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May 07, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

I'm here. I'm home. Mile 53 along the Denali Park Road. Two hours from the nearest store. Four hours from the nearest store where milk doesn't cost $8 a gallon. Life is good. In the two short weeks that I have been here I have had multiple firsts. Saw my first lynx(s), snowshoe hare, made my first loaf of bread and saw the roof of North America aka Denali - "The high one". I also had my first wilderness experience in DENA when we did our training discovery hike. We did a short 2.5 miles through thigh deep snow, waist high willows, spongy wet tundra with a few small stream crossings. This is what I will be getting paid to do. There are no trails. Every hike I lead has a different route in order to reduce the impacts on the landscape. Every hike I lead will be the first time I have ever been there. I live along the Toklat river surrounded by majestic peaks and a 20 min walk to views of Denali. I work with an amazing group of people who are all very excited to be here. Though I must say, I am sad to be split up from the east side crew. In the first two weeks I made some friends that I will not often see because we are separated by 53 miles and the inability to drive our personal vehicles along the road except for 3 times per month. My house is VERY nice. It is a 2 room cabin with a loft and great views. Plenty of room for people to stay. It is still pretty chilly here and snowed the past couple of days but the willows are budding which is the first sign of spring. Hopefully it comes sooner than later. I hope everyone is doing well and I'll talk to you all soon. Here are some photos of my experience so far.


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