Last Look: Alaska
This was taken miles from Denali, in Nancy Lake State Recreation Area. I mentioned that we canoed to a lake cabin earlier in the trip; this was that trek. If you go there and you’re up for a challenge, see if you can book the James Lake cabin. Getting there involves canoeing over ten lakes, and carrying your rented watercraft over a series of portage trails in between.
The sense of isolation — no, solitude — is breathtaking. To walk through the forest, the loudest thing for miles; to shake the branch of a spruce tree and listen to each needle fall, one by one, to the Earth.
This was Alaska, for me.