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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:
You can camp pretty much anywhere and it will be breathtaking.
The old Susitna Lodge (you too can buy it and go broke):
Wrestled him later that night:
A daily ritual. Created a sudden shortage of blueberries after my son scarfed down whole slopes of them:
Denali peeks out for a minute:
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:
I'll be out there next week (Wed-Fri). Just hoping for some sun.
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