Our long bus ride and late return to camp led us to take it easy Thursday. Overdoing it and getting too tired is what causes my back to be unhappy, so I didn’t want to take any chances with that happening again. We did a couple household chores this morning, but mainly sat around sipping coffee, reading, and engaging our feeble minds with sudoku.
|Arctic Cotton grass|
This afternoon, we walked up the road about a mile and a half and back again, looking for and photographing the wildflowers. This seems to be peak season for the early flowers and they are in abundance everywhere.
We try to learn the flowers and are pretty good with the most common eastern flowers, but we’re pretty pitiful with everything else. We don’t have the proper wildflower guide book for this region, but Gene has searched in the western flower book we have to find some of what we are seeing here. I’ve labeled the photo, if we have anywhere near a clue as to what the flower is.
|Large flowered wintergreen|
I haven’t mentioned Mt McKinley--”the mountain”. It is, after all, a prominent feature of this park. I haven’t mentioned it because we haven’t yet seen it. It has kept itself hidden behind cloud cover since we’ve been here. We’re hopeful we’ll get to see it before we leave.
Enjoy the wildflower photos. I’ll name the ones I can.
NOTE: Since writing this we have purchased a wildflower book for this region. Hopefully, those flowers named are correct.
Thanks for tagging along.