Knik Glacier

Shortly after we arrived here we headed out to find Knik Glacier, little did we know, you can’t get to it from Knik Glacier Rd. Who would of thought that. Well, now that we know better, I’ve researched the area and found you can get to it from the other side of the Knik River. This area is part of The Knik River Public Use Area I’ve been going to the past few days. Only today, I headed further over into the town of Butte, from there, you can hit trails to get to the Knik River. Wow are there some trails back there, looks like it will be fun come summer. Anyway, I drove down the trail that ended up at the Knik River, what a wonderful view from there, the river, mountains, and of course, the Knik Glacier. The Glacier almost looked like you could reach out and touch it, though I know it is still a long ways off. After letting the dogs run for a bit, I headed further down the main trail, I stopped at a point in the river, took a couple more photos, then turned around to head back home. The trail looked like it went on for a long ways, another day I’ll follow it futher.

In the following pictures of the glacier, the small green/brown strip that is in front of the glacier, well, those are trees. Not grass, brush, shrubs, but trees. It shows how large the Knik Glacier really is.
The Knik Glacier averages about 200 feet thick. Its face is about three miles wide at the head of Knik River, this is what you are seeing in my photos, the face.

Bit of history: Before the great earthquake of 1964, Knik Glacier used to seal off Lake George Gorge causing Lake George to form. Each spring, the water would erode the glacier ice dam and as much as 150 million gallons of water per minute would begin to pour through the gorge, at times forming a wall of water 150 feet high.

Photos from today…

Gertie (my Jeep) at the Knik River with the Glacier in the background

Knik Glacier

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Views from around the river

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Looking down river to the train bridge

While I was there, the sun went behind Pioneer Peak for a bit

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To finish things off, here is a panorama of the area.

Just Plain Big

And, one last photo. One of the birds that come by the house, Bohemian Waxwing

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Feeling Like Groundhog Day – The Movie

Yes, it’s starting to feel a little like the movie, day after day of just wonderful weather. Today it got close to 40* F with bright sunny skies. Went out for another little hike, I was dressed way too warm with only a shirt and sweatshirt on top. So, I headed up Hatcher Pass, but didn’t stay, just took a few pictures. I then went over to Palmer and out to Knik River Public Use Area again. This time we, the dogs and I, walked across Mud Lake, not quite all the way, but damn near. This area is big time moose zone, there were tracks and droppings everywhere. I saw a moose on the other side of the lake running, not sure why it was running. Being out there on the lake, with no trees to jump behind, I started thinking it might be a good idea to start carrying a gun for protection. Either way, it was another wonderful warm sunny day for a walk-about.

Little Susitna River

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Hatcher Pass Lodge

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Avalanche started, if you look close to the top you can see some skiers.

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From Mud Lake, Burnt Butte

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View from Mud Lake

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Still Mud Lake, about half way across looking back

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Mt Palmer from Mud Lake

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Pioneer Peak from Mud Lake

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

Knik River Public Use Area

Drove out Maud Rd to the Kink River Public Use Area (KRPUA) today. Was another wonderful clear and warm day, reached 35*F. I had Griz and Eli with me again, though Eli had to be on his leash some of the time, I saw lots of very large moose tracks and he likes to try and be “friends” with them.

Driving out there, I came to one of the stopping spots, but there is a trail that continues on from there. I took that trail for a little ways, but being alone and not knowing the area yet, I didn’t venture too far due to the trail getting narrower and rougher. So I turned around and went back to where I’ve been before. From there we, the dogs and I, went for a nice hike out across the lake then some further.

It was kind of hard taking some of the photos down there with the sun shining so bright and right at the direction of some of the shots I wanted. One of these days I like to head there for the sunset, I think if might be a great spot.

Driving down Maud Rd. The right side drops down a hundred foot or so.

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At the lake, one side you look to the lake, the other side you look straight up to this peak at about 5,000 ft

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Pioneer Peak, on the other side of the lake, opposite the above image

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Stream that feeds an unnamed Lake

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Unnamed Lake

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Jet heading to Anchorage, I’m guessing

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Ice on the creek

Heavy tree bark

Location of where these were taken

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Bright, Sunny, And About 30*F

Just one great day. Jan and I headed out with the dogs to a couple lakes I had found, should be real nice come summer. One of the lakes we have known about, Reflections Lake, just hadn’t stopped to check it out yet. The other lakes, Long, Irene and Canoe, I have been to, but not Jan. This time we hiked for a ways along Long Lake, Was a nice trail. There are quite a few trails in this lakes area. These lake are also part of Kepler-Bradley Lakes State Park.
This morning it was about -2*F, but by the time we were out and about, the temp was up to about 33*F, and the sun, wow, you can really feel the heat form it. It had been cloudy for a few days, and I was really getting the itch to get out. Today just couldn’t have been any better, weather wise.

The Following are all from Reflections Lake

Jan and the dogs walking across Reflections Lake

Mt. POW/MIA

Pioneer Peak

Talkeetna Mountains

Long Lake

Pioneer Peak from Long Lake Rd

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Tonights Sunset

Went outside with the dogs, and saw what a great sunset we were having, so I ran in, got my camera, click click click…

This evenings sunset

Laters
Ed

Taxes Complete

Like the title says, we did our taxes the other day, and the good thing about it was that we were able write off some of our moving expenses. We’re also getting a good return form federal and MI state. WooHoo, this will be the last year for Michigan taxes, no state taxes here in AK and hardly any sales tax, depends what city you live, end even then, it’s tiny.

I was going to head out this afternoon to take some photos, but it clouded up and snowed. Tomorrow should be a good day though, I hope.

Sunrise this morning

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Another Gallery

Today I finished our trip from Harbor Springs, MI to Bellingham, WA gallery. A lot of the photos are kind of crappy due to taking them while driving, I know, I shouldn’t be doing that. The Pine Canyon pictures really doesn’t do it justice, or in better words, the scariness.

Now I have the two biggest galleries to do, Michigan and Alaska. Just not even sure where to start with these. 🙂

Redoubt Volcano Update:
Redoubt Volcano has not erupted. Elevated seismicity is continuing and is dominated by ongoing volcanic tremor and occasional small earthquakes.

Starting around 9:00 AM AKST, the amplitude of tremor increased and has remained somewhat elevated. A regional earthquake at 10:50 AKST, located 45 miles NW of Anchorage, can be clearly seen on Redoubt webicorders. This earthquake has a preliminary magnitude of 3.6.

One of my favorite of the trip. It’s from Going-To-The-Sun Road in Montana.

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

Photo Galleries

Spent most of last night and today working on one of the photo galleries I’ve been wanting to do. You’ll notice a new catagory to the right called “My Photo Galleries”. These will all be listed on the main droppings.dog-berry.com page as well, and I’ll adding more and more as time comes. For now, I have just two, our trip to Alaska in May of 2008 and the newest one; Our Trip on The Alaska Marine Highway, from Bellingham, WA to Whittier, AK.

I’ll end today with a photo from the Inside Passage, leaving a small native village. (Wish I could remember the village name).

’til next time
Laters
Ed