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

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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Phono Photos: December Challenge

Welcome to the third month of musical photo challenges!  I hope your holidays are shaping up well and you’re a little less busy than I am!

You can see last month’s submissions here.  You’ll have until the end of the month to submit your responses for December’s challenge.

This Month’s Prompt

“Giants” by X Ambassadors
The Reason

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TWOI: 12/1/17

Another week has flown by!  This one was really crazy, following Thanksgiving last week.  On top of wrapping up Kumoricon pictures, there’s no time to slow down!

I did a few more grid photos this week on Instagram.  How do you like them?

This first one was from the train ride to Denali National Park.  I’m a sucker for reflections, and those low clouds added an extra dynamic.

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Backpacking Alaska – Day 3: Wind

The second night came and went in a blink of exhaustion.  Crawling out of my tent, I found some of our crew were already down on the beach.  They’d spotted a bear out clamming in the receding morning tide.

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This was my first real opportunity for shooting the bears we had come out here to find, and I was stoked, my aching muscles quickly forgotten.

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WC: Shrinking Your World

We’re all quite small in this vast world.  We fill our lives up with work and projects and social lives and activities.  With everything we add, we discover how much the earth has to offer, and we realize we could never experience it all, given a hundred lifetimes.  The world feels bigger and bigger, with each new interest requiring thousands of hours to master, though each never reaches the state of “done.”

What drives us to be so insanely busy all the time?

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Costa Rica: Croc Country

Alright!  Costa Rica!  Let’s do this!  I took over 2100 photos on our trip south, and I’m so excited to share some with you.

Some adventures are premeditated, and some simply.. happen.  We planned to drive through Tarcoles to visit the famous crocodile bridge, but we hadn’t anticipated being swept into a boat tour by a very convincing salesman.  Oftentimes, these turn out to be scams, overpriced and/or overpromising.

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