DNP - Sunset Reflecting on Mountain

Sunset in Denali National Park and Preserve

Getting a sunset photo in summer (and even in the spring) could be challenging unless you want to stay up very, very late.  In the middle of the summer there would be a good chance of catching a sunset and sunrise within one hour of each other.  There wasn’t that much daylight while I was […]

Wrangell Narrows

2012 Week #22

When I decided to take and post photos every week this year, I intentionally didn’t set any rules.  I never said I’d only pick my best photos.  Instead I have focused on my favorites or even most interesting.  This week I definitely choose photos I thought were interesting because of the story they tell. To […]

DNP - Grizzly Sow and Cubs

Grizzly Bears in Denali National Park and Preserve

Two of the hardest animals to spot in Denali National Park are grizzly bears and wolves.  During my trip I missed out on the wolves, but I did see a grizzly sow and her two cubs.  The little cubs were amazing, so in addition to my photos I snapped a quick video.  They really seemed […]

Flat Top

Hiking and Viewing at Flat Top in Anchorage, Alaska

Whenever I’m asked for places to see in Alaska (or more specifically Anchorage) Flat Top makes the cut.  The main viewing area can be accessed by car (driving directions below).  Depending on the weather Mount Susitna (Sleeping Lady) and Mt. McKinley and its foothills can be seen across Knik Arm.  Also, Anchorage in its entirety can […]

AMHS - Columbia - Orcas in Wrangell

Finally…I’ve Seen Orcas in the Wild

I really, really, really wanted to see Orcas while I cruised through Canada and Alaska on the Alaska Marine Highway System.  And finally, today my wishes were answered while waiting for our boat to leave Wrangell, Alaska.  There were two pods of Orcas.  It wasn’t easy, but I did manage to get a few decent […]

AMHS - Columbia - Finlayson Channel - View from back of Boat

Checking In From Ketchikan, Alaska

We left Bellingham, Washington on Friday at 6:30 pm and finally arrived in our first port today (Sunday at 6:30 am).  My dogs couldn’t have been happier to walk on solid ground.  I’ll write another time about the experience of travelling with two dogs on the Alaska Marine Highway System (ferry). With little time in […]

My Front Porch

Preparing My Home for Vacation

There are only a few days of work between now and when I board the ferry on Friday.  Finishing up the last few tasks at both work and home will keep me going full speeed between now and then. I’ve previously shared how I’m preparing… My Car My Dogs Myself …for our upcoming Alaska/Canada Road […]

Washington Park Entrance Stairs

How Portland Made Me Rethink the Inca Trail

Last October I had my fifth knee surgery.  It all started in 2001 with a right knee Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction.  In 2003 the saga of my left knee started with another ACL reconstruction.  Since then I had a screw removal (from the ACL) surgery in 2004, Microfracture in 2010, and most recently an […]

Kinley as My Co-Pilot

Preparing Myself for a Road Trip

I leave for Canada and Alaska in just over two weeks.  The time has been zooming by and I feel unprepared, especially since I’m going to be gallivanting around Portland this weekend (another post about that soon). I already mentioned how I’m preparing my car and my dogs for our upcoming road trip through Canada […]

Alaska (Spring/Autumn) Packing List

Documentation: Electronics: Clothing: Driver’s License Alarm Clock (b) 5 Undergarments Passport (a) Cell Phone & Charger 3 Socks Photocopy of Passport (a) Headphones and Splitter 1-2 Capris/Jeans Money/Money Belt Nikon Camera & Charger 1-2 Jacket/Sweater/Sweatshirt Notebook/Pen Waterproof Camera & Charger 1 Long Sleeve Shirt (c) Travel Guide/Map Tripod 3-5 Shirts Airline Reservations iPad/Laptop & Charger(s) […]