Central Power Plant and New Office Building
The old Treadwell Mining Complex ruins at Sandy Beach are one of my favorite things to photograph. It’s so easy to take a moment and imagine what it must have been like when Treadwell was operating at full capacity, with some 2,000 mine employees working to crank out tons of gold each day.
Here are some photos of a couple of the first large, recognizable ruins you come across as you head down the trail from its start near the recreational shelters – first, the remains of the Central Power Plant and then what was known as the New Office Building, which served as a temporary hospital after a fire wiped out Douglas and Treadwell in 1937.
In the weeks to come, I hope to post more photos of ruins further down the trail. Stay tuned!
A break in the seemingly constant summer rain here in Juneau meant it was time to ditch work and head up a mountain.
The mountain of choice was Mt. Juneau, topping out at 3,576 feet. I learned a bit of Mt. Juneau trivia from its Wikipedia page, like that it’s been known as Gold Mountain and Bald Mountain in the past and that it receives 300% more rain than downtown Juneau. Crazy.
Not too many photos to share this time, as it was cold, windy, and the next wave of rain was quickly heading in, but snapped a few good ones nonetheless!
Whew. Haines. Brew Fest. Crazy!
There are not many photos from the event itself… it’s hard to hold a camera and sample at the same time. I did at least manage some nice “out & about” shots of Haines. Enjoy!
What a trip!
Barrow, Alaska, is a pretty dynamic place this time of year – above-freezing temperatures and nearly 24 hours of sunlight kick starts the breakup of snow and ice that accumulated over a long winter. In just 3 days, lagoons that were buried beneath a layer of white ice suddenly burst into open bodies of water that some locals found irresistible (see the photo below of the snowmachine on the water!). Ditches that were empty were now nearly overflowing with meltwater and driveways turned from great places to park your car into front yard lakes. Again, all this happened in less than 72 hours. Incredible.
I did not have the (mis)fortune of encountering a polar bear, but I don’t think this will be my last trip to the “Top of the World”! Enjoy the photos!
A crisp, clear October morning turned into another hike out West Glacier Trail to the face of the Mendenhall Glacier, then on and under the glacier for a repeat visit to a glacier cave I was last at this past July. The interior of the cave has opened up and is much wider and taller at points, while the arch at the entrance looks significantly less substantial than it did – I have a feeling that this winter’s snow will be too much weight and it may collapse at some point. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
In any case, the cave was just as exhilarating as it was three months ago: the colors, the sound of the water echoing off the walls, the temperature, everything. I definitely noticed that upon exiting the cave, my heart rate was up and I had a bit of an adrenaline rush going! All in all, this was an awesome way to spend a sunny October Sunday.
Great music, great food, great beer, and great people. What more could you ask for!?
If you live in Juneau and have never been to the Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines, you’re missing out. Even if you go for just one day, you’ll get it. You’ll see understand why Juneau is so quiet the last weekend of every July – everybody is in Haines!
This year’s musical talent was amazing and of course, the weather helped. On Saturday, July 30, the busiest day of the fair, the clouds parted, the sun shined, and ev
Strange happenings at the Mendenhall Glacier! Apparently a lake in/on the glacier burst and released a lot of water into the lake and caused a lot of flooding. Read more here.
Enjoy the photos!