|Camper Bus: 3:30pm departure from the Visitor Center|
The 35 mile hike turned into a 46 mile hike, because I love the miles! We had planned to start at Highway Pass, but the park was so beautiful and we wanted to get nearer to Mount Denali, so we stayed on the bus until Stoney Pass.
It was just a few miles between Stoney Pass and Highway Pass and there was still light at 7pm, when we got out that way, so we walked on. That was how it went for two days, continued, steady pace and lots of foods. I love hiking and I love food, the combo is fantastic.
At present, I'm weary from a couple of late nights and early mornings, and the end of the season busyness. We are nearing shutdown and a few employees depart each day, bound for their next adventures and employment and school. It's tough physically - the cleaning and laundry, and it's tough emotionally, saying goodbye to so many kind and hard workers.
Today my mom departs Denali. It's been a gift having her here. We've never gotten to spend this much adult time together. Now I will go and drive her to the Grande Denali Lodge, so that she can finish her paperwork, and then I will drive her to the train station where she will board the Alaska Railroad bound for Anchorage.
Summer is gone, I am now 35 and it was a fantastic hike. I'm grateful for it all.
|Site of our first night Campsite|
|Toklat River behind us|
|East Fork braided river|
|Sable Pass on our second day of walking|
|A Birthday Feast provided by my mom, who came to meet us on the bus|
|Walking together east of Teklanika|
|Sanctuary River Campground, mile 22 and almost to the finish.|
|Looking down on Savage River as we near completion|
|At the Finish - Savage River Bridge.|