TWOI: 1/19/18

Happy Friday!

This week, I went back to some variety.  Alaska, Yosemite.. even a touch of Hawaii and something local.  So let’s get to it!

This first image is from my post this week on the endless Alaskan daylight.  While I do love my sunshine, it’s a bit disruptive to my circadian rhythm to be deprived of so many hours of darkness.  You can read that post here.

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Backpacking Alaska – Returning Home

As we were turning around at the Johnson River to head back to the lodge and our pick-up spot, our early pilot spotted us and touched down in the soft sand.

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Good news: we didn’t have to hike anymore.  Bad news: that sand was really soft.  So much so that the plane got stuck.  Continue reading

TWOI: 1/5/18

Welcome to the new year!  I’m excited to see what it brings.

For this first week of 2018, I have some fun scenes.  First, a few from Alaska.

The mist and fog in Denali National Park was breathtaking.  Photos simply can’t do it justice.  It was too much to see the Great One, itself, but it sure made the scenery beautiful.

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Backpacking Alaska – Day 5: Bears

Ordinarily, this post would be for my monthly photo challenge, but that didn’t seem too popular, so I’m tabling that for now.  Perhaps I’ll revive that sometime later.  In the meantime, you get more bears!

In fact, this is the last daily installment of my grand backpacking adventure through the Alaskan bush.

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TWOI: 12/29/17

Happy Friday, and welcome to almost the last post of the year!  I still have one more weekly challenge for this year, but this is the last full week.  Do you like these Instagram reviews?

This first image was from our cliffside discovery on the Oregon coast.  We were so awed by this day, and I can’t wait to discover similar secrets of the Oregon shoreline.

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Backpacking Alaska – Day 4: Rain

Day 4 of our backpacking bear adventure was a bit damp.  We woke to moisture on the tents, and we really couldn’t avoid packing up wet gear. The tides once more amazed me.  While I had been brushing my teeth fairly close to camp the night before, the morning routine required a decent stroll.  We were in no hurry, so we took our time eating breakfast after sleeping in; we didn’t hit the trail until almost 2pm.

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TWOI: 12/22/18

Happy holidays, everyone!  We’re so close to my favorite holiday of the year: Christmas.  For us, it’s a time of coming together with family I only see once a year, eating far too much of my mother’s amazing cooking, boisterous laughter over drinks and games, and the excitement of seeing someone unwrap a lovingly-prepared gift.  I wish you all a very happy Christmas, even if you don’t celebrate it.  I hope the holidays bring much joy, fun, and relaxation 🙂

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TWOI: 12/15/17

Happy Friday!  This week featured quite a bit of Alaska.  I took so many photos there; I hope you don’t mind.

I’m also just beginning to play around with Instagram stories.  They’re all the rage nowadays, and I haven’t really used them before, so we’ll see how it goes!

This first photo is from my most recent post on crossing the Red River during our backpacking trip in Lake Clark National Park.  The scenery is beautiful, but the water sure is cold!  Check out that post here.

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Backpacking Alaska – Day 3: The Red River

Day 3 was all about the Red River.  This was our major obstacle.  We knew it was coming, and we knew it would pose a challenge.  I’m told when our fearless leader divulged our planned course to a bush plane pilot, his first question was, “do you have a floatation device for crossing the Red River?”  Um…. no?

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See the black bear just outside the trees on the far side?  This was the only black bear we saw the entire trip.

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