April 24, 2011

Howdy ya'll

Well once again life has gotten away with me and there hasn't been much time to post, or any pictures either. Things are finally warming up here in the north. It is a surprise sunny morning for Easter and its about 45 or so outside right now. Its been raining and such lately so most the higher elevation trails are in really bad shape and avalanche danger is a major concern in some areas. So with work being, well, work and school and bad weather haven't much to put up or time to do it. Sorry everyone. :) So I thought I would take just a couple moments and get up a few pics from the last months and get caught up because soon I will be done with school and the play time begins! Then I will have many more shots. So on with the pictures!
In March we took an afternoon and ran up Eagle River trail, great hike!
We ran into a lot more snow than we expected. We surveyed the head of the trail and decided that snow shoes would once again not be necessary and added weight for no reason, like the last hike we went on. So we left them in the truck and wore our micro spikes instead. As we got further back in the valley it became apparent that the shoes would have been nice, we did some post holing but not too bad.
Close up of the above peak, just to the north of Earnest Gruening Mountain
Little bunny tracks in the snow  
A spire of granite sticking out of a glacially carved valley. Pretty amazing.
The cabin at the top, on the lake and looking to go back this spring!
Eagle Glacier, for my folks...man its a lot smaller now!
It was really windy but by the looks of the snow, calmer than it had been
This is one of my more favorite snow shots this trip
Sarah looking pretty bad-ass! ha ha ha
The hillside next to us for about 1/2 mile, 500ft. tall, oozing with ice all over it. pretty cool
This is about where he started post-holing, about 3-4ft deep and increased from here
We are not totally sure what animal, but the cool thing is this is frozen in relief, meaning raised foot print, wind blew all the loose snow away leaving just this behind. Pretty cool!

We recently went to the State Museum and looked at a few photo shows they had there. One of the artists was really into sand and snow in the abstract, so this last shot was inspired by him. I didn't alter it or anything yet, will play later if time, but he did some great stuff with photo shop that made his pics really unique.
On the way home we just caught the sunset over Eagle Beach towards the Chilkat Range
Well, that is it for today, Happy Easter to everyone! Hope its a good one and will try to finish catching up soon. Now its time to go and get more pics of the wonderful place we live. See ya!