Day 33-34 Anchorage, Alaska   Leave a comment

Leaving wet Denali proved to be somewhat of an eerie drive. The clouds covering the mountains reminded us of the Smoky Mountains, only these mountains are much larger.

Once the clouds cleared and the sun poked out, we could see the beautiful colors of the mountains.

We FINALLY got a glimpse of Denali – Mt. McKinley, as I knew it, has been renamed its Indian name of Denali. Mt. McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America reaching a little over 20,000 feet above sea level. It is difficult to get a good photo of the mountain because it is hidden in the clouds more often than not.

Very few people are ever successful in climbing this mountain, but many try. The temperatures easily reach -40 degrees and at times -70. The winds are so strong, as the jet stream flows through, that hikers have been blown off the mountain.

The captain of our rafting trip successfully climbed the Summit. It took him 26 days. Anyone can attempt to do the climb, but must not leave anything, and I mean ANYTHING, behind on the mountain. You also go up with a “team” and you must rely on your team for a safe return. The Park Service will tell you, do not rely on them for rescue.

None of my photos can compare with Teri’s. They flew up to 12,000 feet and landed on a glacier that was 8 or 9,000 feet above sea level.

We took our first ride in a float plane to view Anchorage and its surrounding area.

Taking off was a bit exciting as you saw the spray of water from the floats and then you were airborne.

Pictured below is a moose and her calf. They are the little dots in the middle of the photo.

We also visited a heritage center where we learned the local culture. There was a demonstration of dancing and the young man singing told us of his family and growing up on one of the western islands of Alaska. It’s amazing that they have no stores and their existence is dependent on each member of the village. They are allotted a number of whales they are allowed to kill by the number of people in their village.

After they danced for us, they asked the audience to dance for them. Marilyn was a real trooper.

We later had a wonderful dinner with show and a trip to the gift shop. As soon as we walked in, there was a HUGE chocolate fountain.

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Posted July 25, 2013 by carolnbill in Adventure Caravans, RV, Travel, Uncategorized

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