The 2011 project season got underway earlier than hoped for, when Carley Dunn called from Parkside Guest House to report that broken plumbing had flooded the house, and that the downstairs ceiling was resting, in pieces, on top of waterlogged beds and carpeting. Ensuing renovations sidelined most of Wally’s other winter ambitions, but with help from Carley and others, Parkside was ready for opening day, with some nice improvements in the bargain.
The pace didn’t slow down much in-season. We lured Bill Perhach back into the fold with a big, shiny Peterbilt dump truck. Bill made nightly gravel hauls from the park entrance, trucking about 400 yards of material, which we applied to Camp’s driveway and upper yard. Dump truck rides up and down the hill proved quite popular with the four-and under crowd.
Other highlights included extensive landscaping at both lodges, a double-wall fuel tank upgrade at North Face Lodge, an outhouse for Eldorado cabin, completion of 2010 water plant improvements at Camp Denali, a 20-inch lift for the Carpenter Shop, paving at the winter office, and enhanced storage in the Upper Back 40. Fair weather allowed for shingling of the Carpenter Shop and Grubstake cabin, as well as plenty of painting. In addition, all-new guest bikes were selected and procured with help from Drew McCarthy.
New staff members, Shawn Pummill and Kelly Thornton, tied the knot on August 14th in a small ceremony officiated by Simon at Pika Hut, our beloved octagonal cabin at the top of Camp Ridge. Several staff contributed by carrying firewood, hors d'oeuvres, and floral arrangements inspired by the approaching autumn season.
Long time staff John Kahle and Ellen Horbett met at Camp Denali when John worked on our operations crew and Ellen as our Office Coordinator and host. They were married on October 8th in East Aurora, New York.
Best wishes to all the newlyweds!
After more than 5 years as our Reservations Coordinator, MJ Aft left this fall to pursue worldwide travel. We are sad to lose her, but glad to welcome Sarah Bierschwale (2011 staff) as the new friendly voice to greet you on the phone. Her love of the northland after working and studying in Montana and Minnesota makes her a great addition to our year round office staff.
Illustrations by William D. Berry and Amanda P. Devine
P.O. Box 67
Denali National Park, AK 99755
The enthusiasm of our staff is often what makes the guest experience so memorable. If you know of someone who would be a good fit for our organization, encourage him or her to view the employment pages of our website, www.campdenali.com. General staff positions are available for the 2013 season, as well as the following professional seasonal positions:
**Registered Nurses are encouraged to apply for any of our positions.
Denali is what America was; it’s the old and new, the real and ideal, the wild earth working itself into us on days stormy and calm, brutal and beautiful, unforgiving and blessed. It’s where we came from, long before agriculture, television and designer coffee, before our goofball ideas of having dominion over all living things, before our modern, paradoxical definitions of progress and prosperity, and too much stuff; it’s the lean, mean, primal place buried in our bones no matter how much we might deny it, no matter how fancy our homes, how busy our routines, how cherished our myths. Denali resides in each of us as the deep quiet, the profound moment, the childhood lost and found again, the open space and rare chance to be observant, truly alive.