Alaska’s Denali National Park and Mt. McKinley

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A field of Fireweed blooms abundantly all along the Alaska range below Mount McKinley. It is said to have many benefits, used for making cosmetic products, medicines and chamomile teas. Everywhere we went there were beautiful gardens and flowers of all varieties in bloom. Although Alaska can dip down to -40 below zero in the winter months its summer temperatures can reach into the 90’s in Alaska, so they can plant and grow many different kinds of flowers.

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Rafters on the Nenana River below the Alaska mountain range. The waters from this and other rivers are fed from Alaska’s many glaciers as they begin to melt.

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A view of Denali National Park’s mountain range where Mt. McKinley can be seen from the distance covered in a fresh blanket of snow. Denali National Park totals six million acres.

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The peak of Mt. McKinley is partially covered by clouds above and below. Mt. McKinley is the highest peak in the United States and North America at an elevation of 20, 320 feet above sea level, and seldom ever seen without snow or cloud coverage. It is also called, Denali, “The Great One” by the Athabascan native Alaskan people.

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