A tribute to Denali
An ode to the proud and mighty Denali, the crowning glory of the Alaskan range. A mountain, a reserve park as well as a town bearing the same name, Denali brings joy to the heart and a skip in the step as the author recounts her time in the wilds of Alaska.
I was in Alaska in June 2017. This state is indeed so bewitching that I just couldn’t help paying a tribute to Denali, one of the finest towns of Alaska.
The Koyukan and Athabaskans bow in reverence to a great structure standing high and tall, called Bolshaya Gora by Russian but Denali, Dinale or Daynalee by the natives of Alaska. Every mountain range in Alaska moves as a family, similar in spirit to the mighty Himalayas of the Indian subcontinent. So also his Majesty, the mighty Denali along with the entire Alaska range, comprises mountains that span like obedient kiths & kin.
Denali at a height of 20,310 feet is the crowning glory for the planet. It is a still growing tectonic mountain, and therefore is still young in spite of the vagaries of nature like weathering and erosion. Denali’s family includes a host of mountain; two of the prominent are Mount Foraker and Mount Hunter.
Besides its loftiness what is ecstatic and striking is the wilderness, surrounding it called the Denali wilderness. To be amongst the big 5 is simply amazing. The Caribou, the Dall Sheep, the Moose, the Grizzly Bears and the 18 packs of Wolves.
In June when we were at Denali, it was fascinating to sight a host of beautiful flora. We saw and admired the state flower forget me not, louse wort, columbine, larkspurs, fireweed and some chocolate lilies. I was fortunate enough in seeing the hills in streaks of pink Louse Wort, blue lupine and yellow moss campion. To top it all, are the beautiful lakes dotted all over the place and my favourite has been the Kenai Lake, a beautiful zig zag shaped water body forming a spectacular destination for fishing and outdoor activities. The more I delve into the spirit of this mystic land, unending is the tale.
Cover Photo: Denali National Park and Preserve | By: https://en.wikipedia.org, AlbertHerring
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