Vaso is a Summer Work Travel (SWT) participant from Montenegro working in Denali National Park, Alaska. The National Park Service describes Denali as “six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America’s tallest peak, 20,310′ Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages.”
Vaso has taken advantage of the many outdoor activities, including jeep tours, white water rafting, and mountain biking. “I visited two cities, Anchorage and Fairbanks. I was in Anchorage museum too, I met new friends from America and it’s going well – comunication is good between us. I love Alaska – it’s really beautiful and peaceful place for living.
This month I participated in a few Mountainbiking Tours around Denali/Mc Kinley national park through beautiful Alaskan landscapes, rivers, lakes and mountains. In a first tour I was alone in that adventure. I rented a bike and continued to the visitor center in Denali. I watched the maps and trails and continued alone from there. In first look I was scared because all around trails I saw the tables about wolves and bears in that area, what is normal for national park. But when I started my drive around beautiful landscapes rivers lakes and else ..I forgot the warning tables about bears and other wild animals. I was hypnotized with all that beautiful nature. I met new friends from Nepal, Washington, Seattle and Michigan too. We exchanged the stories about my country and they talked to me about their life’s culture and life in USA too. Really beautiful memories and experience here. I’m happy to be here.”
Thanks to Vaso for sharing his experience with IENA!