Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Saturday, July 16, 2011

July 16, 2011

Joni, Taylor, Kate, and I went to Crow Creek Mine to try our hands at gold panning. This mine began operation in 1897. It is located in a beautiful valley and still has some of the original buildings located on the property. We walked down the meandering trail to the roaring creek. We spent several hours digging soil, sifting, and panning for gold. Unfortunately, our efforts only produced a few flakes of gold. Still, it was good fun.
Thursday we decided to go to Denali. As we drove toward the park, we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the great mountain. The clouds cleared for just a few seconds and it appeared in all its glory. We got to the park in time for our 8 hour bus trip. There was quite a lot of wildlife to see on this trip. 6 bears, 3 wolves, 1 fox, a huge herd of caribou, snowshoe hare, and a moose were some of the animals we were able to view. Denali had once again disappeared behind a cloud cover. The scenery is always spectacular, even though it sprinkled rain and got foggy on us for a few minutes. We had a great time and really enjoyed the trip.

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