Honoring our Veterans/Denali State Park

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Alaska, United States
We stopped at the Alaska Veterans Memorial in the morning before we headed out for Denali NP.  The memorial consists of five 20-foot tall concrete panels, one each to represent the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, arranged in a semi-circle.  The memorial also honors those in the Alaska National Guard and the Merchant Marine.  A statue of two Alaska Territorial Guards, carved by Canadian sculptor George Pratt, greet you at the entrance. On each panel is a short history of that branch's contribution to Alaska.  On a clear day, you can see Denali.  Unfortunately, we had cloudy and we did not get a chance to see Denali (a harbinger for days to come).  We passed over Hurricane Gulch and stopped to try and get a picture, but were not allowed to walk along the bridge.  We climbed up an ATV trail and  Ryan and I saw a lynx, apparently a rare sighting!  Made our way to Cantwell RV Park to shower and do laundry.  $5 showers and $5 for laundry (you could only fill the washer ½ way so we ended up with 3 loads!  Pulled into Denali and found showers and laundry and Riley Creek – will have to remember for Monday on our way out.  Made it to Teklanika campground in time for dinner and bed
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