A bear sighting at the park

The highlight for many on an Alaskan Odyssey is a trip to the popular and famous Denali National Park.  With over six million acres of pure, rugged wilderness, it provides visitors the opportunity to explore and discover the incredible flora and fauna.  The area is larger than the state of Massachusetts and is bisected by…

In hot water

Considering its enormous size, Alaska has very few paved highways and our RV agreement stipulated we had to avoid the gravel roads north of Fairbanks.  But, not on the “black list” is a road that juts out to the northeast which leads to the year round resort, Chena Hot Springs.  Situated in one of the…

Bigger than Switzerland

At over 13 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest unit in the National Park System and as we quickly learned at the visitor center, bigger than Switzerland.  Superlatives are necessary to describe the park and even then, words barely scratch the surface of the vastness and remoteness we felt while walking around in this…

A retreating glacier

A short drive on the scenic Richardson highway north of Valdez leads through a series of gigantic glaciated mountains.  Nearby one of the snowiest places in Alaska, the Worthington Glacier is one of the most easily reached glaciers in the state and allows for easy access to the more than nine square miles of massive…

A walk in the woods

Valdez is an attractive little port town on the Prince William Sound that became world renown as the site of one of largest oil spills in US history.  Over 25 years later, the local flora and fauna continues its recovery and visible signs of the horrific spill are difficult to find.  The middle-American town enjoys…