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Denali Wrap Up ... another amazing summer

It is just a few days now before I leave Alaska, perhaps for the last time.  It's made me reflect on all the experiences I've enjoyed over the summer.  I asked myself, "Self.....did you make the right choice?" in coming to Alaska, and specifically Denali National Park.  When I think back over all that has happened this summer I am certain I did make the right decision.  Alaska is a tough, hard, rugged place at it's core.  Come visit it as young as you can ... as it takes extreme exercise and perseverance to get to it's neatest places.  These places are breath taking and well worth the effort.  The wildlife is still abundant and like nothing you will ever see again in the lower 48 states.  Temperatures can be extreme ... from 40 below zero to nearly 100 deg .... dress accordingly :) The people are as tough as the landscape, but friendly and welcoming.  I'll never figure out how an Alaskan can buzz down an ice covered highway at 70 mph and not think a thing about it (while I'm petrified going 30 mph).  I'll never forget my trip out the (gravel) Denali Highway a few weeks ago ... when, after 65 miles of sharp gravel and pot holes, my truck got a flat and an Alaskan fixed my tire for free.  His only comment was, "I've never charged a person for plugging a tire, and I never will"  To this guy every stranger is his neighbor in this vast wilderness called Alaska.   I have had lots of folks following my blogs and Facebook posts.  Let me suggest something .... quit dreaming and start scheming your way up here! You don't need to live Alaska through me, you need to live Alaska for yourself.  Bottom line....I've grown to love this place for what it is...a vast wild space, untamed and undisturbed.  I hope we keep it that way forever.  Happy travels!  Ranger Rich

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Comment by Ann Carr on September 22, 2013 at 8:34pm

Amen to that Rick!  Loved the people I met there for sure... maybe again someday in a different place and time.... Glad to be back home though... the grandkids have grown at least three inches over the past five months.

Comment by Carol on September 19, 2013 at 12:53am

Raining a bunch here in Girdwood. I just got back yesterday from my road trip. I put the stuff on my blog

Us Tough ones winter here, Leo.....LOL   (just messing with you)

Comment by Leo Anderson on September 14, 2013 at 3:13pm

Aggie aka Ranger Rich,

Thank you for the wonderful updates throughout the summer! I loved Skagway, Alaska last summer and am looking forwad even more to my adventure in Denali in Alaska next summer!



Comment by Carol on September 12, 2013 at 11:20pm

yes, Ken, I have five days to do this drive, so about 500 miles a day, then right back to work at Alyeska.

Comment by ken horner on September 12, 2013 at 5:52pm

you driving back up there Carol? I look forward to reading about the trip. It'll help me with plans for mine. Be safe.

Comment by Carol on September 12, 2013 at 1:55pm

I'm going to blog about my road trip. Right now I'm in Washington state at my daughters. Tomorrow, Canada!

Comment by ken horner on September 12, 2013 at 7:47am

I know the couple of months that I was there before wasn't enough. I'm trying to put a trip together and take the motorcycle with me next summer. I'd like to do a couple months without working. we'll see?

Comment by Carol on September 11, 2013 at 1:36pm

And your description defies my experiences so far, Rich, thanks for posting.

Down here in Girdwood, we've had rain, rain, rain, and 50-70 degrees. Everything is green, the glaciers off in the distance make a beautiful back drop. I'm driving back heading out in the morning. Then....


I shall see some more Alaska.

Totally agree with you, see Alaska if you're dreaming about it at all.


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