Day 49 (August 8) – Glacier Flight from Talkeetna

We drove to Talkeetna in order to take a glacier landing flight into the park. We had a special deal for a group of eight on the last flight of the day. Our timing was perfect in between the rain showers. We not only were able to see Denali, but also land on the Ruth Glacier and fly back through the Ruth Glacier Gorge. Afterwards we ate dinner in Talkeetna and drove back to McKinley Village.

At Talkeetna Air Taxi already to go, Teresa, Madeleine, Kimber, Olivia, Nancy, Rob and Don

At Talkeetna Air Taxi all ready to go, Steve, Teresa, Madeleine, Kimber, Olivia, Nancy, Rob and Don

Heading to the plane, a Dehaviland Otter.

Heading to the plane, a DeHaviland Otter.

Our pilot giving the preflight briefing.

Our pilot giving the preflight briefing.

Leaving Talkeetna

Leaving Talkeetna

Crossing the Highway that connects Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Crossing the Parks Highway that connects Anchorage and Fairbanks.

This is actually the terminus of the Ruth Glacier with forest and kettle ponds on top of stagnant ice.

This is actually the terminus of the Ruth Glacier with forest and kettle ponds on top of stagnant ice.

Climbing to 13,000 ft. above the cumulus cloud deck we were rewarded with a view of Denali.

Climbing to 13,000 ft. above the cumulus cloud deck we were rewarded with a view of Denali.

Terminus of a small glacier.

Terminus of a small glacier.

Headwall of one of the glacial cirques.

Headwall of one of the glacial cirques.

Approaching the Mooses Tooth with the Ruth Glacier Amphitheater behind.

Approaching the Mooses Tooth with the Ruth Glacier Amphitheater behind.

Ruth Amphitheater

Ruth Amphitheater

Icefall feeding the Ruth Glacier

Icefall feeding the Ruth Glacier

Denali rising above the Ruth Glacier

Denali rising above the Ruth Glacier

The Root Canal, sometimes used as an airfield for climbers.

The Root Canal, sometimes used as an airfield for climbers.

Forward view as we were landing through the Gateway.

Forward view as we were landing through the Gateway.

Denali from the landing site.

Denali from the landing site.

Steve, Olivia, Madeleine, Teresa, Kimber, Rob, Nancy and Don

Steve, Olivia, Madeleine, Teresa, Kimber, Rob, Nancy and Don

Our pilot, Rob, Kimber and Teresa in front of the Mooses Tooth

Our pilot, Rob, Kimber and Teresa in front of the Mooses Tooth

Mountain induced wave clouds

Mountain induced wave clouds

Zoomed in view of Denali

Zoomed in view of Denali

Unnamed peaks to the east

Unnamed peaks to the east

Group view with the aircraft just before the return trip.

Group view with the aircraft just before the return trip.

Entering the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier

Entering the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier

Exiting the Great Gorge

Exiting the Great Gorge

Supraglacial pond on top of the lower Ruth Glacier

Supraglacial pond on top of the lower Ruth Glacier

The main outlet stream of the Ruth glacier bubbling up from under the ice.

The main outlet stream of the Ruth glacier bubbling up from under the ice.

A colored stream in the outwash plain below the glacier.

A colored stream in the outwash plain below the glacier.

Chulitna River, and muskeg

Chulitna River, and muskeg

Rain moving into the Talkeetna area as we cross the Susitna River. We got back just in time.

Rain moving into the Talkeetna area as we cross the Susitna River. We got back just in time.

Back on the ground, Kimber decides she wants her own airplane.

Back on the ground, Kimber decides she wants her own airplane.

The famous Talkeetna Roadhouse. One of their pies sold for $500 at the Denali Education Center Auction.

The famous Talkeetna Roadhouse. One of their pies sold for $500 at the Denali Education Center Auction.

Having dinner in Talkeetna

Having dinner in Talkeetna