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Next up was Hubbard Glacier, where we seen some pretty good calving going on.P104E0531.thumb.jpg.665035c9003e05db11b92c81d4b7a3be.jpgP1040467.thumb.jpg.f05817621c5b6ce4f16df221540c8452.jpgP104E0487.thumb.jpg.fb74403638607d11e34df77df706c988.jpgP104E0478.thumb.jpg.8848ad413ebe0590ab8e8cc6b7f0e433.jpg

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Sailing between Hubbard Glacier and Seward we seen this huge mountain in the distance.

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We were sad that our wonderful cruise had come to an end but we were excited to get to Denali. We stayed 3 nights at McKinley Creekside Cabins and where we had an excellent stay. They have a cafe/bakery on site and we were pleasently surprised how great the food was. We learned on the last day that they grow their own veggies and flowers in the on site greenhouse.IMG_E0517.thumb.jpg.e4011ffa612f0a31bbcdfeed843192af.jpg The little creek running along side the property, very serene place to relax.P105E0375.thumb.jpg.3690f2c8e39d3ee9e245302776108a6b.jpgP1050409.thumb.jpg.9f8fbde398d85578da302d1b9a06102b.jpgP1050414.thumb.jpg.454630e1ef6d24b947b70b3beb61d853.jpg

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Denali National Park is phenomenal ! One of the most majestic places I have ever seen. We were scheduled to take the shuttle bus to Eielson Visitor Center but a flood the day before had shut down the road so we made it as far as Toklat River Rest Stop. Never the less we still had seen incredible scenery and grizzly bears, caribou, moose and Dall sheep.P1050369.thumb.jpg.cffa8e3932ae2d98f496e8c963b09550.jpgIMG_0533.thumb.jpg.1a48c6a858bfc00eeabc2800d209a448.jpgP104E0740.thumb.jpg.bc2c38ff041b19ed06223442ba3715b4.jpgThese Dall sheep were a long way off !P1040853.thumb.jpg.5ecd65b3e8a33f7768264dad799552f3.jpg

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Somebody on the bus spotted a eagle flying in the distance and below it was a big male grizzly.IMG_0467.thumb.jpg.84914b1471ee86eec36abfe944d0619e.jpgThe caribou and moose were always closer to the road.P1050119.thumb.jpg.a09b5ce3648735adc033dfd41f058791.jpgP105E0172.thumb.jpg.d0486dfbe5aae653ac04b5a5c75de443.jpgP105E0096.thumb.jpg.fb9caa5d29767cf6ed03fdea2f279454.jpg

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We also spotted 3 grizzlies on a mountain side feeding on berries.P1050036.thumb.jpg.3159b482134903208b7073b1d795b8b5.jpgP105E0046.thumb.jpg.c0d97a13e36e76996cebbde32f5d4cac.jpgWe never did see Mt Denali on that first day, at one of the rest stops I asked our driver where could I see it if I were to drive on my own ( rental car ) and she told me around mile marker 9 on the park road. So the next day we had nothing planned so we took of on our own and were lucky enough that the skies were clear enough to show us the mountain.P105E0241.thumb.jpg.f856f0a4461c1b4e9bceec9ec538933c.jpgP105E0247.thumb.jpg.d21b7ff12593254c781e3be62a833fbc.jpg

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great photos.  Thx for sharing.  Please attach a link to the trip report list above. 

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The next day it was time to drive back to Anchorage and catch a flight home, however, mother nature threw us a curve ball and a wildfire had closed down the George Parks Highway. Long story short we did make it in time for our flight with just a few minutes to spare and what should have been a 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive turned into 7 1/2 hour crawl.

   Again we were blessed with blue skies and we seen Denali on the way out of Cantwell.

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Seen this gal out of the corner of my eye on the road so I turned around and got these pics.

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All in all it was a great trip, never did get much of the anticipated rain and we were blessed with good weather almost every day. Radiance of the Seas is in great shape and the staff is very friendly and we loved the aft balcony views we got from cabin # 9256. 

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Love all your photos! Great way to do a trip report! We leave in 6 days for 3 weeks of fun. We’re doing Denali first, for fall colors, then traveling up to Fairbanks and down the Richardson Hwy back to Anchorage. Then we fly to Juneau, where we will stay for a few days, ferry to Haines and Skagway, then back to Juneau to fly back to Anchorage and spending the last 3 days south of the city. Your pictures have me even more excited, if that’s possible. 😊 Alaska is my favorite place on earth. Thank you so much for posting!!

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Thanks for your kind words, sounds like an amazing trip you have planned, have fun.

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1 hour ago, Daveintb said:

 

Great video.  We have been to Anan Creek with Island Wings twice but never to Traitors Cove so it was nice to see another option.  How many bears were you able to see while you were there? 

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We sailed on Radiance NB last August and had a fantastic time. Loved seeing all your photos. We also did a charter with Glacier Wind (Captain Casey), and saw an amazing amount of both orca and humpback whales. I'm glad you had such a wonderful vacation. I need to go back to Alaska again and see more!

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Thank you for posting all this! I have the same itinerary booked for next year and I'm considering some of the same excursions.

 

I like your photos. Could you post about the camera and lens(es)?

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On 8/24/2019 at 9:29 PM, Daveintb said:

After spotting the whale just an hour into the cruise, the wife was into searching out more wildlife.P102E0550.thumb.jpg.7a046dc8a8e5e2b50b3c8872b99f56d2.jpg 

 

 

Did you guys have an aft facing balcony?!

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3 hours ago, Mountaineer0313 said:

 

 

Did you guys have an aft facing balcony?!

 Yes we did, had corner aft 9256 and was very nice enjoying the great views. 

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4 hours ago, kochleffel said:

Thank you for posting all this! I have the same itinerary booked for next year and I'm considering some of the same excursions.

 

I like your photos. Could you post about the camera and lens(es)?

 The camera is a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, there are no lenses as it is a fixed lens with a great zoom, that is the beauty of that camera. Lots of info online about it. 

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