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... before dropping us back at the lodge. We visited a trapper’s cabin and saw some salmon starting their swim up creeks as well as lots of bald eagles. Very noisy and windy and whilst scenery was good, a fairly disappointing excursion for the price. Back to McKinley Princess Lodge for dinner (Crab Legs were fantastic!) and a glorious sunset with Mt Denali in full view with some wispy cloud reflecting the sunset hue … we were so lucky to see ...
... winds kicking up great snow storms. I hoped there were no more climbers up there. I won't lie, I knew that if we went down in an emergency, I would become some of the gray sediment crawling along with the glacier. I did not hyperventilate but I was doing a lot of positive self talk..."you will be OK, you will be OK, he does this all the time, you're going to make it, you're going to be OK". The plane banked around a peak and there was ...
Today we woke up early and had breakfast at the lodge. We left to go to the jeep tour but we were given the wrong directions so we got our refund. We found this air tour that took us around the summit of Mt. McKinley. It was gorgeous, we were also able to get out on a glacier in REAL SNOW! Under the snow was 30,000 ft of cold ice. ...
It was while on this tour that CJ got one of the thrills of her life when a bear walked out of the woods and down along our side of the bus..
Further into the park we were able to get Out of the bus and walk a short trail to one of the original log cabins used by the park rangers... Very basic..
All of this with commentary from our driver/guide..
Then it was back to the lodge and room service pizza and beer.. ...
... In fact in 1976 Alaskans voted the Willow area for their new capital site but funding for the move from Juneau to Willow was defeated in the 1982 election. The population is now around 2,100. The Iditarod restart takes place on WIllow Lake in early March (after a ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage on the first Saturday in March). From Willow to the end of the race at Nome it is 1,049 miles.
Just past Willow there was fog so thick that I had to slow right down ...