Photogallery: USA: Nature of Alaska
USA: Nature of Alaska
heading (paragraph): Nature
No. of pictures: 39 pictures
The land filled with beauties of nature, reservations and natural parks. Mountains, tundra, forests and lakes. The highest peak of this northern land is Mount McKinley (6194 metres) in NP Denali.
Text: Monika Babická
Photo: Magdaléna Radostová
My trip to Alaska actually started long time before departure. Why Alaska, if beautiful places are really a lot? To fill my dream of travelling has helped me realize my father, an avid hunter, who for 20 years has travelled almost the whole world.
Mauna Kea or in English White Mountain is the main destination in our today’s article. Maybe you remember that Mauna Kea is basically the tallest mountain on our planet. And also that it is a volcano which erupted six thousand years ago for the last time.
There is no road to the Alaskan capital, Juneau. This is the only reason why it is a relatively non-traditional location. You can get here either by boat or by plane. It is located on a mainland promontory in the south of the state and is separated from the Pacific Ocean by a network of islands. Despite its remoteness, Juneau is a popular and attractive tourist destination with a large selection of interesting natural sites, which is clearly dominated by the Mendenhall Glacier (about 20 kilometers northwest of Juneau).
The next day we are going to the port town of Seward, on the way we stop at wild river and this day will finish by exploring the Research Centre of the marine ecosystem of Alaska.
The following day is dedicated to the rocky landscape of ice - Kenai Fjords National Park.
On highway, that follows the Seward Highway - the main road of the peninsula, we are going to the protected wilderness areas of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. But first - visit the musher´s family and their shaggy sled dogs.
The next day we addict to knowledge about bald and brown eagle.
Today awaits us a long crossing from Hatcher Pass to the Denali National Park. If we travel without a pause, we would need at least 4 hours.
Today's visit of Denali park will take as all day (or rather few days). We were provided with tickets in advance and we are accommodated close to the park, so we can be in place in time, preferably in the first row to have the best view.
According to the original plan we had to rest, however, after mutual agreement we decide to only pass through Fairbanks and continue to Yukon. If we are lucky, we will conquer the Arctic Circle.
We meet at 8 o’clock for breakfast. Concerning our late arrival yesterday we choose our program of the day just now. It has been decided. We leave Fairbanks and continue to Chena Hot Springs to its thermal springs.
The Tangle Lakes area is a popular camping site. In the region are many fishermen who enjoy their hobby. Tangle of lakes and rivers which going through a hilly landscape offer enough opportunities to catch fish. Today you will enjoy beautiful panoramas.
I have been telling myself for several times that there is nothing better than this place. Such a romantic place… there couldn’t be greater romance. But better comes on the following days, another experiences and again totally fantastic landscape, accommodation… well, it’s just great!
Today we will move from McCarthy to Valdez. As I said before, major part of the road was built on former railroad Copper River and Northwestern Railway. Services here are really minimal and there is no gas station.
To explore the Katmai Island we have only one day – today. This is why we plan everything carefully and try to avoid every loss of time. Do you know what to do when suddenly a bear appears in front of you? You have to keep proper distance, don’t look him in the eyes, don’t run – a bear is certainly faster than you – and talk to him with calm voice and slowly move backwards. Regardless all advice it is still better, however, to avoid encounter with a bear.
Today, for the first time, is our "reveille" later than usual. Our photo-expedition ends. It remains only to buy some souvenirs, pack our things and prepare for our way back home tomorrow.
Today we will follow up on a walk from last week, when we went to the capital of the largest American state.
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