For your summer adventure, I recommend visiting one of the United States many great National Parks. Check out the National Parks website to find parks in your area or just pick one and go. Prepare to spend some time out of your vehicle. Many parks offer guided hikes, sometimes off the beaten trail, that can inspire and renew your connection to this earth we call home. Below is my post from last year about a trip my husband and I took to Denali National Park. Even if you do not want to spend any time in a tent, I hope my story will encourage you to step off the road and venture into the depths of the parks spirit.
Denali National Park
We packed our backpacks, hoped on a flight to Fairbanks with Alaska Airlines, took a nap in the airport and then grabbed a taxi to the train station where we boarded the Alaska Railway. At he Alaska Railway Station at Denali National Park we caught a park bus to Riley Creek Campground.
I will be reporting out about this trip in six parts:
- Part 1: Beginning of trip to Wonder Lake Campground
- Part 2: First 3 day/2 night back country trip
- Part 3: Front country and travel backpack tips
- Part 4: Second 3 day/2 night back country trip
- Part 5: Leaving Denali and hanging out in Anchorage
- Part 6: Back country recipes
Alaska is experiencing major climatic change. Wonder Lake is known for rather unpleasant mosquito experiences but my only experience worse than anything in Western Washington was at 12:15 in the morning when I awoke to find Denali glowing pink in the sun set (which never fully set). I almost opened the tent screen to take a good photo but stopped when I realized that the entire screen above me was covered with the creatures. I wanted to watch the mountain in the never ending sun glow but I was anxious to catch the bus to my first Alaska back country experience.