Very scenic drive from Rt. 5 to the coast.
Camps with Mt Shasta in the background.
We soon made it to Mt Shasta. New for Camps and a return trip for Shannon.
Camps and Shannon ready to take off on the next chapter of our own Big Adventures.
The view from dinner on the beach.
Bad moon rising.
Sleeping under 101.
The sky was clear and the moon was bright.
Look how clean the car is.
The subi would never have been stuck here.
Going for a swim off the Oregon coast.
Shannon running like it is cold.
Lets go fly a kite.
So much fun!
Third state of the trip and the last one before Alaska.
Thre largest Spruce.
Time for a swim.
The water is warm, come on in.
Don't mind if I do.
Beautiful lake in Olympic NP.
This deer was very close to us.
Gazing into the San Juan de Fuca straight.
We'll take it. Our campsite in an undeveloped housing lot.
First ferry ride of the day. I like ferrys.
All aboard! Next stop, ALASKA.
Goodbye contiguous 48.
The Solarium. Our home for four days.
You could tent it, but the Solarium was just better.
Glassy morning water with misty fog. Just one of many incredible views from the ferry.
First glimpse of snow on the mountains. Somewhere in British Columbia.
You really get to know your neighbors.
Dolphins playing in the boat's wake.
The best view ever while sipping on some morning tea.
Enjoying the scenery and building with excitment.
Local fun, let's go jump the ferry boat wake.
Are days were filled with sight-seeing, cards, enjoying the scenery, chess, taking in the views, eating and repeating all of the above.
We set up the tent to dry one afternoon.
The start of the longest and best sunsets I can recall.
A view behind the ferry as the sun started to set.
The sunset continues.
Yellow to orange and now the pinks and purples.
Behind the boat it was purple.
In front of the boat it were orange, red and pink. Which way should I look?
Green hues in the sunset.
Still setting. At this point I had to give up and make some dinner.
Pulling into Ketchikan, AK.
There must have been 20 float planes taking off.
Town of Wrangell
We went swimming in the ocean at that point. It was very refreshing.
Bald Eagle just chilling.
Port in Petersburg.
Shannon and RJ frolicing around.
A statue and a ship to honor the Norwgien settlers.
4am in Juneau. Seriously, the road just ends. Planes and boats are the only way in and out of Juneau.
Its 4:30am, there is so much light this far north.
Glacial view as we approached Haines.
Our friends from the Solarium
Unloading the cars. We made it! Let the adventure continue.
Welcome to Haines! The first ferry stop with roads to the interior of Alaska.
The trail was a great mix of forest, grassland, sea and rock.
Glacier terminous on the hike to Twin Coves
We are working on this one. Jumping, high fives whie still smiling for the camera. It will get better.
Lunch with a view.
Views from a hike around Haines.
Part of the trail to Seduction Point.
Moose! First moose spotting of the journey.
Mt. Riley, Haines, AK
False summit of Mt. Riley, another 1/4 mile to go.
I wonder what Shannon is looking at.
Snow, ice, glaciers!
Views from the summit of Mt. Riley
Looking down at the town of Haines, AK.
A cruise ship heading south on the Lynn Canal.
A steep trail in spots, but the view makes it all worth it.
The sun may look like it is setting, but we still have another 5 hours of sunlight.
Mosquito Lake. I caught 2 rainbow trout standing on this dock.
The water is so still. Amazing reflections!
Time to move on, driving through British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.
Pretty views on the Haines Highway.
In one day we drove out of Alaska, through B.C. and into the Yukon Territory.
I need to work on my ups.
Million Dollar Falls. But the question is, a million Canadian or American?
Incredible view along the Haines Highway.
Looking for bears.
Goodbye, Alaska Marine Highway Ferry.
Decoeli Peak to the right. Following the stream for our first overnight hike.
The view from camp at night. The Yukon was one of the most scenic places of the trip.
Snow to my left, scree to my right. It was a fun, challenging hike.
What a view from the top of Mount Decoeli.
Pretty blue flowers.
Pretty purple flowers.
Beautiful Kluane Lake in the Yukon.
We have skipped a lot of stones on this trip, this lake might be the best. There are not many things in life that are simpier and more enjoyable than skipping stones.
Okay, last one of Lake Kluane.
Leaving the Yukon behind us.
First Moose spotting.
Welcome to ALASKA! (again)
I told you we would get better at the jumping high fives.
This ain't exactly the Mississipi. I'm on one side, I'm on the other side. I'm on the east bank, I'm on the west bank.
At a lake stocked with Rainbow trout, there were two public use boats. It was great to get out of the weeds of the shoreline.
Sunset after fishing. Rainbow trout with dinner tonight.
Another lake with a boat. This one had a hole in it, but if you sat right it wouldn't take on water. Also we were playing around with some camera setting.
More experiments with the camera settings at Lake Donna. This view greated us after a 3.5mi hike through ATV trails with some bush-waking.
Killer mosquitos at Haines Junction. Did you know... there is not a single mosquito in Alaska. It is true, they are all married with very large families.
Alaska Highway... check.
Moose on the side of the road. Check out all the mosquitos on her back. A moose can loose a pint of blood a day to mosquitos.
SANTA! I know him.
Good times in North Pole, AK.
Driving with style and ease.
Flowers and camera technology. Cool.
Hello Fairbanks, Campsman and Shuester style.
The main plaza in 'downtown' Fairbanks at sunset.
Sweet campsite near the river, off the highway, with a toilet nearby and no one else aroud. This is were I came running back after losing the big Coho salmon.
Shannon bouldering on Grapefruit rocks.
In deep tought.
I couldn't quite make this pitch and then the downclimb was a little sketchy.
On top of Grapefruit rocks with beautiful views all around.
Yes we are living well, thank you for asking. It's actually pronounced 'lie-ven-good.'
Digging rocks out of the brake rotar gaurd. The fourth time this trip.
75% of the Dalton highway is not paved. However, most of the unpaved section is better than the pot-holed and frost-heaved sections of paved road. And on top of that 100% of the highway is better than any Baja road.
Driving over the Yukon river.
Nerd alert, the 'joys' of the 21st century. (I would be caught nerding it out later this same week... do you think this pictures caption themselves?)
The Dalton Highway and the Alyeska Pipeline.
Finger Mountain, suposidly it points towards Fairbanks.
I am here, where are you?
We made the Arctic Circle; getting closer to the elusive midnight sun.
A view of Pump 5 from Gobblers Knob. Haha, that's a funny name, Gobblers Knob.
Swimming in the ARCTIC. (Inside the arctic circle that is; Marion Creek north of Coldfoot, AK),
The cute cabins of Wiseman, AK.
Dall sheep along the Dalton at Atigun Pass. Did you know sheep have rectangular pupils? Seriously, look at them it's kind or freaky.
There is nothing like the open road, second to skipping stones obviously.
Midnight! And there is plenty of light to go for a walk.
Playing cards on a hillside at 1am. It may be chilly, but it is not dark out.
Unfortunately we were too late in the summer and not far enough north, the sun dropped below the horizon.
This was the hardest section of bouldering up Sukakpak Mountain.
But the views were excellent.
Only a 3,000 ft fall in front of me.
We made it. And proceeded to celebrate with cold, dry Ramen noodles (do not knock it until you've tried it).
We went straight up that notch in the shadows.
Swimming in the Yukon River. The water was warmer than Tahoe this time of year.
Back at the Fairbanks visitor center. It had an impressive native exhibit, a very friendly and helpful staff, free wifi, comfortable chairs and a sweet movie on repeat. This was our central base of operation for all trips in interior Alaska.
I like pretty flowers.
Granit Tors on the ridge line.
Standing on a Tor.
That was a challenging sprint and climb in the alloted 10 second window.
Boardwalk over the marsh while hiking the Granit Tors trail.
On top of Angel Rocks after a short hike and some bouldering.
Beaver at 45 mile pond. We saw three beavers in action here. They are much larger than you expect when you catch a glimpse of them on land.
Reflections on the pond with a beaver lodge.
I am no Karate Kid.
Fish or no fish, you have to love fishing with scenery like this.
Plane wreck along the Chena Dome trail.
Ever look at the insides of an airplane?
On top of Chena Dome, 4,425 feet.
A glimpse of the Alaska Range. I spy with my little eye, Denali. Actually, the clouds obscured the view and Denali was not obivious.
The hot springs were not as cool as Mammoth, but the soak was amazing after 50 miles of hiking.
Nope, this picture is not upside down.
Unfortunately the fish we not bitting.
Who does not like a zipline?
Fishing at sunset.