Some of the lodges had people demonstrating lifestyles from the old days of living in the bush. Many Alaskan natives still pursue a subsistence lifestyle, living in tiny villages not serviced by roads.
However, modern clothing, weapons, housing and other accouterments have replaced a lot of the old traditional ways.
We continued on to Denali, rain and shine. Amazingly, the clouds lifted for us just as we arrived at a viewpoint for Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley. We got to see the top of the peak, although the base remained in low clouds.
The Denali Princess Lodge was sumptuous, with hanging baskets and tubs of flowers everywhere. The lodge was located high on the banks of the Nenana River. Our room had a view of the spruce forest with scattered birches or aspen. We saw red squirrels dashing about, but few birds. The absence of birds other than bald eagles, magpies and ravens was par for this trip, except for our boat cruise. We had to work really hard to get the birds that we saw.