Tag: McKinley

“On the way to lunch, a fox trots past our van with a ground squirrel in his mouth, also on his way to lunch.”

There are herbs, too, the pink plumes of bistort, a powerful astringent, white clusters of labrador tea, high in ascorbic acid content and used to treat colds. There are the yellow-centered white blooms of mountain avens everywhere you look, a primary food source for Dall sheep. There are tall white flowers on reddish stems, bear…

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“McKinley never had a thing to do with—or ever set foot in—Alaska, but the mountain got named for him just the same.”

ON A SUNNY DAY in southcentral Alaska, an official indicator of just how nice a day it is is, “The mountain’s out.” Which mountain? Well, obviously, you don’t live here. “The mountain” is of course, Denali, all 20,320 feet of it. A hundred miles from Anchorage, it looms up substantially on the northern horizon nonetheless.…

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