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Pre-Spring in Denali

By rumbleinthearctic on 2014.03.28 In Adventures Mountains Nature Nature Photography Outdoor

A couple of weekends ago me and a friend decided to take a daytrip to Denali. I feel lucky that we can just decide that, just like that. Hey, let’s go to Denali.

The drive down was beautiful as always, and it was sunny and clear.

Mighty Nenana

Part of the way you drive by mighty Nenana. Last year me and W drove down to Talkeetna early spring and the Nenana was raging. To the point it made me feel uncomfortable just sitting in the car driving by, that river can be scary. In the early spring you can usually cross the Nenana, but it does make me uncomfortable. There is an ice fall on the other side of the river called Johnny Cash falls, just because the train track comes around the bend on the other side, right across from the fall. I went ice climbing there a couple of years ago. But now, I rarely go ice climbing. Kind of sad, but I have had a couple of really, really cold ice adventures and gotten to realize that I actually rather be warm….than freezing.

Driving

While it was sunny it was still a little bit chilly. Around freezing I would say, or just slightly below. But the sun is so strong, and it is a fantastic heat source. During the evenings now it is below freezing (by quite a bit) but during the days the temperatures get up to around 40F. Spring is definitely approaching fast and we gain around 6.40 minutes every single day. Yes, EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Denali

Denali has started with a program that allows you to drive into mile 12.5 in the wintertime. There wasn’t that much snow so we decided to go for a short hike instead of skiing.
hiking

Hiking

You didn’t have to hike that far to start seeing some views. And since the weather was pretty clear you could clearly see the beautiful mountains
Mountains

And of course, mighty Denali.
Mighty Denali

After that hike we drove back home again, leaving Denali for this time. But we probably go back there soon again.
The road is long

I am lucky! Maybe I should say that I am spoiled. Definitely isn’t always easy living here, but the nature is breathtaking, every single day.
The mountains

Later that night the Aurora was out, yet again. This season has been great for aurora viewing.
Aurora

And another wonderful weekend passed. We shall see what adventures happens this weekend.

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