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Monday, November 28, 2022

Denali: Crown Jewel of our National Parks by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Denali:  Crown Jewel of our National Parks
by Robert Glenn Ketchum




Starting in 1985, I spent 24yrs. visiting Alaska several times each year. Of the many places that I went, my favorite was to stay at Camp Denali, where I often lectured and taught workshops. These images were all created during those numerous visits.  
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Monday, November 28, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #21
Denali #21:  
On cold fall nights Wonder Lake often steams. As it is directly below the ridge on which Camp Denali is built, it is an easy walk down, and on this particular morning the steaming lake has frosted much of the tundra. When the sun reaches here the frost will melt off in minutes.


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Monday, November 21, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #20
Denali #20:  
On a stunningly clear morning at the southern end of Wonder Lake, Denali looms above a tundra ablaze with color.


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Monday, November 14, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #19
Denali #19:  
In these particular foothills there are often many goats to be seen grazing at the higher elevations, so the Camp Denali bus often stops here to let the guests watch and take pictures.


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Monday, November 7, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #18
Denali #18:  
Behind the library at Camp Denali, and directly in front of the dining room windows is a pond that in the fall is surrounded by a sea of color. On many mornings a moose appears, wading into the pond to graze. On my last visit she brought her young calf with her.


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Monday, October 31, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #17
Denali #17:  
Something you will only see if you are staying at Camp Denali, the sun setting on Denali and the Alaska Range. If you are staying at one of the hotels outside the park, you might not even have a sunset.


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Monday, October 24, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #16
Denali #16:  
As fall descends on Denali National Park, the green of summer gives way to a broad array of fall colors.


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Monday, October 17, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #15
Denali #15:  
At the base of the ridge upon which Camp Denali (  ) is built flows Moose Creek. There is a path that parallels the creek, mostly used by fishermen. On an afternoon when my kids, and I, chose not to go on a guided trip, we walked down the hill from the camp, and followed the creekside path. About 1/2 mile along it, a side stream entered into Moose Creek, and we found that it was flowing from a hot spring. Curious, we decided to follow it for a while, and we found ourselves surrounded by an especially verdant habitat of brilliant fall colors, and lush green mosses.


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Monday, October 10, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #14
Denali #14:  
This particular burst of fall color also holds a special treat, there are A LOT of edible berries here.


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Monday, October 3, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #13
Denali #13:  
The fall colors of Denali National Park are especially dramatic from the air. Here a river valley is, literally, awash with color.


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Monday, September 26, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #12
Denali #12:  
After an all night rain, the fall landscape of Denali National Park is aglow with saturated color.


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Monday, September 19, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #11
Denali #11:  
On many days, weather builds above the Alaska Range as heat rises off the valley floor and creates thunderstorms. If you are staying at one of the hotels outside the park, you may not be having any weather encounters at all, but at Camp Denali you are housed looking at some of the tallest peaks in the range, and often there are some spectacular displays of lightening and/or rainbows. This evening we have a vibrant main bow, and a faint second bow echoing it.


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Monday, September 12, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #10
Denali #10:  
The naturalist that guide the day hikes at Camp Denali are fabulous, and especially good if they sense any curiosity in the accompanying children. Here one of them sits down with Travis and Talja to identify various wildflowers from her ID manual.


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Monday, September 5, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #9
Denali #9:  
At the peak of fall, the tundra surrounding Wonder Lake shows off its interwoven diversity with an unparalleled display of color. Each plant has its own hue, and it makes clear how complex the growth is.

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #8
Denali #8:  
Peak fall colors in Denali National Park surround you at all levels. In the last post, I was down on my hands and knees, grazing blueberries. Here, I am pondering a fairly expansive landscape that is equally colorful. The evergreens are a perfect foil to set off the golden patches of deciduous trees, and the deep red of the tundra. The naturalists that guide the daily hikes at Camp Denali take you to a different location everyday, and all of them offer spectacular presentations of fall color.

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Monday, August 22, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #7
Denali #7:  
In many places the fall red of the tundra is interlaced with grasses and vines, and often various edible berries can be found and grazed upon. There are numerous blueberries hiding in this mosaic, and I am nibbling away.

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #6
Denali #6:  
When you stay at Camp Denali, every day you have several options to go hiking, and when peak fall descends on the landscape of the park, pretty much walking anywhere is a spectacle of color. The terrain is dotted by evergreens, and clusters of deciduous trees that tend to turn gold, but that is only part of the color show. There are many scrub bushes that also turn, and the tundra covered terrain of Denali becomes a deep red.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #5
Denali #5:  
Once we got the Camp Denali canoes unlocked, Travis, Talja, and I, headed out into the glassy waters of Wonder Lake. Denali loomed over the far end of the lake, and cast a near perfect reflection in front of us. Pretty much the only ripples were ones of our making. A good morning was had by all.

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #4
Denali #4:  
At the foot of the ridge on which Camp Denali is built, lies Wonder Lake, where several canoes are maintained for the use of the guests. On this particular morning, Denali was “out” under a perfectly clear sky, so after breakfast, Travis, Talja, and I, decided we would walk down the hill, and canoe on the lake to take in the stunning view. Actually, there was more to see than just Denali. The sunrise creeping down Strawberry Ridge, was being reflected in the still waters of the lake, and that was a show worth taking in, as well.

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #3
Denali #3:  
There are many advantages to staying in Camp Denali, besides the amazing view of the mountain, the knowledgeable naturalist/guides, the great food, and the informative evening programs, for one, when you wake up you are inside the park staring at Denali. About this same time, all of those staying in the hotels outside the park are having breakfast prior to their 6hr. drive each way, that only takes them to the halfway point of the park road. At Camp Denali on a clear day, you will likely be having breakfast looking at this. No one staying outside the park will ever see a sunrise on the summit.

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #2
Denali #2:  
To the disappointment of many, when they get to the Eielson Visitor Center, where you do have a distant view of the mountain, you still may not see it, because Denali generates its own weather and is only visible about 45 days of the year, many of them in the winter. Lots of tourist who have had multiple visits to the park still have never see Denali. There is lodging within the park in a spectacular setting that looks directly at the mountain, and overlooks wonder lake. Called Camp Denali, it hosts 19 rustic log cabins on a high ridge, along with a library, several equipments sheds, a large dining hall, and kitchen. The cabins have no electricity, but use kerosene lamps, and are heated by a potbelly stove. Nor is there running water, but just off the cabin porch (that faces Denali) there is a water pump. The cabin beds are covered with quilts, and although spare, the accommodations are VERY comfortable. This lodging is the VERY best way to really see the park, and the peak, but it does not come cheaply, costing $1,100 per night, per person with a minimum stay of 3-days. The price is all inclusive, the dining is fabulous, and the daily guided hikes are led by knowledgable naturalists. Denali is part of the 600-mile long Alaska Range many peaks of which are 10,000ft or greater. Often the range is below the cloudline that so often surrounds Denali summit, and until the mountain can be seen, guests often ask, “how much bigger is Denali than the summits in the range?” This picture gives you a clue. Look carefully at the cloud layers in the upper right. That is just a small portion of the mountains face, peaking out between the clouds.

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Denali:   Crown Jewel of our National Parks #1
Denali #1:  
At 20,310ft., Denali is the tallest mountain in North America, and the center piece of the surrounding park and preserve that covers a staggering 6,045,153-acres. There is only one road in the park, and from the park entrance to Kantishna at the end of the road, it is 135-miles long, and mostly gravel. Most who visit the park stay in a concentration of hotels just outside the park, and wake early to eat breakfast and board a bus that will take them in. Around midday they will arrive at the Eielson Visitor Center, which, to the surprise of many, is as far as the bus will go before turning back. I say “surprise” because they are still many miles away from Denali, although it can be seen with telescopes and binoculars. Just to get to this point, and return back to their hotels, takes ALL day, and they have only driven 1/2 the road.

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