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Hike up Nome Creek

Ridges and tors over red and yellow valleys to the east of Nome Creek I took a little 12 mile ridge hike at Nome Creek in the White Mountains in early September of 2015. I...

Aurora Borealis – September 11, 2015
Aurora Borealis – September 11, 2015

The first impressive aurora borealis display I witnessed this season was shortly after midnight on September 11. It broke up fairly quickly, becoming diffuse, but it was brilliant for about 10 minutes. There were some...

View from Polychrome Overlook. Denali National Park
Summer – Denali National Park

I don't get to Denali National Park as often as I should, especially since I live only 2 hours away. Friend or family visits are an awesome excuse to hit the park, since it is,...

Castner Glacier in the Alaska Range
Castner Glacier for the 4th of July

I spent the 4th of July weekend hiking in solitude on the Castner Glacier in the Alaska Range. Looking up Castner Creek in the Delta Range I walked up the south side of Castner Creek...

Rainbow Mountain - Alaska Range
Day at Rainbow Ridge

I can definitely say now that Rainbow Ridge is as steep as it looks from the road below. I drove down on Saturday, June 6 with the hope of hiking to the top of Rainbow...

Two nights on the Tors trail
Two nights on the Tors trail

Ghostly aurora from the Granite Tors Trail | Purchase Print I'm awakened in the night by a shiver. I have somehow found my way deep in my sleeping bag, sticking my nose toward the tiny...

Photo of the Week – “Northern Lights Spiral”
Photo of the Week – “Northern Lights Spiral”

 Northern Lights Spiral" -- Photo of the week ending February 7, 2015 The northern lights in a spiral, from the display on February 1st, 2015. You can read about and see more photos from that...

Gorgeous golden light on the tors and surrounding hills at Angel Rocks
Winter at Angel Rocks

I wanted to share some photos from a dayhike Jenn and I took this winter at Angel Rocks. I've hiked Angel Rocks in early spring, summer, and fall, and walked out one dark night to...

Photo of the Week — “4 Trees in the Light”
Photo of the Week — “4 Trees in the Light”

4 Trees in the Light" - Photo of the week ending January 31, 2015 The light was excellent in the early afternoon as the sun hung right over the hills behind us. We were walking...

Sunrise over the Tanana - Along the Richardson Highway north of Delta Junction. We were on our way from Fairbanks to the Delta Mountains - Eastern Alaska Range.
Castner Creek to Castner Glacier

Looking for a hiking guide to the Castner Glacier? I don’t usually start venturing into the Alaska Range until March. The temperature becomes a bit warmer, the snow is deeper and more supportive, and we...

Northern Lights – February 1st, 2015
Northern Lights – February 1st, 2015

Jenn and I managed to do a bit of aurora watching in mild(er) temperatures early in the morning on February 1st. I had been keeping my eye on the real-time aurora cameras, and the northern...

-40 degrees in front of the UAF sign
Cold, Ester Dome, Chena Lake, and Tors

One of my best friends, Jenn from New Hampshire just made her second visit to Fairbanks, this time braving the bitter winter temps in hopes of seeing the aurora. After I picked her up at...

Photo of the Week — “Spruce Ballroom”
Photo of the Week — “Spruce Ballroom”

“Spruce Ballroom” — photo of the week ending January 24, 2015 | Purchase Print Snow-clad spruce trees at sunrise. Sunrises have to be one of my favorite things about Fairbanks, next to the aurora, and...

Boreal Winter – Black and White, Day and Night
Boreal Winter – Black and White, Day and Night

Welcome to the Alaska interior, and welcome to the boreal forest. This is a unique biome. Coniferous trees dominate the landscape, yet stands of birch and aspen remain plentiful in many places. The leafy trees...

Photo of the week — “2 PM”
Photo of the week — “2 PM”

Fairbanks winter sun at 2 pm

Photo of the week — “Northern Lights”
Photo of the week — “Northern Lights”

“Northern Lights” — photo of the week ending January 10, 2015 | Purchase Print After about 20 minutes of bright aurora bands filling the sky, it seemed like the display was fading, the brightest bands...

The week when the northern lights wouldn’t quit
The week when the northern lights wouldn’t quit

Aurora Blog Purchase Print Where do I even begin? I mean, the title kind of says it all. As I sit here writing, I am purely exhausted. I was driving to the post office this...

Aurora borealis and a full moon
Aurora borealis and a full moon

Sitting at the computer last night, I had given up any hope that we'd have any good aurora this weekend, so I started writing a trip plan for 2015. I flipped to my tab with...