The off season, post tourist season is the way to see Alaska. The light is amazing, the views spectacular and best of all the state is mostly our own. I don't mind tourists, they are great for the economy and I'm glad they come to see the wonders of our state but Alaska is mostly empty in September and I like it that way.
My uncle received a pass to drive in to Denali National Park to the end of the road. This is a road that only park buses get to travel on all summer. In June you can apply for a pass and they randomly draw winners to drive in after the summer is over. My uncle was unable to go this year so he gifted it to my mother. Her husband was having some pretty serious back surgery and they were unable to go. She gave the pass to me. My husband was scheduled to be out of town so I was on my own.
I invited a friend to go with me and she had the brilliant idea of renting a DNR cabin for the night so we could go cheaply and still have fun. 4 kids two adults in a 12X16 cabin was a squeeze but the place was beautiful and the price was right. I think I proved my motto "unfit to camp at any time" as we spent the night in fits and starts and my temper MIGHT have flared. But still we had a blast and it was affordable.
|DNR Cabin Byers Lake|
|made it in|
|leaving Wonder Lake|
|Grizzly Bear smack dab in the middle of the picture about 50 feet up the mountain above the road|
Peace and Love--