Wrangell-St Elias brought out some of the coolest stories I've ever heard.
From someone that moved from Australia to host tours of the park, to a guy that runs an 88 acre camp ground in the heart of the National Park, a girl who's living the dream of traveling all over the country taking people to National Parks, two people that traveled from the UK to see Alaska on a tour van, two guys frm Maryland that towed a girl out of a ditch *cough cough*, one guy that grew up in Denali NP, two Alaskan families with 6 kids experiencing the park for the first time, and so much more!
They tell stories that will make you feel like you're standing right where they're at, experiencing what they've seen and done.
Some of the stories will give you chills, others will inspire you, and take your breath away.
These people had epic stories and showed endless kindness. Some of them, I now consider my friends.
The Wrangell episodes are going to have some can't miss content for sure!
“When the river carries more than it can bare, it puts its burdens down and goes around. River bars form. Water separates and braids into a weaving of glittering channels. During summer glaciers melt and rivers rise. High, fast waters scour the river bed.”
Took the 60 mile (one way) drive down the McCarthy Road yesterday to the towns of McCarthy and Kennicott which were established as copper mining towns in the 1900s. Completion of said 60 miles earns you the title as a road warrior of the Wrangell-St Elias National Park & Preserve. It takes roughly 3.5 hours (one way).....it's a rough road!!! It also earns you spectacular views of the largest and most untamed national park in North America, 13.2 million acres....thats 6 YELLOWSTONES!!!!! Pictured are the old mining buildings and power plant, the ENORMOUS Root Glacier, some of the bajillion raspberries we ate along the way, a Trumpeter Swan chillin in his awesome home and the beautifully braided Copper River. #gooddayisay#myrvlyfe#wrangell
When the 1932 Ford Model B fire truck died at the side of the road on the way to the wedding reception, you go and make a picture. Congratulations to Chris and Tim from Wrangell, Alaska. You showed me a hell of a good time in your little town. #alaska#wrangell#usa#weddingphotography
National Parks have become the inspiration of my US travels in recent years. I got to go to 4 of the 8 national parks in Alaska on this trip, which was exciting. I hope to get back to the others which are really remote and pretty much can only be reached by plane. I thought the Wrangell mountains were every bit as beautiful as Denali! 🚙🌲⛰
Casual bear siting! These guys have started to gorge themselves in anticipation for hibernation.....all the berries are ripe and the salmon have begun their runs...... bears are everywhere!!!! Get you some, bears!!! #wrangell#myrvlyfe
Last night’s sunset was on point during our final session of PARTY IN THE PARKS - an outdoor social event for Wrangell Middle School kids, hosted by #wrangellparksandrecreation . Get the children off the couch and send them outside! They’ll thank you for it!! 🌲🌤
This young #baldeagle caught a peace of leftover salmon at #ananwildlifeobservatory#wrangell#anan . Tomorrow we are leaving wrangell and go to #haines#alaska and the next three weeks we are gonna make a road trip through northern Alaska looking for wildlife. We want to thank @alaskacharters for the perfect trips we made near wrangell!
"One of the most important things for me when shooting a wedding is, for lack of a better word, authenticity. I am most intrigued and creatively fueled by finding the little details that would normally be overlooked or even avoided during the day, but that really make my couples who they truly are.⠀
Cathryn warned me that she had some killer tan lines that were going to be very obvious in her dress. Why? Because she and her groom had just run a mothereffing ultra marathon in Utah.⠀
Her tan lines ended up being one of my favorite parts of her look that day. Everything about this wedding was SO THEM, so interwoven with their story and lives together. The tan lines, messy bun, shawl that her mother knitted, everything soggy in the misty rain...was so Cathryn. I loved it. Why would I ever try to leave any of this out??"⠀
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Everybody has different rules on what constitutes a visit to a national Park. For me personally I have to set foot in the national Park and do some kind of activity. It can be a scenic drive but more often than not it definitely becomes some kind of hike(s). But above anything else, what I must do in all of these national parks is take a picture in front of the entrance sign. For if I have not taken a picture in front of the entrance sign I’ve never actually seen the park…😂🧐
That’s always been my thing, but a few of the 8 parks in Alaska are presenting me a challenge.
Two of the four remaining parts don’t have any visitors centers near the areas that the Alaskan Bush pilots or flight Tours land. And those Bush flights are really really expensive. But what is less expensive is some kind a flight seeing tour.
Before this recent trip to Alaska, the idea of flying over a park just to check out it scenery was never a big enough appeal to have that constitute a visit into a national Park. And I’m not sure if my feelings will change. But after my 30 minute flight each way from Chitina Airport to McCarthy Airport with @wrangellmountainair, the idea is not foreign and it’s on the table. The flight to do my Root Glacier hike was a huge a highlight of the trip as the actually walking on the glacier itself! Photo: 📷 @flightlevelfoto .
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McCarthy Road - remember what I said about Seward Hwy few days ago? That it is probably most scenic drive in Alaska? Forget it and go see McCarthy Road. It’s 60 miles long, unpaved trail which winds deep into the heart of Wrangell - St Elias National Park. 4x4 highly recommended, stunning views and stops every mile or two guaranteed. Built in 1960s on top of former railroad (another engineering masterpiece from beginning of 20th century), now has reputation of one of the most challenging roads in Alaska. But it’s definitely an experience you cannot forget
Highly recommend the M/V Columbia for a wonderful casual cruise up the Inner Passage. I’ve lost count of the whales we’ve seen & the stars with meteor shower are amazing too! #ferryboat#mvcolumbia#wrangell