Storm Approaching at Miles Canyon
Miles Canyon is a cool spot just south of the capital city of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. It has pretty cool geologic features and is a very narrow stretch of the Yukon River that has proved quite treacherous and deadly, especially during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s. On this particular day, we did not stick around the canyon for very long because we could see stormy weather on the horizon. We were able to escape the storm for a short amount of time, but it eventually caught up with us while we were driving and gave us a bit of Yukon hail.
Mount Minsi, from Mount Tammany
If you have ever driven through the Delaware Water Gap going from New Jersey to Pennsylvania on I-80, then you have likely seen Mt. Minsi and it’s big rocky cliffs. Mt. Minsi is on the Pennsylvania side of the Gap, and this photo was taken atop Mt. Tammany, which is on the New Jersey side. It was quite a climb to get up to this point, but it was well worth the panoramic views!
Pelly Mountains in Black and White
One of my favorite mountainous views in the Yukon. Gotta love the Pelly Mountains!
During our 5-day family trip to Glacier National Park more than 10 years ago, I saw some great sunrises. Each morning, I quietly crept out of the cabin in which we were staying, wandered down to the edge of Lake McDonald, and enjoyed a Montana morning in all its glory while sitting on the shore. On the last morning of our stay, I think I was able to convince most everyone to get up and see the sunrise for themselves. That is how I got this shot of my sister staring off into the distance as the sun popped out from behind the mountains.
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.
Overlook Mountain Fire Tower
The 60-foot fire tower on the summit of Overlook Mountain (3,140 feet above sea level) is located at the eastern edge of the Catskills and was active until 1988. There are fantastic views all around, including the rest of the Catskills to the west (the direction of this photo) and the Hudson River far below to the east. I enjoyed this snowy jaunt up Overlook Mountain to the fire tower a couple years ago, but it would be neat to see the same views when there is a bit less white and a lot more green.
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!!