Ready or Not

Beginning to feel as if I might have run out of words for this project. Cat’s got my keyboard, or something like that. Have also been feeling detached from reality at times (assuming there is one), like I’m floating around filming someone else working their way from one day to the next. But wanted to do a little something for the month, and suppose the location shots that person’s been wandering through have been interesting enough.

The beginning of August saw depressingly high temperatures breaking records across the state. Soon after, however, a return to something more akin to ‘normal’ occurred, and it’s been clouds and rain ever since. And yes, the impending return to dark and frozen. Ready or not.

I’m going with not quite, and hoping for some likeness of fall, though that semblance has already been creeping in for while now. Cooling temps, changing leaves, the inevitable setting of the sun. And it is all as beautiful as ever—the reds and golds replacing the greens—just feels a little early this time around.

Since the last time it’s been a week down in Denali guiding a few commercial trips on the Nenana, a hike up and over Mt. Healy, an overnight trip on the Chena River, a couple days over to the east (Tok and Delta Junction) trying to get out of the rain, and some hiking/camping/canoeing in the Maclaren Valley off the Denali Highway. There it was an upstream jet boat ride to ‘glam camp,’ a long hike to the Maclaren Glacier, a float out the next morning, and a stroll along the summit trail. It was also an amusing Alaskan souvenir brought to life when a moose swam across the river in front of us directly underneath a perched bald eagle with a glacier in the background. The T-shirts are real!

Denali NP

Mt. Healy and ridge walking for miles.

Chena River

Couple miles from the house as the raven flies, but feels pretty far from everything when you’re out there.

Tok, Delta Junction, Quartz Lake

Mukluk Land. Monument to the epic quantity of junk weathering away in the Great North.
Little Tok River

Maclaren Glacier, River, Camp, Summit Trail…

Outhouse with a view.
Sunset of nothing but blues.

2 thoughts on “Ready or Not

  1. …Twenty years living in the bush near Livengood has me agreeing with you
    that it is always nice to have a bit of ‘fall’ before the dark-cold-and snow.

    Thank for sharing your story and photography

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    • Hey Pete,
      Looks like we may not get that this year. Snow predicted in the high country tonight! I will say that this summer was a lot more summery than last, however, so can just hold on to those warm memories for a while.

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