With a shake of a champagne bottle and a cork that went flying off into the snow, we were able to toast to the New Year with good friends last night/this morning. I’m sure 2013 will be an eventful year, so best wishes for a good one!
Taking in the View Above Butte Creek
Butte Creek…that’s Butte with an ‘e’ at the end…is a small mountain tributary that feeds into the larger Wheaton River in the southern Yukon Territory. Ken and I trekked along a snowmobile trail that paralleled the creek on a higher ledge, collecting snowpit data for my graduate research while continuously climbing toward the headwaters of the creek. After finishing our last snowpit and before turning around for the hike back, we dropped our gear and climbed up the mountainside quite a bit. The view of this little valley surrounded by snow-covered peaks was just outstanding.
Ken Grows a Beard!
Today is my buddy Ken’s 30th birthday, and to celebrate, I thought I would share a photo of Ken in the Yukon with one of the best beards he has probably ever had! Plus, it is a bit Santa-like…or maybe more like Santa after a bad morning shave…
Anyway, Ken always knows how to bring a good laugh, and I hope he has a great birthday today. Happy 30th!!
November Moon-lit Bonfire
There’s nothing like sitting around a blazing bonfire on a chilly November evening with friends, especially with starry skies and a bright moon overhead. Well, there were clear skies before the clouds rolled in on this particular night, but we didn’t mind at all.
Ken & Laura Advertising Spot
Is this an ad for Nikon cameras? Lowepro camera bags? Maybe some designer sunglasses?
Nah, just Ken and Laura being themselves up at High Point monument in High Point State Park. It was a bright and clear New Year’s Day this past January when we joined them and other great friends on a great hike to the monument.
First Summit Above Fish Lake
Fish Lake was a really cool location in the southern Yukon Territory that I was able to check out on a couple different trips. On this particular trip, Ken and I parked at the end of the frozen lake (around Ken’s foot in the photo above), hiked up to this first false summit, and then continued up to a higher summit with even more outstanding views of mountains everywhere we looked. Along the way, we did some snowpits and snow depth measurements, slid down a mountain, and also made sure to snap some photos of the snowy scenery. We also snapped some photos of each other taking photos…like the photo above!
Best Seats in the House
A light morning snowfall, mountaintops that appear to disappear in low cloud cover, a river rushing through growing gaps in the ice, a couple of strategically placed Adirondack chairs, some warm clothing, a cup of hot coffee, and a friend to share in the experience. That basically sums up this scene that Ken and I enjoyed one chilly, snowy morning in the Yukon. And these really were the best seats imaginable to fully take in all the beauty around us.
Ken took this photo by finding a spot for his camera, hitting the shutter with a timed delay, and dashing to jump back into his chair. I’d say it captured the feeling of the Yukon pretty well!