Kara Yanagawa, a designer and veteran here at the Egg Press studio has been on many adventures this summer. Here's the latest….
Each September Denali National Park hosts a four-day event called "Road Lottery." During these four days, winners of a lottery drawing are given a chance to purchase a single, day-long permit, allowing them to drive as much of the Denali Park Road as weather allows. At other times of the year when the park is open, the only way into the park is on a bus.
My family has made a new tradition of entering the lottery and have scored a permit two years and running. I joined them this year for a 4 day getaway including good eats, thrift shopping and two nights and a full day at Denali National Park. The weather on our permit day was the best you could ask for - clear and somewhat sunny. Never mind the constant wind and 45 degree temp - it wasn't raining (as it had the day before and the day after) and we were happy. We saw six large grizzly bears - mammas and cubs mostly, Dall sheep lounging in the sun and a flock of swans making their way south. The fall colors were amazing - a range of yellows to reds mixed with the deep greens of the pines and the minty green of the lichen. We made it out to Wonder Lake (mile 85) at the end of the road - and got a quick glimpse of the mountain herself at the end of the day when the clouds cleared and we got a peek at her peak (see main image).