John and I left Talkeetna today to fly around Denali National Park and to even land on a glacier there. We took a little one-engine De Havilland DHC-3 Otter aircraft with a pilot and seven other passengers. All of us had window seats offering incredible views, and I even had the co-pilot’s seat for half of the trip.
Before we got so high where we saw nothing but snow, ice, rock, and mountains, the tundra was already showing its fall colors.
At higher elevations we seemed to see as many glaciers as mountains.
We landed on Eldridge Glacier at 7,200 feet in 26 degree weather.
Just as we landed, another plane was taking off from the glacier.
Since John and I sat on opposite sides of the airplane, we got different views.
The top of Denali itself was covered with clouds so we got only a glimpse from the plane. However, we got a clear view of it from Talkeetna, which made the trip complete.