Buddhist monk in front of mountain backdrop.

Mountain Monk

I took this photo in July, 2015. It was my first time visiting Independence Mine, up Hatcher Pass in Alaska. We explored the abandoned mine and followed various footpaths in the surrounding mountain scene. I really wasn’t sure where the trails would take me. Every once in awhile, a flash of orange could be seen […]


Crow Pass 2012

“The earth has music for those who listen.” ― George Santayana   August 30 – September 1, 2012 To follow-up our Johnson Pass adventure, Terry and I set our sights on a multi-day trek from Girdwood to Eagle River, completing another section of the Iditarod National Historic Trail. We decided to spend nights over the course of […]

Gates of Fort McGilvray

Caines Head Independence

I don’t consider myself a pessimist at all. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel completely soaked to the skin. – Leonard Cohen   July 4-6, 2012, My brother-in-law and I, along with our families, set out to spend a long Independence Day weekend in […]


Johnson Pass – Part 1: Logistics and Otherwise

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir This is the first in a multi-part post. Part 1 discusses the idea and some of the logistics leading up to a trek through Johnson […]