Lake Minchumina Goes Liquid Again

Dear Friends,

It’s that time of year again, when Lake Minchumina turns from ice to liquid, as it has done for millions of years. Time to put away the snowmobiles and dog sleds, our main form of transportation just mere weeks ago, and prepare to launch the dock and boats in anticipation of the fast-approaching summer season.

Spring is a sight to behold on Lake Minchumina, with signs of new life appearing daily as the snow slowly disappears to reveal the boreal forest below, anxious to bloom. The birch forest surrounding the lodge has already burst into leaf, the brilliant green foliage contrasting starkly against their white bark.

And, of course, there’s Denali, which we can gaze upon longer everyday with the daily increase in daylight hours. No matter the time of the year, no matter how many times I turn to see it, The Mountain is a stunning revelation.

Spring is also an exciting time for me and the staff of Denali West, all of us looking forward to meeting people from all over the world who come to share “our” Alaska, one far from crowds. If you’re looking for the real Alaska this summer – relax, you found it. It should come as no surprise that it is located in the very heart of the Great Land.

In the meantime, lots of work to do! Now that they are on “vacation” after a glorious mushing season, our 76 sled dogs look on lazily as we busy ourselves with all manner of preparation and activity, from tuning boat engines to planting the garden with fresh herbs, flowers, and vegetables.

To all of our guests who made the 2003 mushing season yet another memorable success, thank you so much. To all of you getting ready to depart for your adventure of a lifetime this summer at Denali West Lodge, see you soon!

Tonya Schlentner