The next morning we packed everything up and left around 10. We stopped at Savage River again and climbed up a small hill. At the top was a amazing view of the valley and we shot a segment of me explaining glacially formed valleys. We also shot a segment where Peter, a classmate, used a radio to talk to Jill at the bottom of the hill. We used this as the final sequence in our video.
We climbed the pointy hill in the upper left hand corner, which is where the rest of the pictures are taken.
We left the park and drove into Nenana Canyon, which is right outside the park. Everyone started calling their parents. As they did, they realized that many of their parents had been worried about them. While we were in the park, a group of 7 students and 2 instructors (almost exactly the same as our group) had been attacked by a bear near Denali. This made national news, and a few of the parents thought it might have been us.
On the way back we stopped at the Stampede Trail, which is where the guy from into the wild was staying in a bus (Or so Emily told me). Emily was slightly, just slightly, obsessed with the book and movie, and narrated the whole story to us in about 3 minutes. I recorded it, and although we didn't have time to put it in the final video, I think I will put it in a version for all of the parents. Anyway, we stopped and took a picture of the sign, which just said Stampede trail.
Next we stopped at a canyon near the Usibelli Coal mine in Healy. It was a beautiful canyon, with visible sedimentary layering in the walls. There were a few veins of lignite coal, which stood out from the rest of the layers. We found a bunch of fossils, and also did a video segment about layering and sedimentation.
While we were there, a bunch of kids started jumping and sliding down scree slopes. We nicknamed it “screeing” These were some of the best pictures I got.
We didn't get back to the dorms to eat dinner at the cafeteria on time, so we stopped at a burger joint and ate dinner. Then we drove back to the dorms and unpacked.