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!
I just returned from a short trip to Vancouver, WA, for the sole purpose of getting some snowboard time in at Mt. Hood Meadows.
One word: AWESOME.
This was definitely one of the better personal trips I’ve taken. In fact, I was having so much fun that I didn’t want to come home. Great people, great mountain, great food, great scenery… Couldn’t have asked for more. (Well, maybe a tiny bit of fresh powder would have been nice, but I’m not complaining.)
I did manage to get a 360 degree panorama from about 7,000 feet up Mt. Hood, but it needs a little bit of massaging before I can post it. Keep an eye out for it next week!
First Alaska post of the new year! I spent a beautiful afternoon at Eaglecrest watching brave skiers and snowboarders doing crazy things that would likely land me in the hospital… I’m content to snap a few photos. Of course, Pittman Ridge is an awesome place to see something you just can’t see from Juneau – the other side of Douglas Island. It’s amazing to be at a spot where you can see Admiralty Island and beyond on one side and the Mendenhall Valley on the other. Definitely reminds me why I love living here.
I was taking a walk at Sandy Beach during a bit of a cold snap and noticed some little straws of grass poking up through the snow here and there. I took a few photos of the different arrangements and continued on my way. It wasn’t until a few months later that I thought, “Hey, those photos I took would make a neat minimalist-type composition.”
So here it is, Snow + Grass presented as a triptych: