And there it was – the summit of Mt.McKinley!
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August 16th, 2009 – by: anupa_rk
Thrilled at this prospect we got in and were taken to a lake... and from there.. in a sea plane - up to Denali! And my oh my.
The wind started to get pretty rough then and so we had to retreat to lower altitudes... but we were all quite thrilled with this little stroke of luck that we had had! And even the pilot was so thrilled, that he gave us yet another treat after that!!! Instead of dropping us off at the base of the mountain range, he landed on a glacial lake!!! Right by a dusty brown glacier. And we walked on it!!! On the glacier! He said its usually not possible to walk on glaciers, because they are essentially ice.. and so, are inherently slippery and dangerous. But this particular glacier was in a region where the mountains were eroding at a very rapid pace. And so, the face of the glacier had gotten covered with several layers of grime and silt... making it look rock-like.. and rough. The bad part was that the lovely glacial blue was all hidden under this filth. But the good part was - I got to climb up on a glacier!!! The pilot left us there and giving us a map each, told us where he would pick us up a few hours later! Man that really beat trekking down at the base of the mountains! We were right in the middle of the range!!!
The trek was a fairly easy one and we soon reached the designated point. From there our pilot first flew us to the small town of Talkeetna.. to celebrate our seeing McKinley! He claimed that there was a tradition wherein, if a party successfully saw the summit, then they had to buy the pilot a drink!!! So we all got into a little local brewery and ordered some Alaskan beer for our fantastic pilot.. and for ourselves too, of course!!! The beer had a slightly different flavor and the women in the party didnt really appreciate it. Your truly, of course had no such problems ;) .. Anyway, so the doting husbands decided that they couldnt get drunk without the wives having something too! And so, Mimosa was ordered!!! And yours truly, being a woman, had to dig into that as well... obviously!!! And so, at 1 in the afternoon, we were all happily drunk and quite pleased with ourselves :D
Well, I guess its all part of the package when you’re on a vacation! ;)
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