Alaska – 2014-07-20

A drive into 6.2 million acres of almost untouched land.

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Above – Our nice motel in the town of Denali. That sign is heavy, those guys could ‘bearly’ hold it up. (This caption writing is not improving with experience.)

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Above – Employment opportunities, hope they pay well, check out the price of gas (below). It was the highest we saw, the norm was around $4 a gallon.

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Above – Our Denali limousine, the only vehicles allowed in much of the park.

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Above and Below – We immediately spotted the Alaska State bird, a couple of Willow Ptarmigans. Well, the park guide and driver spotted it, we weren’t on a first name basis with the State Bird yet, and we couldn’t pronounce his last name.

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Above – ‘Threaded’ rivers formed by tons of ground up rock from the glaciers being constantly reshaped by winter ice and spring floods. The silt has the texture of flour.

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Above and Below – Kodachrome Pass. I pains me that I don’t have the ability to capture even 2% of the grandeur of a place like this. It was a ‘wish you were here’ moment. If you are interested, HERE is a much larger version of the picture above.

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Above – Campers are allowed to drive into some of the park campgrounds, but once there, they have to park the car and hike everywhere; one entrance, one exit, no driving out to get a pizza.

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Above – Some large mammals were spotted. Caribou! This picture above is the way we saw them. Remember that they become reindeer if you domesticate them. They also, apparently, learn to fly.

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Above – The guide had a video camera tied to the bus monitors. He could use his powerful telephoto lens to get close-up shots. They were not always from the best angle, ‘butt’ you could sure see the details.

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Above – A really great picture on the monitor.

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Above and Below – Were the roads narrow? Did the windows get dirty? Yes and yes. Our driver/guide spent time at every stop tackling the second problem.

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Above – A close-up of another ‘threaded glacial runoff river’.

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Above – Perfect ending to a terrific day.


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