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DOG SLEDS, MOOSE & NATIONAL PARKS: ALASKAN ADVENTURE WITH TREK AMERICA PART II

Continuing on from Part I, here is what we got up to during days 4, 5 & 6 of our incredible journey through Alaska with Trek America

Day 4: Dog Sleds & National Parks

After eating way too much breakfast at Maclaren River Lodge we packed up our tents and hit the road, headed towards Denali National Park. Alaska is home to some of the best national parks in the world, and Denali National Park is no exception. It is made up of 6 million acres of untamed landscapes and wildlife – the perfect place to spend the next 3 days exploring.

During the drive we stopped to admire the highest mountain peak in North America, Mount Denali (known as Mount McKinley during the time we visited).  With a summit elevation of 20, 310 feet (6,190.5m) above sea level, Denali is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve. Stopping to take in the enormity of Denali was the perfect introduction to this incredible national park.

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Just over 2 hours later we arrived at Carlos Creek Lodge, the nicest camp grounds we have stayed at to date. With wooden lodges, beautiful hot showers and shelter over our camp grounds – we were all very excited to be spending the next 3 nights here. We quickly pitched our tents and jumped back in the van ready to experience a dog sledding demonstration we had organised for the afternoon.

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This was our first dog sled experience and we did not know what to expect. As we got closer to the kennels the barking got louder and louder until we turned the corner and were greeted with almost 50 beautiful, overly excited dogs. All were begging for attention and a cuddle and that is exactly what we gave them.

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After thirty minutes of meeting these incredible sled dogs it was time for the demonstration. Watching the rangers zip through corners as dogs led the way have made us add dog sledding to our bucket list – we need to experience this for ourselves! After a group discussion on the way back to camp about the best places in the world to experience dog sledding, we ended the night around the camp fire.

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Day 5: Best Views in Alaska

After an early wake up and a quick breakfast, we grabbed some lunch and jumped into the van for a day of hiking. Once we arrived back in Denali National Park we grabbed a cheeky Starbucks before meeting back up with our group. After a quick team meeting we hit the trail.

Our mission for the day was to complete the Mount Healy Overlook Trail, one of the more strenuous hikes in the park. We would be following a 4.5 mile (7.3km) round trip trail, with 1,700 feet of elevation – we were in for a tough day of hiking.

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As we hiked higher the views became more and more dramatic. By the time we reached the top a few hours later we were greeted with the most incredible views of Alaska we had ever seen! Of course, way too many photos were taken…

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After a long day of hiking we decided it was time to treat ourselves with a night away from the camp food and hit up a nice restaurant. We headed to the 49th State Brewery, which was also home to the van used in the movie Into The Wild. If you are a fan of the movie we highly suggest you check out this pub.

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After a delicious dinner and a few beers we headed back to camp for a much needed nights rest.

Day 6: Grizzlies, Moose & Caribou – Oh My!

Day 6 was our last day to explore Denali National Park and what a better way to spend it then to search for some Alaskan animals we have yet to see in the wild. As the national park is so big the perfect way to explore the area is by bus. The park have organised shuttle buses that run throughout the park and these buses are your only way to explore the park – no outside vehicles are allowed.

At 8am we jumped on our bus leaving from the Denali Visitors Center heading towards Eielson Visitor Center, which is an 8 hour round trip. We knew today was going to be a long one, but also a memorable one. As we drove through the park we were met with so many wild animals we had never seen before. Herds of Caribou running through open plains, grizzle bears munching away on red berries, moose walking right along side the road and dole sheep grazing in the mountains ahead.

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Once we arrived at Eielson we needed to stretch our legs and decided to go on a 1km hike along the Eielson Alpine Trail. Even though it was a short hike it did take some time as it has a steep elevation of 1,000 feet, with a 25% incline. Once we made it to the top we were all quite out of breath, but were met with very impressive views – we highly recommend you do this hike if you ever get the chance.

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Once we made it back down the mountain we jumped back on the bus, all very tired and ready for a good nights sleep before tomorrows trip to Seward.

Book the Alaskan Wonder with Trek America from $2550US.

Have you read Part 1? Stay tuned for Part III

Stephen and Jess signoff

Thanks to Trek America for inviting Flying The Nest to experience the Alaskan Wonder tour. 

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  • Your photos are amazing. What a beautiful place

    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

  • Robin Rue

    Alaska seems so gorgeous! My BIL was stationed there for 3 years and LOVED it. I wish I made it up to see him before he got moved.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I adore Alaska. I got to go there once on a cruise, and it was the most beautiful place I’d ever seen.

  • Cori Ramos

    Those pictures are very nice! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  • Jeanette

    WOW! I am so jealous! I have always wanted to go there! It looks absolutely gorgeous! I hope that one day I can get there too! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Denali National Park just seems incredible. It’s so cool that you guys even got to see some dog sledding in action.

  • Mistee Dawn

    Great photos! What an amazing experience! I have always wanted to visit Alaska! Maybe one day!

  • Wow!!! This is such a cool post! And blog, and header! Lol. And you guys have such cute accents I want to watch your vlogs on repeat. Lol. You guys are lucky, I wish I could visit amazing things like that!

  • I have loved following you journey through your blog and Facebook. Your pictures are stunning and I would love to go to Alaska one day!!

  • Mykidsguide

    What an amazing experience! I have never been to Alaska, but I hope to get there someday. You guys had so much fun.

  • You guys are really living life! Wow, I’m so jealous of you. I want to travel too. 😛

  • Erin Shebish

    Wow, I’m jealous in the best way! I would love to visit Alaska!

  • chubskulit

    What an exciting adventure you guys have had. I showed my kids your video of the northern lights and they were in awe.

  • Joann Woolley

    I can’t stop looking at the amazing photos! Your trip has me very eager to visit Alaska. As I said before my dad grew up there. Recently I met someone who is a world champion dog sled racer – and a movie was made about him.

  • Jenni E.

    What INCREDIBLE photos!!! I would love to visit Alaska! My nephew was stationed there when he was in the military and I never got the chance to visit. A girl can dream!!

  • Clarissa Esquivel

    Alaska looks so beautiful! Definitely want to visit some day.

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    This is such an amazing adventure for you, The photos are breathtaking. I would love to go and see all this beauty for myself.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Alaska is such a pretty state!!!! We did an Alaskan cruise afew years ago and it was breathtaking!

  • mail4rosey

    Everyone who visits says it is just amazing. I’d love to go someday… not sure if I’d do a cruise or not, but I think probably the cruise.

  • Lynn Dee

    Wow! Those views are breathtaking. I would love to visit Alaska someday. I hope Trek America would also invite us. Wink! 😀

  • I’m not much of a camper and I hate the cold BUT this looks like an amazing experience! I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska!

  • what beautiful pictures! is it silly that i thought alaska was always covered in snow?

  • bloggingastrid

    I never knew that the highest mountain of North America is in Alaska – I’d figure it must’ve been in Colorado. It sounds like a great experience visiting Denali National Park. The hike sounds tough but like it was a great experience.

  • oh man you got some amazing shots and I just love huskies/malamutes whatever they are. One of them reminded me of my own dog Shadow.

  • This sounds like a fun adventure. I would love to go to Alaska one day. I also miss hiking but not so sure my body would cooperate.

  • WOW! You take really nice pictures that are so captivating. What a beautiful place.

  • What a way to get out in the wilderness! My brother lived in Alaska for awhile with the Army, I heard many a moose stories!

  • OMGoodness…the dogs are absolutely gorgeous. I would have loved to visit them. Nuna is just precious!

  • Winifred Jac

    It is like my huz’s dream to live in the wilderness in Alaska… he watches all those shows. I could never. It really is beautiful though!

  • Your pictures are amazing, they are totally fit for a post card. The dogs are gorgeous.

  • Breathtaking, a place that is definitely on my bucket list!!

  • Tracy Iglesias

    Living for those Sled Dog Photos! I have always wanted to visit Denali State Park, I have seen it so much on travel shows!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  • How fun and exciting! I have been wanting to visit Alaska for the past year. Maybe within the next few years!

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    My brother took my mom to Alaska on her 60th birthday. She had the best time! It was just beautiful!

  • Chantal Bernard

    Wow it looks like you had a great trip! The views in Alaska are breath taking, I’d love to go one day!

  • What a gorgeous and stunning trip. My mother spent some of her childhood in Alaska. She grew up in a military home. I would love to take my kids some day!

  • So beautiful! I would be happy in those parts for days!!! Thank you for sharing, now I have the bug to maybe take a trip there too!

  • blm03

    This looks so amazing! Looks like you had an amazing time!

  • And the photos just keep getting better. Whoa, whoa. Definitely feeling inspired to make my Alaska trip happen sooner rather than later now!