Our big adventure was to be a 2 1/2 hour flight around Denali summit, with a glacier landing on Wednesday.
|I placed this image first in the post because Facebook picks up the first picture to feature. It was taken well into our flight, it reminded us of Kool Whip.|
When I saw the rain forecast for our reserved day, I tried calling to see if we could move it up, but was told there were no open seats.
Long rambling paragraphs cannot do justice to what we saw, so here are some of the pictures we took.
It was fascinating to see the river-like routes the glaciers take. They looked like multicolored ribbons.
This shot was from much higher up, and we could see a glacier going down either side. Craig says they looked like freeways.
What keeps this snow on the side of this peak? It looks like it should have slid long ago!
On the other hand, these peaks have lost almost all their snow. Aren't they amazingly sharp?
A fluffy layer of clouds was gathering on the west side of the range as we flew around.
I think this one was trying to be a mountain peak.
After a while you start to see things up there. Like the tail of a giant sleeping lizard.
We got as close to the face of Denali as we could without being climbers! Good thing we had an excellent pilot. I felt safe most of the time.
But as we descended for our glacier landing, I felt uneasy as I noticed how rough and small the glacial patches seemed.
But we turned and before us was a long, relatively smooth glacier. Our pilot measured the snow with an avalanche pole and told us there was about twelve feet of 2016-17 snow on top of the glacier ice.
The glacier was in a valley so we were in shadow, but the low sun on the surrounding minor peaks was amazing.
And finally these pictures of us with the oxygen masks we wore while over 12,000 feet. Craig looks like he is in photographer heaven!
So, if you find yourself in Talkeetna, Alaska on a nice day, go fly to the peak of Denali with K2.
For us it was a trip of a lifetime!