A Typical Local Winter Day in Denali

The snow is absolutely incredible in Denali right now! Spring this year is shaping up to be absolutely wonderful.  The sun is getting higher in the sky by the day, temperatures are moderating, and when the blue skies show up there is absolutely no prettier place in the world! 

Denali Sunset

I love that everyday when I get out of bed there is a new adventure waiting for me and I never know what it might be. Today, Mike Santos from Dog Gone It Tours called and we went on a short little snow machine trip with our two kids. The boys played for a few hours while Mike and I scouted out some areas for future mushing and snow machine trails. The boys buried themselves in the snow playing wolves, lost a toy truck for a moment in the endless deep powder, built a fort under a tree in the tree well created by the snow, and giggled endlessly while trying to trample down a small willow bush that just kept popping up despite their efforts to keep it down. 

 Taking a break at the bench on Jenny Creek near Savage River.

Taking a break at the bench on Jenny Creek near Savage River.

We spent the day yesterday in Denali National Park skiing for a few hours taking all that Denali had to offer in.  For just a little more exercise, we pieced together a couple of the trails that we guide on to lengthen our trip out a bit.  While we were skiing, we listened to the chatter of  the squirrels, watched as a gray jay followed us around hoping we might drop a morsel for him to snatch up, and commented on all of the fresh animals tracks in the freshly fallen snow from the past couple of days.  I cannot really imagine how I would of rather spent those couple of hours yesterday. 

On the ride to and from the park, we are always flapping our jaws talking about past adventures we have been on.  But the conversation always leads us to a point where we are discussing future adventures that we want to explore.  These range from summer outings such as float trips or fishing holes that we want to hit this summer to trails that we want to explore next week or maybe a high alpine lake that we want to adventure to before the ice escapes to try and catch giant lake trout.  The possibilities in Alaska are endless for outdoor adventure.  You just have to take the time and go search them out.  I feel like my family and I are so lucky to get to find these things to do on a weekly bases if we want to.  So next time you are feeling the need for a little adventure, come visit us at Denali Wilderness Winter Guides and see all that Denali has to offer in the winter. 

Justin DWWG    

  

 A quick afterschool snow machine trip to run the dogs a little.  

A quick afterschool snow machine trip to run the dogs a little.