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Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Soaring Over Denali National Park


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Last week, on my day off, I was blessed with another opportunity to take a flight over Denali National Park.

Waiting for my plane pickup by Kantishna Air Taxi–at a typical Alaskan runway

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.

Cantwell Glacier

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…

Stay tuned!



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15 thoughts on “Soaring Over Denali National Park

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  3. Oh my, I think I’ve got to return to Alaska. Spectacular images. Thank you for sharing them.

  4. Thank you for visiting Wordless Wednesday at I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your photo this week! I hope to see you again soon.
    Have a great week,

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  6. Love your photos!!! That looks amazing. I wanna go!!

  7. Hi! I’m stopping by from the Wordless Wednesday blog hop from Seven on a ShoeString. Yours was the entry before my blog. I’m so glad I did! Your pictures are stunning. I can’t wait to see the photos from the bus trip. I subscribed so I don’t miss it. Thanks so much for posting!


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  9. So pretty…

    When we went to Washington last summer we went on a flight out over the San Juan Islands in the Puget Sound. (It was a little teeny 4 person plane…) I sat in the front (and got a turn to fly the plane…so cool) but that meant that I had a giant dashboard right in my face. Don’t get me wrong, the islands were GORGEOUS from above…but holy cow… by the time we had to circle around twelve thousand times before we could land because of turbulence, my poor motion sick self was done… ha ha ha. I don’t know if I could stand a longer flight in such a teeny plane!

  10. You are brave for going up in that small plane! Beautiful pics 🙂

    • Thanks, Lauren! I have very selective memory. I get all jazzed up about these types of flights, but then right after take off (and definitely when things get bumpy) I remember just how much I hate them. This one was the worst. I think I turned green midway through!

  11. What a fantastic thing that I missed out on, due to weather..and fear..when I was in

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