An August 1999 trip
to Denali by Linda Kaye
Quote: We thought the North Pole was the top of the world but we were wrong. A point 22,000 feet above the tundra in central Alaska---that’s the "top" of the world---Denali, the Great One also known as Mt. McKinley.
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Denali Windsong Lodge
Princess Wilderness Lodge
We traveled to gold mining camp on by jet boat on a braided river.
First, let me explain what a braided river is. Imagine a braid (like a hair braid) – now imagine a large, flat area and the "braid" is water only 4 inches, and the empty spaces are similar to sand bars. It is the job of the jet boat captain to make his way through the braid without hitting the sand bar, and to make it more complicated, the "braid" moves from day to day depending on the water flow. ALSO, you are going 40 miles per hour weaving back and forth over this great expanse . WHAT A THRILL.
At the camp, we learned about life in Alaska and were served "Trapper Joe’s Fry Bread" and hot cocoa or coffee. Then we got to "pan" for gold. And yes, everyone went away with small particles of gold, sealed securely in a plastic bag. It was very exciting to be moving the water around in the pan and see the sparkling flakes.
The cost of the tour was $ 35.00 pp and was quite memorable.
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