Denali, Alaska: 10 days of breaking trail alvin January 12, 2017 - 9:57am

“The dogs have just returned from 10 days of breaking trail to Toklat and back.”

~ A note from this Denali National Park and Preserve page on Facebook

Denali, Alaska in September alvin September 10, 2016 - 7:53pm

This is a photo of Denali, Alaska, on September 12, 2007.

Denali gives me the opportunity to be my best self alvin July 27, 2016 - 11:01am

“Denali gives me the opportunity to be my best self.”

That’s a thing that I like about Alaska: If you have doubts about who you are, you can go live in remote areas of Alaska and find out what you’re made of.

Looking at Denali from the hill in Talkeetna, Alaska alvin July 1, 2016 - 11:34am

This is me taking a photo of other people taking photos of Denali on top of the hill in Talkeetna, Alaska. Having lived in Talkeetna, I was fortunate to see Denali many times, but for other people it was rare. The top of Denali can usually only be seen once every eight days, on average.

The road on the right leads into town, and you can’t really see Denali until you come to this point, so it was common to see people suddenly stop on the road, and then turn into this parking area.

(Click on the photo to see a much larger image of Denali.)

Where in the world is President Obama? alvin September 2, 2015 - 5:23pm

In case you wondered where Kotzebue, Alaska (population ~3,300) is, I hope this map is helpful.

One point worth mentioning is that there are no roads on most of the west side of that map. For instance, there is no way to drive from Fairbanks to Nome, Talkeetna to Nome, Fairbanks to Barrow, Nome to Kotzebue, etc. There is one road from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, and it’s called the Dalton Highway. That’s where the “Ice Road Truckers” drive.

Also of interest is that President Obama is nowhere near Alaska’s state capitol. In fact, Alaska is so big, Juneau, Alaska is not even on this map. It’s off the map to the lower-right.

Map courtesy of Google Maps.

Denali, Alaska alvin August 30, 2015 - 4:03pm

Instead of “officially” being named for a U.S. President who never visited Alaska, Denali finally has the correct official name. Politics and politicians, yeesh.