Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Saturday, July 17th, Part 3

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As we covered more of the Denali Highway, we continued to be in awe of our surroundings. We saw a bald eagle soaring near the mountains. Anne, quite the photographer, captured it in this photo. Just a few miles further on, we began to see several glaciers in the distance between the mountains. If you look closely in this photo, you can see the river of ice on the distant landscape. We stopped beside one of the many lakes along the highway. There are also several campgrounds managed by the Bureau of Land Management along the road. Most of them seemed relatively empty. This seems quite a shame as this is one of the most scenic drives we have taken in the state. When we reached the highest summit along the highway at 4086 feet, Anne and I posed beside the sign. Greg climbed up a bigger hill and beckoned for us to come up and see the fantastic views. Anne made it about 4 feet up on a 6 foot climb before collapsing from exhaustion. Greg was forced to use his skills as a first responder to assist her at the scene. She got to her feet, regained her balance, smoked a cigarette, and was fully recovered. She was able to get to the top of the hill to view the endless beauty of the mountains, glaciers, tundra, rivers, and lakes. Near the end of the highway was a brand new rest stop. It had many awesome views and interpretive signs. This was a beautiful ending to a beautiful day.

1 comment:

  1. I am so thankful that Greg was able to respond! What an awesome trip! Thanks you all!