Tuesday, June 28, 2011
We visited the two Fairbanks Bird & Nature Centers and spent hours watching for a Boreal Owl to come out of it's nesting hole, only hearing it call and never seeing it. Enjoyed church at the North Pole Worship Center. For you Packer fans - North Pole is Daryn Colledge's home town.
We drove to Paxson and spent 12 hours on gravel roads on the Denali Highway, seeing Long-tailed Jaegers in their nesting grounds, Whimbrel, Am. Golden Plover, 2 Smith Longspurs, plus 40 other species of birds. Headed south today through beautiful mountain passes with snow and glaciers and waterfalls on all sides. We sure are enjoying all that God has created to the fullest. Ty & Ida
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
|Russian River Falls|
For our 41st wedding anniversary we walked up Coal Mine Creek to alpine and were rewarded with a life bird - an Arctic Warbler.
On the longest day of the year we took the shuttle bus into Denali National Park, where we saw many Caribou like this one that held the bus up for a while, 7 grizzly bears - very blond in this park, moose, a red fox, Dall sheep, and lots of beautiful scenery. Only had 1 glimpse of the gigantic mountain top of Mt. McKinley (Denali). After 11 hours and 190 miles on bumpy gravel ride, everyone was exhausted, except us, we were still looking for more. Today we traveled back in early and alone for as far as we were allowed to go. We were rewarded with a Wolf coming down the road and a family of Willow Ptarmigan, chicks looked to be just hatched. Onto Fairbanks now. Ty & Ida
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
At the farthest end of the tour was the Northwestern Glacier, seen in action with calving below. It was very loud with the ice crashing and echoing off the canyon walls, like a cannon going off, the ice very blue and exciting to watch, If you ever get a chance to see this, take it! We are in the rain forest and it is living up to it's name, lots of rain. Ty & Ida
Friday, June 10, 2011
One of our favorite sights was this mama moose and her twins even though my picture didn't turn out as good as I hoped.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
We have had our adventures (trials) one flat tire, and large rock in a windshield patched with tape to be replaced when we can find time from birding.
We are now in the Yukon about to enter Alaska. Greeting to all, God bless you. Ty & Ida