July 23, 2006 |
HEADS are nodding, bodies are limp, soft snoring sounds are escaping from the throat of the man across the aisle from me. Later, he will describe this drive -- 11 hours on a bus -- as "the ride from hell." It's not. It's just infernally boring. We're trapped in a motor coach heading north on an Alaskan Adventure Tour, seven days and nights that will take us from Anchorage to Fairbanks to Denali National Park, site of North America's highest peak, 20,320-foot-tall Mt. McKinley.
July 19, 1998 |
Somewhere outside the train window, Mt. McKinley stood tall on the horizon, North America's highest mountain and the second-biggest tourist attraction in Alaska. It's what we were hoping to see on this two-day rail tour, and we were sorely disappointed by cloud cover far below the 20,320-foot summit. Imagine our disappointment if we'd made this 233-mile trip as most people do--by car on a highway where the speed limit is whatever the bumper-to-bumper RV traffic will allow.
May 16, 2004 |
The annual war of the roller coasters, in which dueling theme parks rev up new rides, is well underway. The latest volley is from Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, which on Friday will open Revenge of the Mummy -- the Ride, which it has been testing for several weeks. The park's cousin, Universal Studios Hollywood, will follow with its version on June 25. Revenge, based on the "Mummy" movie series, blends an indoor roller coaster with a battery of robotics and other special effects.
July 12, 2013 |
Tom Choate does not see what the fuss is about. The 78-year-old Anchorage resident - with an artificial hip he got last year - became the oldest person to summit Mt. McKinley in Alaska's Denali National Park. And all he did was take the climb a little bit slower than everybody else. “I didn't think it was anything but an old goat climbing up a mountain," Choate told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview Thursday. North America's tallest mountain at 20,320 feet, McKinley has gone from a wildland summit to a tourist destination in Choate's lifetime.
February 17, 2013 |
Here, in alphabetical order, are 10 places I'd like to see in 2013. Several are cities, one is a state, three are entire nations, and all have interesting things happening in the weeks and months ahead. Will I get to them all? Probably not. But if I did, in alphabetical order, come December, I'd be able to swagger into some stylish Seoul watering hole, possibly limping slightly from a sled-dog mishap under the northern lights, but gamely standing rounds and spinning yarns of Ecuadorean trainspotting and what I learned from the reenactors at Gettysburg, Pa. Would you listen?
February 6, 1994 |
We emerge from our tents seeking the day's first cup of coffee. It is 7 a.m., but here in the tundra below Mt. McKinley this July morning, there is already midday light. Also in search of breakfast is a reddish brown fox that has boldly walked into camp. The plentiful Arctic ground squirrels will be easy prey for him as they scurry about, oblivious to the campers. We are in Savage River Campground, in the eastern section of Denali National Park.
June 15, 1986 |
North to Alaska. First it was gold, then oil. Now tourism. There has always been good reason to go. Alaska is the "last frontier," wildlife wonderland and a geography of childhood dreams where someone can still win or lose fortunes, still find a new life out there among old life styles. The gold is nearly exhausted and the oil destined to be, so Alaska has focused attention recently on her most spectacular, ubiquitous and unparalleled resource--the scenery.
September 7, 2010 |
For campaign volunteer Amy Walker, the Republican U.S. Senate race in Alaska never was about money, so it didn't matter that Sen. Lisa Murkowski outspent her man several times over. Joe Miller, the 43-year-old Fairbanks lawyer who wrested the nomination from the influential incumbent, would show up in people's living rooms, she said, share a cup of coffee, and walk away with 20 votes. "When they can meet you face-to-face and answer a question and look you in the eye, that is a powerful thing," said Walker, who coordinates volunteers in Alaska for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's political fundraising arm. "Joe is very down-to-earth; he doesn't stand on ceremony.
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August 27, 2012 |
A man killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska's Denali National Park last week was identified Sunday as a 49-year-old San Diego photographer, who had been taking pictures of the animal for at least seven to eight minutes before the attack, park officials said. Richard White, was between 50 and 100 yards away from the bear that ultimately mauled him Friday, according to images found on his camera, park spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin said. He is the first person to die in a bear attack in the history of the park, which covers 4.7 million acres.