Thursday, August 14, 2008

August 14, 2008: Sheep Mountain, Glenallen to Paxson, Denali Highway, Alaska

Today we hiked early in the morning at Sheep Mountain Lodge (link), which has some nice trails of its own. Then we drove east along the Glenn Highway, briefly checked out the Edgerton Highway near Glenallen, before heading north to Paxson, and to the Tangle River Inn on the Denali Highway. We took a late evening drive on the amazing Denali Highway, but spent more time on this highway tomorrow.

Two great places of lodging, starting at the Sheep Mountain Lodge (link) near Sutton, and ending up at the Tangle River Inn (link) around Milepost 20 on the Denali Highway. Both were very rural but great places, and the people were really friendly. And both had their own restaurants, so we didn't have to drive 100 miles to the nearest place!!

A view of the mountains across from Sheep Mountain Lodge

Some shots from our hike at Sheep Mountain
Orange Crowned Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Fox Sparrow

Matanuska River from the hike
Above: Two unidentified flowers

Snowshoe Hare
Dark-Eyed Junco

Savannah Sparrow

White-Crowned Sparrow

Wilson's Warbler

Juvenile Dark-Eyed Junco

Above 2: Views of Sheep Mountain

They had Idatirod dogs at the lodge

Sheep Mountain Lodge

Driving along the Glenn Highway (Route 1) toward Glenallen


Greater Scaup

Northern Hawk Owl

Chitina River near Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Edgerton Scenic Highway

Bald Eagle at Glenallen

Common Ravens at Glenallen

Glacuous Winged Gull at Glennallen

Typical Black Spruce bog in this area of Alaska

Northern Pintails - Denali Highway


Today's locations (Interactive)

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