Fur Rondy Day Two

Wonderful sunny day for a Rondy!
We headed out about 11am this morning for Anchorage, mainly to see Running of The Reindeer through downtown.

I have lots of photos that I will be adding to the gallery that will be posted in the next couple days.

This was taken on the drive to Ancorage

Running ot The Reindeer

One from the Fur Rondy Race

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Fur Rondy

We went to the Fur Rendezvous in Anchorage today, and a very snow day it was. I took over 400 photos today and we plan on going back tomorrow for at least the “Running of The Reindeer”.

We also got over a foot, closer to 16 inches, of fresh fluffy snow lastnight and today. 🙂

I’m creating another gallery just for the Fur Rondy, I’ll post it here when I have it finished in the next couple days.

Here are just a few of the photos that will be in the gallery

Really cool Wolf Hat

Fur Auction Booth

From the Outhouse Races

’till next time
Laters
Ed

Knik Glacier, This Time With Jan

We, Jan and I, headed out to the area I was at yesterday, I wanted to show Jan this spot. Was a bit cloudy, but it was still great and I think the pictures came out better, not so much glare. We drove down the beach for a ways until we found what looked like a trail heading back into the woods, well, I’m sure it was a “trail”, but it was also a river. I believe it was Jim Creek. Needless to say, not knowing the area yet, we turned around and headed back. We climbed up a couple of mounds that are around there, see great views. Next time, I explore more.

Knik Glacier. The very tall peak in the back is Mt. Goode at 10,449ft.

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Climbed on a mound to take these

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Part of Chugach Mountains. Mt Plamer is the furthest peak( 6,600 ft) and you can just see Hunter Creek Glacier, middle right.

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

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