This past Friday, I was extremely lucky. The routing took us so close to the mountain that I felt as if I could reach out and touch it. Usually, planes do not end up as close as they did that day. As soon as I realized I could see the mountain so clearly, the iPod came out and multiple pictures where taken. I'm sharing a few with you today.
The range leading up to Denali. Denali is the anglicized version for the native name of the mountain. It means "The Tall One". If you are of a certain age, you learned the name of the mountain as Mount McKinley. Back in 1896, when McKinley ran for office, a supporter of his began calling it Mount McKinley and it stuck because Congress recognized the name officially in 1917 many years after his assassination in 1901
|Top of Denali|
It remained as Mount McKinley officially for many many years but in Alaska it remained Denali. In 1980, Congress took the step to rename the park itself to Denali National Park and Preserve but the mountain still remained McKinley. In 1975, the State Legislature of Alaska filed a request to rename the mountain to Denali but it took until 2015 for the request to be granted.
|Closer view of the top of Denali|
When the park opens in May, they usually offer local residents the chance to drive into the park to a certain point but once the season starts, you usually take a bus to visit the visitors centers. It is possible to get camping permits for certain campgrounds sprinkled throughout the park. There are also a couple of lodges to stay in the park but those can be rather expensive.
|Another view of the mountain|
There is a train that runs from Anchorage to Fairbanks that stops by the entrance to the park. In addition, it is possible to arrange a tour by a tour company. I've ridden one of the buses through the park and stopped at the visitor centers. I've seen bears in the wild and found ripe blueberries inside.
It was beautiful.
I'm currently in Honolulu both working and enjoying myself. I'll share more photos with you over the week including a wonderful Cultural Heritage site I'm visiting early in the week. I hope you enjoyed these. Let me know what you think.