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Number 50: Alaska!! Anchorage to Denali to Fairbanks

So as I’ve mentioned here a few times, one of my main goals in life was to visit all fifty of the United States. Last week, I accomplished this goal when I flew to Alaska, my fiftieth and final state, with my lovely wife Rose. We road-tripped our way around the interior of Seward’s folly (if you don’t get the reference, then your 5th grade social studies teacher has some words for you).  Our two week trip coincided with the beginning (and apparent end) of the super-brief fall season in Alaska, so there was some rain but also an amazing array of colors as the leaves changed in anticipation of the -40 to -60 degree temperatures Alaska sustains during the winter. As you may have heard, Alaska has quite a few mountains…and bears…lots of bears. These images represent our first few days of travel in which every turn in the road revealed an even more beautiful vista than the last…and an occasional bear.  Alaska is just huge, so it’s really hard to accomplish everything you’d like to do in Alaska without staying there for months or even years. That being said, we got a healthy sampling of the state and I will be posting more about the details at my travel blog: so I’m not going to spoil this photoblog with too many of these less-visually interesting words. These images are from Denali National park and the highways leading to and from Anchorage and Fairbanks. The second half of the trip produced some awesome pictures of an abandoned mining town known as Kennecott as well as the port of Valdez and I will be posting them shortly. Enjoy!

A Train car in Alaskabrush and a mountain range during the fall in Alaska

Even in the rain, these colors were just unbelieveable

Alaska Vista on a rainy day

Pine trees in Alaska as storm approachesDenali National Park mount rangeA mountain at Denali National Park in AlaskaPanoramic view of the Alaskan Range in the fall at Denali National Park

a 7d capturing video of the alaskan range at denali national park

Thankfully there was no one around to accidentally kick this guy over the edge as I captured video footage of the cloud movement. Though the fall might have made for compelling footage...


The Denali National Park shuttle bus traveling westThe Denali National Park Road headed towards Mt. McKinley in Alaska


Rose Weldon standing above an overlook in Denali National Park

Rose standing on top of the world.



Ben Weldon and Rose Weldon at The Eilson Vistor Center at Denali

I don't often get the chance to share the lens with Rose, so I had a tripod help me with this shot at The Eilson stop in Denali.

A dramatic shot of the Alaskan Range

a grizzly bear at Denali National Park

A Grizzly Bear! They actually have them here.


A dall sheep at Denali National Park

A Dall Sheep! Munching away on some incredibly colorful vegetation.

A grove of birch trees on Seward

the pipeline in Alaska jsut south of Delta junction

A 3000 mile water slide: Alaska, you know what I like.

The pipeline in Alaska

  • Ashley - Yay!!! Glad you had fun, the photography is fan-frickin-tastic! Can’t wait to see more!!September 14, 2011 – 10:07 am

  • Jon - That one cloud looks like a combination of Snuffallufagus and the smoke monster from LOST. I can’t stop looking at it.

    Awesome scenery and great shots!September 25, 2011 – 8:15 pm

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