Sunday, July 6, 2014

VIEWS OF MT. MC KINLEY

We recently enjoyed a cruise from Vancouver, B.C to Whittier, Alaska stopping in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and College Fjord on the way.  We then had a "brief" tour of Denali National Park and Denali State Park via bus and train.  Denali and Mt. McKinley were certainly the highlight of the trip although our visits to the various stops were brief.  We spent the day in Denali State Park on June 2nd and kept checking for a clear view of Mt. McKinley but it was mostly covered in clouds.  We rose early on June 3rd, the last day of our trip, to put our luggage out and have breakfast before catching the bus to Anchorage.
We were surprised and excited to wake up to nearly clear skies and beautiful views of Mt. McKinley.  We consider ourselves very fortunate as only 30% of those visiting Mt. McKinley get to see an unobstructed view of this magnificent sight and the tallest peak in North America.  Needless to say, I took a few hundred photos of this spectacle and am sharing of few of them here for you to enjoy.  I have 5 more galleries containing photos of the Alaskan landscape and glaciers in Glacier Bay and College Fjord if you would like to see more.  You can view the additional photos on my web site at:  http://www.budellison.com/Alaska-Denali-National-Park.  Hope you enjoy the photos.  Click on any photo to view a larger image.

Mt. McKinley on 6/3/2014 at 6:35 AM
A National Treasure
Mt. McKinley on 6/3/2014 at 6:35 AM
Mt. McKinley
Clearing On The Mountain - 6:38 AM
Beautiful Morning On The Mountain
June 3, 2014 at 6:38 AM
Rare Beauty
Mt. McKinley on June 3, 2014 - 6:55 AM
Enjoying The View
Rare unobstructed view of Mt. McKinley - 7:46 AM
Another View of Mt. McKinley
6:55 AM on June 3, 2014
Mt. McKinley - Highest Peak in North America
Natural Beauty
Mt. McKinley With Fog In The Foreground - 6:25 AM
View of the Mountain From the Princess Lodge
Mt. McKinley In The Clouds - 6:26 AM
Mt. McKinley
6:33 AM
A Rare Opportunity
Mt. McKinley In The Clouds - 6:26 AM on 6/3/2014.
Could not stop photographing this spectacular landscape
and kept shooting until we got on the bus to leave.