Well, it’s that time of year again. I’ll be heading back up to Denali National Park and Preserve this summer to help celebrate the park’s 100th birthday! This will be my first time driving up. If you’d like to follow me along on my 3,800 mile journey click this link to see where I am over the next week 🙂
I’m sure some of you have been wondering what the accommodations are like here in Denali. Most of the seasonals like myself live in “C-Camp”, which is where the 200 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers lived during the summers of 1938 and 1939 to build some of the original infrastructure for what was then Mount McKinley National Park. In recent years the local high school shop class has worked with the park to build 2 new cabins each year to replace the old ones. Each cabin is a little different as they took into account suggestions from the residents. Every cabin has 2 single rooms, a full kitchen, a common area, and there is a bath house and recreation hall in the middle of C-Camp for all to use.
August 25th marks the centennial for the National Park Service. 100 years of protecting and preserving of federal lands for this and future generations to appreciate. Whether you live near a National Park unit, a state forest, or even an urban site, I encourage you all to go out and find your park.
Apologies for the lack of posts! Things have been very busy here, and I haven’t had much time to go through my pictures and edit them. The next few posts I make will be from a weekend trip I took to the end of the road: Wonder Lake/Kantishna.
Here are a few pictures from the bus ride along the 92 mile park road.
Park visitation normally picks up around holidays, so yesterday I went out on a trail rove up to the Mt. Healy Overlook to talk with visitors along the way. The hike was nice, and the weather wasn’t too shabby either :p
Some of you may be wondering what is next for me. Well, you no longer have to speculate about this. I am happy to say that I have travelled back to Alaska! This time I will be working at Denali National Park & Preserve as a Park Ranger (Interpretation) at the entrance area!
This past Saturday I flew up to Fairbanks from Indiana to stock up on supplies before heading out on the Alaska Railroad the following morning. I reached Denali that afternoon and have been taking the time to settle in and explore my new home. Training will begin this Thursday and will last several weeks before the summer season begins. I am very excited about this opportunity, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you all!
On September 20 my roommate woke me up just past midnight to let me know that he had seen the Aurora Borealis! I quickly put on some layers and got my camera to head out into the night to take a look at this amazing spectacle. While my coworkers and I were out we watched the Aurora creep up overhead, which apparently is very rare for this location in Alaska. We were lucky enough to get a cool, clear night for a change instead of the normal rain and clouds. We also got to see some shooting stars, and some bears fishing all while this was happening. I’ll be posting more Aurora pictures in the future! Not a bad start for a birthday :p