Location: Alaska

When I start showing my photos from a recent trip I sometimes feel like Aunt Patty and Aunt Selma forcing the Simpsons to sit through another one of their vacation slideshows. Hopefully, you don't get that vibe here... I do my best to show the cream of the crop instead of torturing you with a whole bunch of boring images (yes, professional photographers have those images, too). Or worse, a full slideshow of selfies (I may have included a few...don't judge). So, I narrowed it down as best I could. I think I can say this post is at least better than getting a shirt that says, "My friend went to Alaska and all I got was this lousy t-shirt". So, without further adieu, here are the Alaska pictures.

This was my first morning in Denali. I woke up to a heavy layer of snow on my tent, but I couldn't have asked for better light.

Me overlooking the Toklat River.

My tent had already gathered a fine dusting of ice, but the northern lights were calling. I nervously walked to the road not sure what I was going to see. But there they were. The northern lights!

The northern lights over Sanctuary River.

My first night in the backcountry! That's bear spray on my hip.

My beautiful campsite in backcountry unit 10.

In the backcountry of Denali National Park. This is probably one of my favorite photos from the trip.

The northern lights and the big dipper sure were trying to break through the clouds.

A bull moose and the fall foliage.

This is my second backpacking location. Unit 33. I did a little more exploring to find this campsite and it definitely paid off.

I felt incredibly blessed and lucky to be there. There were definite ups and downs, but this day was pretty magical.

Sunset in the backcountry of Denali National Park.

The moon over the Alaska Range.

It's incredible to think how much higher Denali (Mt. McKinley) is. Denali is 20,322', the tallest mountain in North America.

I hiked back to the road the next morning and waited for the bus to take me to my campground at Wonder Lake. Not a bad place to have to wait for the bus. Denali is in the middle of the frame.

Luckily, I never saw any bears while I was hiking, but I saw plenty of signs that they were near. This bear was hanging around the Eielson Visitor Center.

There are so many mountains, many of them are unnamed.

A road with fall colors leads to Denali and the Wonder Lake Campground.

Can't complain with a view like that! Wonder Lake Campground in the fall.

MT. MCKINLEY -- THE HIGH ONE -- DENALI

The Super Moon

Panorama of the Alaska Range. Denali is hiding in the clouds.

A grizzly desperately tries to find food before winter.

The light was incredible on my last morning in the park. This is Polychrome Point.

I found some climbers! They were just outside of Anchorage on my way to Seward.

I hiked in the rain to get to this river in Seward. The amount of green and moss was amazing.

Saw this little guy on the trail overlooking Exit Glacier. If you haven't seen the YouTube video of "Teddy Eating Corn" google it right now.

Exit Glacier.

So many mushrooms!

Sailboat in the bay. Seward, Alaska.

The coastline in Seward, Alaska.

It was super windy and water was splashing up on my camera, but this was one of the coolest moments of the trip. Portage Glacier and Portage Lake.

Ice from Portage Glacier in Portage Lake.

Ice from Portage Glacier.

The Seward Marina at Sunrise.

 

Published: September 30, 2014

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