for us, except the ‘dirt road’ issue. Daphne really hates dirt…

The High One | Mount Denali 

The Parks Highway headed through dense forest and our mountain vistas vanished. We were surrounded by trees and lakes, smack bang in Alaska’s lake country. Some lakes were clear and inviting while others looked like mother natures tea; heavily brewed with fallen leaves. We checked out the tourist village of Talkeetna where the main road…

Walking on an Alaskan Glacier

The Matanuska Glacier is one of Alaska’s most accessible and you can get a birds-eye view of it just from driving along the highway. The road sits high up across the valley so the 27 mile glacier can be seen like a huge streak of white against the green background until it blends in with…

Lakes, farms and abandoned gold mines | Alaska

‘Warning: bold black bear stalked two dog walkers and was hard to scare away.’ Another day hiking in bear country and another very real warning. We’ve heard mixed reviews about black and brown bears and which one is more dangerous. It seems the browns, or grizzlies as their also known mainly attack due to being…

Seriously close wild bear encounters 

The Eagle River Road is 14 miles of beautiful winding tarmac through forest and past mountains till it abruptly ends inside the Chugach State Park. We drove to the end where numerous hikes leave from the Nature Centre. A sign warned us of a black bear stalking four hikers a few days ago and that…

Meeting rescued moose, bear and more in Alaska

We drove up and down the highway, past marshes, meadows and forest looking for wildlife and a nice spot to stay but we only found the latter. When we set off in the morning a moose was hanging out in the marsh beside the highway, hooray! We pulled over to admire her and she started…

Hiking around Moose Pass, Alaska

Before we left beautiful Seward we did a hike in the Caines Head Recreational Area. We crossed a clear river and walked along seaweed up the coastline, scanning the bay for sea life but we didn’t see anything which was a shame. The mountain views were beautiful but it wasn’t the most riveting of hikes…