Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve

Behemoth peaks in the clouds

Flightseeing over Denali. Photo by Richard Varr

Flightseeing over Denali. Photo by Richard Varr

Sunbeams shot through the plane window, reflected from the snow covered mountain peaks of Denali National Park. I was in a small, twin engine 12-seater flying over Denali’s craggy terrain with the goal of seeing the mountain – Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest. The question was, would we see it through the clouds or would it be lost in a white mist?

Mt. McKinley from the air. Photo by Richard Varr

Mt. McKinley from the air. Photo by Richard Varr

I was mesmerized by the views below – jagged mountain peaks and mountainsides, some draped in snow maybe 30 feet or more deep, and views of the elongated Eldridge Glacier on the valley floor. The glacier looks like a two-lane superhighway from our vantage point.   All of a sudden, our pilot yells, “there it is!” We see Mount McKinley – just the tip of the taller, snow covered South Peak – shooting out above the clouds.

Denali by the Savage River. Photo by Richard Varr

Denali by the Savage River. Photo by Richard Varr

Denali is one of North America’s most dramatic, mountain-filled national parks with grizzly bears, wolves, Dall sheep, moose and caribou. Six and eight-hour park tours take passengers deep into the park where private cars are not allowed.

For more information:  http://www.HollandAmerica.com

Hike through Denali. Photo by Richard Varr

Hike through Denali. Photo by Richard Varr

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