Note 2: I will try, if I get permission from the rest of my group, to post our presentation video, with all of the video segments I refer to, but if I can’t, I will just post my segments and some video from the trips sometime this week.
We got up this morning and walked out to the river for a bit. Then we headed off on a road trip. Our guide, Kristen, came with us. We drove for a while and saw a amazing amount of wildlife. Enough that it probably took us twice as long to get to where we were going.
First we saw a dead caribou, killed by some wolves. When we saw it, a bear was feasting on it. Next we saw a bear walking down the road, just a few feet away from us.
We saw a lot more wildlife, so many that I don't need to narrate each one. Anyway, we next stopped at Polychrome Pass. The mountain range across the way was multicolored, hence the name (poly for many, chrome for color). The road at the pass was on a mountain side, probably a thousand feet up. It was also a narrow dirt road with big tour buses passing every 15 minutes. We pulled off and got out to look at a rock outcrop. It was very windy, so I got a chance to try out my microphone with its windscreen.
We filmed a short interview here for our presentation, where Derek interviewed Peter, another classmate, about a fault. You can see in the picture the difference in color and fragmentation between the different types of rock.
The microphone worked pretty well, but you could still here some gusts in the video. But then again, I only had a foam windscreen, when you really need a "fuzzy" one for it to work well.
Next we stopped at the Eilson Visitor Center, which has a outlook on Denali (or Mt. McKinley, as it is officially called). It was cloudy, so we couldn't see all of it, but I still got some pretty pictures, I think.
In the upper right corner picture, Mt. McKinley is in the center, covered in clouds.Our planned hike for the day was out to Muldrow Glacier, and it was already 3:30. We missed the turn off, but as a result, saw a large moose. It was close to where we were going to hike, so we were careful as we hiked, but didn't see it.
The hike was through tundra, with lots of little shrubs. We passed a wildlife observation outpost, then came to a river. We walked along the river for a bit, then came to a outlook on the glacier.
The glacier was actually sediment covered, so the face looked like rock and the top like tundra. We shot a segment here about sedimentation, then went back to the car.