I should make brief mention about some of the FAIL that we experienced the other day. We had a pretty awful tour guide. We were stuck on the bus with her for 13 hours and she talked almost the entire time. If I hear "web of life" or "plants and animals" one more time (unless talking about the cool Canadian band) I think I will scream! She droned on endlessly about the fragile Denali ecosystem. OK. We get it! She also had a tendency to spend about 1 minute when a grizzly bear was sighted but stop for 5 minutes every time someone saw a Dall Sheep 1000' up a cliff, visible as a tiny white dot at the road. Never mind we saw a whole herd about 50' from the road (see last post for pic). She also ticked me off when she talked about how awesome it was seeing a fox trot along the road just in front of the bus even though only she and the people in the 1st row could see it (not good for us sitting at the back.) But I eventually got my pic of the cute foxy.
And now...on to the awesomeness!
Yes! I will actually put 2 pics outside of cuts to whet the appetites of those that want tremendous views of nature and those that are interested in fursuit silliness.
For those that want grand scenery...
and for those that want fursuit silliness...
Awesome glacial scenery. Textbook medial moraine.
Looking down on a glacial toe. It almost looks like the surface of the Moon. Yes, there's ice under there!
Makes me want to jump down there and go for a hike. Or maybe not.
I get cold just looking at these pics!
You can certainly see how glaciers are referred to as "rivers of ice"
I think this is a peak known as "Moose's Tooth." It's famous in the climbers' circle.
The magnitude of the shear faces was just unbelievable.
Proof that we actually made the landing on the glacier
I just love the composition of this pic. Once again...brrrrr!
I'm not sure if this was Denali or one of the sister peaks
I snapped this pic through the cockpit window before going to change my undies.
Another classic medial moraine as well as some damn fine crevasse structure
Glacial surface lake. These were found all over the place. The intense blue color caused by the glacial ice was almost unworldly. Who knows how deep they could be. In glacial geology class I remember lectures on how they could empty in seconds like someone flushing a toilet.
And now for some fursuit fun! This was the pic we really wanted. There were quite a few folks there wanting the pic of the mountain below the sign. After we showed up, everyone wanted a pic of the mountain below the sign with the silly critters.
There was also a statue of 2 rams fighting. I played referee.
A pic of Denali from the deck of the lodge. Once again we were swarmed for pics including from a family who was there celebrating their mother's 90th birthday.