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Old 09-02-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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Default The Denali Highway

Here's some pictures of our trip down the Denali Highway a couple of weeks ago. Might have crossed paths with Rance and Sweden.

The Denali Highway is 135 miles of mostly gravel road connecting Paxson (on the Richardson) with Cantwell (on the Parks) and is truly one of Alaska's scenic wonders.

It winds through subalpine tundra in the foothills of the Alaska Range, around the Tangle Lakes, all the while meandering through three of the state's main river drainages (the Copper, Susitna and Tanana/Yukon), over MacLaren Summit, across glacier outwash plains and into boreal forests on the western end.

We saw several hundred members of the Nelchina herd, a few Dall sheep, and nary a moose (start of hunting season ya know).

Here are a few pictures (I'm not a talented a photographer--like many of you--so the scenery does all the work and gets the credit):

Tangle Lakes has a long and tangled history:


Future sausages:










MacLaren Lodge:



You can camp pretty much anywhere and it will be breathtaking.


MacLaren Glacier:





The old Susitna Lodge (you too can buy it and go broke):


The Su:




Wrestled him later that night:


Mount Deborah:





A daily ritual. Created a sudden shortage of blueberries after my son scarfed down whole slopes of them:





Denali peeks out for a minute:




Baby porky:




I love picking through this crap, I don't know why.




Rainbow Ridge (actually on the Richardson but still cool):


This picture was actually taken in DNP:


My son throwing rocks at grizzlies on the Teklanika River:
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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Wow, just......wow. Phenomenal pictures! Thank you for sharing!
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:32 PM
 
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Thanks Arctic... that was my favorite drive, just incredible.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:38 PM
 
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You're welcome. I love it. The best part was having my kid along for the first time where he could appreciate the experience. He wanted so badly to shoot bunnies but he's only 3 1/2.
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:25 PM
 
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Excellent photos!
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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OMG yes Artic!!... What great pictures and what a cutiee.. children do have a way of making you see something for the first time through their eyes... Thank you again
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:14 PM
 
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wow and WoW
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:10 PM
 
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Very nice!
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:58 PM
 
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Cool, may drive it tomorrow. Haven't done that in years!
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:38 PM
 
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I'll be out there next week (Wed-Fri). Just hoping for some sun.
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