Alaska III

June 20, 2008.  It’s on to Denali!

Our first sighting of Mt. McKinley, a/k/a, Denali.  We are told how fortunate we are to be able to see the mountain – it, we are told, is usually swaddled in fog or clouds.  (I was similarly advised of such “luckiness” at Fujiyama and the Matterhorn!)  We countered by telling our tour guides how fortunate they were to have us as tourists!  Ta-da!

[Tourists begin angling for that perfect shot.]


[More trees]

[Beautiful, huh?]

[On to the mountain – the group is stoked!  🙂  ]

[The end of the road.  Crazy Dave didn’t believe it and wandered off, later claiming he was abducted by a fern.  The noise from hundreds of camera shutters at this site has affected the entire ecosystem – whales, for example, no longer pass through here.]

[Did I tell you how lucky we were to have such a clear view of the mountain?]

[Known to prefer layering, even in late June.]

[I believe this is when I flashed Beryl with my 6-pac abs.]

[The story of Denali – I believe this is when Crazy Dave wandered away again.]

[The supervisor meets the story teller and discovered they both have an affinity for white pants.]

[On a train now as we head for McKinley Princess Lodge.]

[Crazy Dave some where in Alaska’s hinterlands (getting into someone’s hinterlands is a felony in 23 states!).]

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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