K'UL On The Trail: Alaska
August 31 Uncategorized Comment
One more place is off our bucket-list destinations: Alaska.
The K'UL team has just come back from Alaska. We stayed at camp Denali - a wonderful place lost somewhere in the middle of Denali National Park. No internet and no cell coverage. Little private cabins, far enough from one another to trigger that feeling of peaceful solitude and unity with mother-nature. Ours was called "40 below" which is a point where Celsius and Fahrenheit become the same. Cold spring water right outside, a friendly outhouse about 50 yards away, and a reminder from the hosts to make noises (like loud talking or clapping hands) in case of an outhouse field trip at a dawn - to let the bears know you are there.
We really enjoyed Mount Healy Overlook Trail - a strenuous hike which rewarded us with a dramatic overlook at the valley and quite a close encounter with a family of grizzly bears - they were about 200 - 300 yards away from us.
Another unforgettable experience was flying a little Cessna over McKinley mountain and glaciers.
There was so much more - wildlife watching, double rainbow touching the ground, the beauty of the tundra with that special right-before-sunrise violet fog rising above our little camp, cold and fresh air of the alpines, and many interesting people to meet.
And that special feeling - when life is simple and pure and a K'UL Endurance bar is stashed in an inner pocket of a down jacket to stay a bit warm so you can nibble it right after reaching that cairn along with sipping hot tea from your thermos.