It sure doesn’t feel like it, but it’s been over a year since I’ve published a blog-post. I’ve still been writing, editing, and updating, but not publishing new things. I’ve still been out taking photos in Alaska, just not as much as I would hope too. It’s been hard to get out because work has been taking quite a bit of my time lately, my latest camera system failed, and I took a gouge out of my walk-around lens last summer. On a much more positive note, Kate and I bought a house this summer just outside of Fairbanks. We’re exhilarated to be first-time homeowners, but we’ve got quite the list of projects already starting.
I’m never as happy without my camera and this the second failure I’ve had in the last two years (photography is getting expensive). So I finally ordered a replacement camera and lens this morning and I wanted to kickstart myself into writing again by sharing some alaska photos I’ve taken since spring of 2016.
Angel Rocks Aurora
I didn’t spend as many nights out watching the aurora as usual, but still managed to see a few good displays. One night my friend, Phil and I hiked out to Angel Rocks. It was cold, my old headlamp kept failing, the aurora built up gradually, it was a pretty night.
Denali National Park
On a weekend I had free in May, I drove down to Denali National Park, staying one night at the Riley Creek Campground. It’s free to stay at this campsite at the park entrance before the tourist season starts, and we had been having an unusually warm spring. The leaves were already starting to green; the weather was perfect for camping.
The next day I set out to hike Mt. Healy via the Healy Overlook Trail. The trail is steep, yet comfortable up to the overlook. Mt. Healy was in the clouds, so there was nothing to see from the overlook. Continuing on, the snow became more frequent and deeper. The air was warm and the snow was melting fast. Without snowshoes, I was postholing past my knees with every step, so I decided to bail. It was still a gorgeous day and an awesome hike!
Backpacking on the Canwell Glacier
Later in May, Phil and I ventured out to the Canwell Glacier via Miller Creek in the Eastern Alaska Range. We spent one night out on the ice, hiking up to the snowline before turning back (because I passionately hate postholing). This was my first time approaching the glacier directly from the Richardson Highway. I usually drive a few miles up Red Rock Canyon Road to approach the southern moraine from above.
Camping at Mt. Prindle Campground
Kate and I took a weekend to take the dog camping in the White Mountain National Recreation Area. First we drove down to the Ophir Creek Campground, since neither of us had been there before. The mosquitoes told us that we needed to leave the area immediately or face dire consequences of blood-loss. After retreating we took a short walk on the Table Top mountain trail. A couple of people that worked for the BLM took video of us hiking on the trail, but I’ve never seen what came of it. We set up camp at one of the Prindle campsites that was ever-so-less buggy, made some dinner, and hunkered down for the evening. The next day we slept in a bit before taking a hike along Nome Creek. Another great spring weekend in Alaska!