Yes, there are bears. Most years when we get to the cabin, we find some evidence that bears have visited while we were away: claw marks on the front steps, rain barrels pitched into the forest, swipes taken at the lid of the cold hole (the in-ground chamber where we store food that needs refrigeration), … More are there bears?
“It’s raining.” Stewart glances up from the novel he’s reading. “Look at that.” Hours pass like this. I sit in the cabin’s window seat while Stewart reads in the rocking chair by the woodstove, or the other way around. Whoever has the seat at the window — we call it “the perch” — has the job … More what kinds of animals do you see?
In the six-million acre wilderness of Denali National Park, there’s just one road. It’s 92 miles long, running parallel to the Alaska Range from the Denali Park Wilderness Access Center to a place I very much want to see some day, called Wonder Lake. During peak visitor season, usually late May through mid-September, cars may drive only … More a walk on the denali park road