— Denali National Park
Denali National Park is named for the mountain at its center (see photo #1, at left). Known officially as Mt. McKinley, most of the people we met called it Denali, or, simply, "The Mountain". Usually obscured by clouds, Denali was visible for almost all of our visit. At over 20,000 feet high, it is the tallest mountain in North America. Rising from a base that is only 2,000 feet high, Denali exposes more of itself than any other mountain in the world. It is a truly impressive sight.
The National Park is famously large, larger than the State of Massachusetts. There is exactly one road in the Park, gravel, and 91 miles long. The Kantishna Road House lies at the end of the road. This is where we stayed for 3 days, enjoying a variety of hikes and magnificent views of the Mountain. And, although we tended to focus our attention on the grand views and the wildlife, the smaller, more intimate landscapes were also beautiful.
Finally, no description of Denali National Park would be complete without at least mentioning the mosquitos. Enough said.