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By rumbleinthearctic 2014.04.19 in Adventures

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Blood Moon

By rumbleinthearctic 2014.04.17 in Cabinlife

The other day people in western North America were lucky to see the Lunar Eclipse, well people in eastern North America too, and northern Europe too of course. The western side had the privileges to have this happening in the evening/late night. I was up waiting for it and took a couple of cool pictures of it.

It started around 9pm or so, and continued till almost 3 in the morning here in Alaska. I took a pretty picture of the moon behind some branches, plying around a bit before actually focusing on the eclipse.

Moon1

Then the moon slowly started to “disappear”

Moon2

Moon3

Moon4

Moon5

And then it was time to focus on what was “left” which was pretty hard…considering how dark it was outside at this point. But I think I managed to get some nice pictures of this:

Moon7

Moon6

And then, the “Blood Moon” as it is called. Pretty spectacular if you ask me.

Blood Moon

After that I went to bed. There will be 3 more opportunities the coming year. So if you missed it this time, you still have a chance. If you miss it any of the coming opportunities I think you have to wait until 2032 or something like that.

Into the Wild – or into Hell?

By rumbleinthearctic 2014.04.03 in Adventures

I know a lot of people who do end up going to Alaska are so very inspired by the movie “Into the Wild”. The movie where you follow Chris MacCandless into his tragic death. Starvation. Every year lots of people are traveling to Alaska, with several goals of course, and one of them is to get to that bus. That bus where Chris MacCandless starved to death and later was found dead, about twenty something years ago. Why? Well I don’t really understand why. With the size of Alaska and the beauty of the state you would think you would want to go somewhere else. Every now and then one or two people drown in the Teklanika river trying to get to that bus. Just to get to THAT bus. I think it’s sad. Here is an article that talks about the “Into the Wild” phenomenon. If you are thinking about hiking to this bus I seriously encourage you to read it.

The Cris MacCandless Obsession Problem

Some other articles talking about Chris MacCandless:

How Chris MacCandless Died

Kris Krakauer goes further “Into the Wild”

If you want to see the bus from the movie however, an old city bus from Fairbanks, it is now outside the 49th state brewery outside Healy, just north of Denali.

And for you who really want to go to Alaska, here are some awesome easy places to go:

Deltas

  • If you want to be on the water you can continue on Richardson Highway until it meets Denali highway and then drive towards upper and lower Tangle Lakes. Also in the middle of nowhere. Upper Tangle Lakes is basically a set of lakes where there is a lot of portage involved.

Upper Tangle Lakes

  • You can also do Lower Tangle lakes and Delta river, but it requires a lot more river experience. It has a short stretch of Class II-III rapids, and some Class II rapids. But it is absolutely beautiful.

Upper Delta River

  • Talkeetna, practically the town where all climbers fly in and out from to conquer Denali. Some succeed, others don’t. But the town itself is really interesting. And if you get tired of all tourists you can go on your own little hike, somewhere off the road, or just sit by the river.

Talkeetna

  • Denali highway is kind of like Denali, but without all tourist buses. You can park your car almost anywhere and get out, into the wild. There are campsites along the way.

Denali Highway

 

A few recommendations. But hey, Alaska is so big, it would take forever to write about everything you could do. Easier to write about what you shouldn’t do, that is visit the bus where Chris MacCandless starved to death.

As with everything, you shouldn’t get out into the wild unless you are prepared. If you decide to hike in the backcountry, chances are pretty big that you will run into a bear at some point, or a moose. Wolves, a lot more rare. I saw a wolverine once, that is really really rare. Just know what to do before you get out, and practice scenarios about what you would do, when that bear encounter happens. Whatever you do, don’t run.

Pre-Spring in Denali

By rumbleinthearctic 2014.03.28 in Adventures

A couple of weekends ago me and a friend decided to take a daytrip to Denali. I feel lucky that we can just decide that, just like that. Hey, let’s go to Denali.

The drive down was beautiful as always, and it was sunny and clear.

Mighty Nenana

Part of the way you drive by mighty Nenana. Last year me and W drove down to Talkeetna early spring and the Nenana was raging. To the point it made me feel uncomfortable just sitting in the car driving by, that river can be scary. In the early spring you can usually cross the Nenana, but it does make me uncomfortable. There is an ice fall on the other side of the river called Johnny Cash falls, just because the train track comes around the bend on the other side, right across from the fall. I went ice climbing there a couple of years ago. But now, I rarely go ice climbing. Kind of sad, but I have had a couple of really, really cold ice adventures and gotten to realize that I actually rather be warm….than freezing.

Driving

While it was sunny it was still a little bit chilly. Around freezing I would say, or just slightly below. But the sun is so strong, and it is a fantastic heat source. During the evenings now it is below freezing (by quite a bit) but during the days the temperatures get up to around 40F. Spring is definitely approaching fast and we gain around 6.40 minutes every single day. Yes, EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Denali

Denali has started with a program that allows you to drive into mile 12.5 in the wintertime. There wasn’t that much snow so we decided to go for a short hike instead of skiing.
hiking

Hiking

You didn’t have to hike that far to start seeing some views. And since the weather was pretty clear you could clearly see the beautiful mountains
Mountains

And of course, mighty Denali.
Mighty Denali

After that hike we drove back home again, leaving Denali for this time. But we probably go back there soon again.
The road is long

I am lucky! Maybe I should say that I am spoiled. Definitely isn’t always easy living here, but the nature is breathtaking, every single day.
The mountains

Later that night the Aurora was out, yet again. This season has been great for aurora viewing.
Aurora

And another wonderful weekend passed. We shall see what adventures happens this weekend.

Ann

I am a:
Photographer
Nature Lover,
Student
Traveler
Hiker
Adventurer

I currently live in Fairbanks, Alaska, and have lived here since August 2009. In this blog I will share my photographs from my life here, and of course stories about life in general in Alaska. So if you are as enthusiastic about an active outdoor life and love nature and photography as much as I do, you will probably like it.

Here you can follow me and my adventures, enjoy.

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