Last Friday in Denali National Park, I stepped out of the shuttle bus into a snow squall. That was a chilly way to start my 35 mile hike and packraft trip over the Labor Day weekend. I hiked off into the blowing snow convincing myself that the weather forecast was suggesting clear skies in the next day. But who can really trust a weather forecast in Alaska’s mountains? As it turned out, the skies did clear and reveal a mountain landscape beautifully decorated with the first dusting of snow that Alaskan’s call termination dust, i.e., the end of summer. The nights were chilly, but the sights were stunning. I hiked solo for 17 miles up the Teklanika River and over the pass into Refuge Valley, and then packrafted 18 miles out the Sanctuary River. It is a beautiful area that I hope to make a return visit in the future.