Last week, on my day off, I was blessed with another opportunity to take a flight over Denali National Park.
The weather wasn’t great, but I was optimistic anyway. Turns out positive thinking pays off!
The panoramic, bird’s eye view of the DNP landscape was, as always, completely breathtaking.
Soaring peaks. Massive glaciers. Stunning colors.
It’s almost too beautiful to believe.
The weather close to the mountain (Mt. McKinley) was great, so our pilot extended the flight and we flew around the peaks, through nearby passes, and along the glaciers. Luckily, our pilot on the 5-passenger aircraft was very experienced, otherwise the mostly-bumpy ride (which left me quite queasy) would have been much scarier.
Mt. McKinley never ceases to take my breath away.
Eventually we headed towards our final destination: Kantishna.
I try to make the trek out to the historical gold-mining town at the end of the Denali Park road at least once per season. I have never done it by plane before, so this was a treat.
Oh, and it also cut the trip down from 12-hours to just 7-hours.
After the flight, I spent about an hour hanging out in Kantishna before boarding a park shuttle bus headed out.
The 5-hour bus ride (and incredible wildlife I saw along the way) is a post for another day…