Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Denali National Park, Alaska: Stony Hill

Mount McKinley is the highest mountain in North America, checking in at more than 20,000 feet. (By the way, it's still growing.) Since the starting point of the mountain is a valley at 2,000 feet, it's a huge formation - stretching more than 40 miles at the base. That is big enough to affect the weather, along the lines of Mount Rainier in Washington.

At one end of the tour of Denali National Park, people get to walk out on to a scenic overlook at Stony Hill. If they are lucky, they just might get to see the big mountain. We were one of the 30 percent of visitors that actually got to see it.

You probably will have to click on the picture here to get a better image. If you look carefully at the clouds in the right-center of the picture, you should be able to see the mountain.

By the way, Denali means "the High One" to the Athabascans, who got there first.

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