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Denali -- and particularly the Kantishna area -- is known for its mosquitos, particularly in early summer and through July. After all, the mosquito is Alaska's state bird. Because of all the moisture in the tundra and the ponding of water all over the place, Alaska's state bird thrives here.

Yet, it isn't all that horrible. You make sure you carry your trusty mosquito headgear and don it when you can't take those pesky bugs any longer. So then they just bite the heck out of your hands so you just put your hands in your pockets. But even that is not so bad. You might see 10 of them on your hands biting away, and you'll feel it, too, as teeny little pin pricks. However, our hands didn't get those nasty welts that we get from the liberal California mosquitos in my home town. One of our guides told us it was due to the fact that Alaskan mosquitos have far less contact with humans than mosquitos in other states. (There must be trillions of mosquitos in Alaska to every human.) Supposedly, that infrequent contact between mosquitos and humans results in mosquito saliva with weaker toxins. Perhaps a brilliant chemist could confirm this as correct or silly folklore.

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