My family traveled to Alaska in the summer of 2016, where we visited Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks. Along the way, some of our favorite stops included the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Girdwood, the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, and the town of Talkeetna. And in Anchorage, I got to catch up with my college roommate Bourke in his home state.
Over the course of a week, we got a small but rich taste of Alaska’s vastness and natural beauty. And during our hike to Exit Glacier, we saw up close how far the glacier’s edge had receded in just the past two centuries — a sobering reminder of the responsibility we all share to protect our wild places and natural treasures that inhabit them.