Everybody has different rules on what constitutes a visit to a national Park. For me personally I have to set foot in the national Park and do some kind of activity. It can be a scenic drive but more often than not it definitely becomes some kind of hike(s). But above anything else, what I must do in all of these national parks is take a picture in front of the entrance sign. For if I have not taken a picture in front of the entrance sign I’ve never actually seen the park…😂🧐
That’s always been my thing, but a few of the 8 parks in Alaska are presenting me a challenge.
Two of the four remaining parts don’t have any visitors centers near the areas that the Alaskan Bush pilots or flight Tours land. And those Bush flights are really really expensive. But what is less expensive is some kind a flight seeing tour.
Before this recent trip to Alaska, the idea of flying over a park just to check out it scenery was never a big enough appeal to have that constitute a visit into a national Park. And I’m not sure if my feelings will change. But after my 30 minute flight each way from Chitina Airport to McCarthy Airport with @wrangellmountainair
, the idea is not foreign and it’s on the table. The flight to do my Root Glacier hike was a huge a highlight of the trip as the actually walking on the glacier itself! Photo: 📷 @flightlevelfoto
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Do you like glaciers? If so, skip Glacier National Park and head over to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. Not only is it the biggest national park in the country boasting incredibly high mountains but it's also got more glaciers than you can shake a stick at!
While driving down the road in Alaska, we keep looking along all the beautiful waterways and forests for moose. But their natural habitat seems to be in town. This one was hanging out by the ranger station in Chitina.
When your travel buddy matches the wildflowers...here is @whitzyang
enjoying the view of the Wrangell Mountains and marveling at the beauty of this state. A gorgeous drive to conclude a joyful weekend. #accidentaltwinning #wrangellmountains
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to celebrate the extraordinary life my grandma, Lorene Ellis, lived. She hunted and trapped animals to survive and keep her family nourished during harsh winters... all with her hair done and lipstick on point. Any visitor down the 40-mile rough-and-tumble dirt road was offered food, shelter and friendly conversation. Pie and tea, a seat by the wood stove.
Her love is my family’s bedrock. Her acceptance of her children for who they were never wavered. She was forever an optimist, ‘it’ll get better soon;’ and she understood that that attitude, and hard work, was what it took to survive and thrive.
Over 80 people made their way down the road to remember her. Grandma made the Wrangell Mountains her home, and ours. 💙💙
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It was too hard trying to choose one last glacier hiking photo so here are a bunch! What an amazing experience.
Our minds were blown out on the glacier. Over and over.
Yes, the white stuff is glacier, but so is the brown stuff on the left. Zoom in and try to find the people on the white ice. They’re there - can you see them? It’s hard to believe that we joined them not long after this.
We took a photo of this old building in McCarthy and then saw an old photo of it in the museum. Swipe to see it.
The Kennicott glacier behind us as we cross the footbridge to McCarthy.
In McCarthy, the glacier dominates the landscape but there’s beauty wherever you look.
On the McCarthy road, we stopped and took in the marvel that is the Kuskulana Bridge. It’s a one-lane bridge with a minimal guardrail and we drove the RVs over it. You can see @motorhomeexperiment
on it in the last photo. We also walked the catwalk under the bridge. It was frightening, exhilarating and beautiful. And Kevin made it!
Jökulhlaup!!! We pause our usual programming to give you this unique look at what used to be Hidden Creek Lake. IT DISAPPEARED YESTERDAY! Every year Hidden Creek lake jökulhlaups- an Icelandic term for when a glacial ice dam breaks and all of a sudden, in a matter of hours, an entire lake drains. ❄️
The town of McCarthy annually celebrates the breaking of the dam on the pedestrian bridge as icebergs fly passed in the churning river below. 💧
Have a jökulhlaup question? So do we! We’re still learning about this unique occurrence and looking to Iceland and our Park geologist for a better understanding.
NPS KJP: Aerial view of a drained Hidden Creek Lake, full of icebergs. 💧
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Your free cabin in the woods is waiting! Pictured pad thai is not included unfortunately, but the peaceful solitude of an Alaskan night in the wilderness is ever-present in the 14 park-managed cabins. 🌲
Nugget Creek, Viking Lodge and Caribou Creek are all hike/ATV-able distances, while the other cabins require taking a plane into the backcountry of the park. For reservations, go to the link in our bio! And, as always, if you have any questions, feel free to comment. Happy cabin-hunting!
NPS KJP: (1) Viking Lodge cabin in the woods. (2) steaming pad thai dinner with candles in the public use cabin. (3) log book entry that reads "Back at the Viking Lodge Cabin for what is becoming a yearly fall tradition of hiking, ice climbing, Catan games and a great time with friends. We had a wonderful time here and are so thankful for this great cabin. We have dropped a lot of wood for the next users. We had some great wildlife sightings around the Wrangells in the last few days including two male Dall sheep butting heads, a hawk owl being mobbed by gray jays and lynx, wolf and other tracks in the snow. Happy travels to all.
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Mount Drum’s Ahtna name is Hwdaandi K’elt’aeni, or ‘Downriver of the one who controls the weather’. It is in reference to its location compared to Mount Wrangell (Ahtna name: K’elt’aeni), which is SO large that it often creates its own weather patterns for the area! ⛰
Both mountains are volcanos, and, on a clear day, can be viewed from our main Visitor Center in Copper Center.
NPS KJP: Image of Mount Drum covered in glacial ice.
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more Alaska pictures! these are from the drive up from Anchorage to Fairbanks, and include our stop at the Matanuska river and glacier, at the Wrangell-St. Elias Natl. Park visitor center, a view of (the feet of) Mt.s Sanford and Drum, and the exciting clouds the Wrangell range was making.