Viewing the foothills of Mt.McKinley along the Park Road
2 weeks, August 11 -24, 2010
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Your tour leaders with PortageLake and Glacier in view, near Anchorage.
It’s our 25th year of Fantastic Landscapes
Tours. Don’t spend days on a boat or train in Alaska!Explore with
We know the best places!
very special treat:
3 nights at the uniqueNorth Face Lodge, 90 miles IN Denali
National Park, surrounded by wildlife, tundra wilderness and views
ABOUT THE TOUR
“Scale and diversity foil all who try to simplify Alaska. Its immense and ceaseless grandeur numbs the mind,
glazes the eye,and plagues
the writer who would describe it.” (Anon.)
“If you are young, stay away until you grow older... (for) all other scenery becomes flat and insipid. It is not
well to dull one’s capacity for such enjoyment by seeing the finest first.”
(Henry Gannett, c. 1900.)
Are you readyto
see the world’s highest mountain (from base to top) and explore what has been
called America’s “Serengeti” -- the
great expansive tundra environment with bears, caribou, Dall
sheep, wolves, eagles and moose while staying in a remote (but full service)
wilderness lodge? Are you excited about seeing glaciers calving icebergs into
the sea or creating moraines as they slowly move down U-shaped valleys? Have
you ever wished you knew more about the fascinating stories that rocks and
landscapes have to tell? Well, this is the trip for you!
Our small group will see and experience the
wonders of the Earth as we explore the incredible Alaska landscape. This is indeed
the best place in the world to see mountain building in action as well as
active glaciers and rivers scraping and shaping their valleys. In the course of
our two-week excursion, we’ll see the best cross section of what makes Alaska famous. Alaska is huge, but this
tour minimizes travel time and maximizes “being there,” so you can get
out and see this magnificent land. Because we use rental vans, not busses or
trains, you have flexibility of travel that is not found with most other tours.
You can, as much as possible, do what you want to do. With our small group
you’ll get the “story behind the scenery” with your tour leader, GreenfieldCommunity College geologist Richard Little, plus meet and enjoy people who have similar
interests in the natural world. Optional excursions include rafting or fishing
for salmon in meltwater streams, boat trips to iceberg-calving glaciers, small
plane flight-seeing, plus the best nature walks and hikes in tundra, taiga,
glacier, shoreline, and maritime rainforest environments. You can view,
explore, shop, hike and/or fish in the wilderness, and, after a “hard” day of
vacationing, feast on Alaska salmon, halibut,
short, we have a lot of fun doing a great number of things in a landscape of
exceptional beauty, as we learn about the diverse ecosystems and geologic
processes that shape “Mother Earth.”.
Looking into a
crevasse on Matanuska Glacier, near Palmer
“The Alaska trip was superb…we have been
singing you praises across the land since Alaska.”H&N S.
guiding us through the most memorable and grandest of vacations.”J&C B.
2 weeks, August 11-24, 2010
THE COST: $3500(approximate price)Per person /
double occupancy + air
> FIRST CLASS
the unique North Face Lodge, 90 mi in DinaliNational Park, with views of Mt.McKinley.
(meals included at NFL)
TRANSPORTATION VIA RENTAL VANS
and/or full-size cars for flexible itineraries
EXPERIENCED TOUR LEADER
PRE- and POSTTRIP
> SMALL GROUP
V1DEO RECORD OF TRIP
Day 1.Arrival in Anchorage.
& 3.Anchorage: A
fascinating city with time for explorations, plus a look at coastal fjords,
mountains and glaciers including famed Portage Glacier with its world-class VisitorsCenter. We will
travel along the spectacular glacier-eroded coast of Turnagain
Arm and take some easy, short hikes along the shore of the
moraine-dammed PortageLake with a
scenic cruise across the lake to the calving front of Portage Glacier. Then enjoy
an easy walk up the adjacent valley, along a gushing meltwater stream, to Byron
Glacier, with its many scenic landforms of ice and rock.
4, 5, 6.Super Scenic Seward & the Kenai
Peninsula.Take a day-cruise
into steep-sided, glacier carved fjords to see glaciers calve & multitudes
of wildlife in KenaiFjordsNational Park. See salmon spawning.
Explore the town, the new museum, and safe, beautiful, well-maintained trails
in the surrounding coast and mountains.We will walk around the terminus of one the most scenic blue-ice glaciers
and take an (optional) scenic flight over the
Harding Ice Cap, or run a dog sled team high on the ice
7, 8.Palmer and the Matanuska Glacier area. Here is one of the
most incredible glacial experiences in the world. This great valley glacier
lies exposed and easily accessible! Lots of amazing glacial landforms and
processes! During our last visit, a major meltwater stream was emerging from a
tunnel under the ice front as a massive fountaining
spring! Lodging at the historic Colony Inn. Tour a
gold mine and Musk Ox farm.
9.Depart for DenaliNational Park.Short walks & scenic
stops along the way, including a picnic site with views of Mt McKinley.Overnight at Crows Nest
Lodge, overlooking the valley.
10, 11, 12Into Denali: departure for our spectacular,
90-mile, 6 hr trip along the National Park road to the unique North Face Lodge.
Expect lots of wildlife and spectacular landscapes in the “shadow” of Mt.McKinley.We will explore the amazing tundra environment and its diverse wildlife
with the Lodge’s naturalists (or on your own).A variety of hiking destinations from easy to challenging will be
available.The most amazing big
mountains and tiny tundra plants will surround us.Sublime!
the North Face Lodge section (below)for
more information about this unique wilderness experience!]
13.Early morning departure along Park road to
entrance, then on to the scenic village of Talkeetna. Taking a scenic flight to Mt.McKinley is an option plus fishing,
rafting, hiking, and wildlife viewing
14.Return to Anchorage for return flight home or
continue your journey……
Located 90 miles within Denali National Park in the
shadow of Mt. McKinley, North Face Lodge is a unique wilderness retreat for
those seeking an in depth experience in the sub-arctic. Note that Mt.McKinley is not visible from the entrance areas of the
National Park.While other park visitors
need to take the 6 hour National Park “wildlife” bus tours along the park road
(3 hours in and 3 hours return -- no private vehicles allowed), we have a much
more leisurely 6 hour bus trip bus trip (one-way) much deeper into the Park,to our lodge, with a gourmet picnic along the
way.Our driver/naturalists are experts
at finding wildlife and interpreting nature’s stories.
North Face Lodge provides accommodations in well appointed rooms with
private bath. Delicious meals and fresh baked goods are featured in the dining
room. Designed with the atmosphere of a comfortable north
country guest house, the lodge features a spacious living room with
stone fireplace, dining room, large patio and covered porch... all with
incredible views of Mt.McKinley.
In keeping with their mission of helping guests enjoy
the natural history and wilderness of DenaliNational Park, North Face Lodge provides daily, guided nature walks
and hikes. The staff of knowledgeable naturalists assists guests in first hand
exploration of the Alaska landscape; searching for wolves, moose and caribou as well as looking
for nesting birds and wildflowers. Nightly programs focus on some aspect of Denali‘s
natural and cultural history, including birds, mammals, wildflowers, tundra
ecology, geology, mountaineering, land use and natural resource issues. In addition to guided activities, mountain bikes,
canoes and fishing equipment are also available.
North Face Lodge may not be for everyone. But if you
desire an experience away from the tempo of modern living and enjoy the
camaraderie of kindred souls, you will not be disappointed.
If you go to Alaskawithout us,
you must visit Denali.And in Denali,
you need to try to obtain reservations at North Face Lodge. Give them a call at
online at www.campdenali.com.(Our group has reservations.)
Who goes on these “Fantastic Landscapes” Tours?Everybody….teachers,
families with older kids, to eighty-somethings.
strenuous is the “hiking”?If you like “nature walks”
you’ll love our outings.Some people
plan more strenuous activities than others, and our daily activities are geared
to meet everyone’s goals, as much as possible.
Where do we
stay?We book high quality, medium to small
lodgings, in scenic, convenient settings.
the driving?We use rental vans and
full-size cars with volunteer drivers.We buy the maximum extra liability insurance and we have 2-way radios
know any geology! Should I go on this tour?Yes!
Come and learn how to read the “record in the rocks ....... the history in a grain of
sand” and appreciate fantastic landscapes!
we eat?Except for North Face Lodge
(where excellent, gourmet food is included), you are on your own for
eating.For many lunches we will picnic
in beautiful settings.
Why this is the Best Two-Week Alaska Tour:
with a geologist to unlock the secrets of the rocks and landscapes. Your
tour leader has decades of experience with geology and education.2.Don’t
take the bus, train, or boat!…especially in Alaska.
You must get out into the environment to really appreciate the land and
wildlife. With our tour, you will have flexibility to stop for that great view,
smell the flowers, follow the moose...3. Go with our small group and get away
from the crowd, but still have a helpful group of friends to share
with.4. The cost is “LOW” for what you
get!We pass the group savings on to
you!Check out competing tours such as Tauk, and see how much you’ll save (and they don’t have
reservations at North Face Lodge).
remember what happened on day 3?You will get a video, edited and with music and
Who is your tour leader?Richard Little is prof. emeritus of
geology at GreenfieldCommunity
author of 2 books and 2 videos on ConnecticutValley geology, and has been leading “Fantastic Landscapes”
tours since 1981.Suzanne Little, now retired from the VA, has degrees in social work
and biology and loves investigating plants.
Want to see participants’ comments?Go to our web
site or call for a print copy.
T OE N R O L L :
·Send $500 per person deposit (check to “Earth
View LLC) to hold your space,
·fully refundable until December 15th.
·$1000 payments are due Jan. 15th& May 1st, balance due
June 15th .
·Cancellation fees:after Dec. 15th =
$50 per person; after Feb. 1st other charges may apply depending on
resale of booked lodge rooms.