trail and stream

While reminiscing over pictures from Alaska I stumbled across these two images.  I think the similarities are pretty striking.  Most apparent is the S curve of the trail and the stream as they meet the vanishing point.  Also, in each image a dark mass fills the left of the frame.  As a further coincidence, the... Continue Reading →

Everyone and their dogs

The toughest dog in Alaska (see earlier post for explanation), Tank the terrier, has remained vigilant all summer long.  Night and day the streets of McCarthy are safe under the watchful eye of this dog.  With the nearest law enforcement located hours away in Glen Allen, it's important to have a local presence of order. ... Continue Reading →

Peavine Cabins

Greetings from Peavine cabin.  That's me on the porch waving to you.  The camera is on a ten second self timer.  I produced this picture in one take, but nearly broke my ankle running from the tripod to the camera.  Actually, I didn't hurt my ankle in any way.  I just had to run really... Continue Reading →

The Tent Life

Ok, so here are some pictures of my tent. This is pretty standard McCarthy-style digs.  Most seasonal employees are living in some variation of tent/shack/hut, etc. Personally, I think this tent is pretty sweet.  In terms of wall tents this one is luxury.  Check out the van seat couch, spacious shelving, and desk.  Not only... Continue Reading →

From Source to Tap

Clear Creek bubbles up right from the forest floor, filtered through the nebulous waterways of the Root Glacier. The creek is indispensable to life in McCarthy.  The water source provides much of the community water used for drinking, bathing, laundry, cooking, etc. Straight from the creek, cupped in handfuls to a person’s lips, the water... Continue Reading →

Jumbo Mine hike

In my opinion, one of the most rewarding/beautiful hikes accessible from the area.  This will take a person through it all - switchbacks with views of the Root Glacier, canopied fern lined trails, stream crossings, flowered ridgelines, and scree fields at the top.  At the crown, situated underneath Castle Peak, there are panoramic vistas of... Continue Reading →

Hidden Creek Lake floods

Every summer the Hidden Creek Lake, a glacier lake ten miles north of town, busts it’s dam.  This usually happens during the first few weeks of July.  When Hidden Creek Lake drains it floods nearby waterways, including the Kennicott River.  The banks corrode, and large chunks of ice charge downstream. For about twenty four hours... Continue Reading →

Canoeing the Root Glacier Pools

The Root Glacier, the ancient conveyor of ice, recedes near McCarthy.  This part of the glacier is covered with moraine - rocky debris scraped from the mountains at it’s source.  Underneath this debris lays the actual white ice most people associate with glaciers.  The toe of the glacier, as it’s called, is a wild place... Continue Reading →

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