National Park is an incredibly huge expanse of wilderness
in the heart of Alaska, mostly consisting of sub-arctic
tundra. A single 90-mile road winds through just a small
fraction of the park, leaving the rest largely untouched
by humans. Travelling in the park, I was struck by the wide
expanses, the harsh conditions for plants and animals, and
a feeling of truly being in the wild.
is still a bit cold, and it even snowed a bit during our three
day visit. But, the days are already quite long (16+ hours
of daylight) and the nights never get quite dark (a bit disconcerting
going to bed in broad daylight). Travelling during this "shoulder
season" had a number of benefits, including few crowds
and a rare opportunity to drive through the park with our
own rental car. Normally, road access is restricted to park
busses, though the downside was that the road had not yet
opened beyond the 30-mile mark.