Backpacking Alaska – Day 2: Rocks

Day 1 was all about distance.  But that turned out being a good thing, because Day 2 rocked.  And sadly, that wasn’t a good thing.

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We woke on Day 2 to find moisture on our tents and moose tracks feet from our camp.  It was fortunate we were so tired; we weren’t kept awake by any unidentifiable noises in the night.  I was also shocked to see the drastic variances in the tide.  The waterlines on the beach came within feet of our tents; we were lucky to have not gotten wet.

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Backpacking Alaska – Day 1: Distance

Who’s ready for backpacking adventures?  I know I’ve been promising them for a long time, and you’ve had a taste here and there, but I’m finally getting into the heart of my epic adventure into the Alaskan wilderness.  I appreciate your patience.  It was truly a remarkable journey, and I’m excited to share it with you.

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After an hour’s bush plane flight out of Anchorage, we found ourselves on the beach in Chinitna Bay, and once our pilot departed, we were on our own.  We had finally arrived, and I was ready.  This was my first time truly backpacking, and I couldn’t wait.

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Alaska: My First Bush Plane Flight

Apologies for the hiatus!  I know I took a little break from the Alaska posts, but they’re back!

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Right from the start, I knew a flight in a bush plane was on the itinerary for Alaska.  Much of the Alaskan wilderness is completely wild.  No roads or modern conveniences.  Completely untouched – just the way we like it.  As a result, it’s only accessible by small bush planes, and once they drop you off, you’re on your own!

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Final Glimpse of Denali

Our adventures were over far too quickly in Denali National Park.  We spent a day on a bus; we spent a day on the trails.  Certainly, I preferred the latter to the former, but they were both an excellent way to experience this vast park.  Next, we were gearing up for bears!

But first, we had one more day on the train.

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Hiking Denali: Savage Alpine Trail

Busing Denali National Park is a good way to sample the park in a single day.  But to truly enjoy the wonder that is this stunning national park, one must slow the pace a bit and get out from behind dusty window panes.

For our second full day in Denali, we wanted to get our hiking boots dirty.  We knew we couldn’t venture beyond Savage River without a bus pass, but after the previous day, the last thing any of us wanted to do was sit on a bus again.   Continue reading

TWOI: 8/11/17

Before getting to the pictures, I wanted to mention something about this day.  Today is a special day.  It’s my baby kitty’s birthday.  She was my 16th birthday present, and she was only a month shy of turning 15 when we had to say goodbye to her two years ago.  She was my favorite photographic subject, and though I miss her, I smile at all the happy memories.  I’m making a conscious effort to remember her birthday and forget the worst day of my life, so happy birthday, Zoe!  You can read all about her here.

As for Instagram, I have quite the variety this week.

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