Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I hope you’re having a grand ole day.  In the time honored tradition, I am thankful for my travel this year.  All 10,000 miles of it so far.

Tent Sunset

{The Arctic}

Falling Sand

Here’s a cool except from my trip to Kobuk Valley National Park.  Yes, it’s been over 2 months since I’ve gotten back, but I still feel the need to share these things with you.

I you want to watch more of it, here’s the video where I included the longer clip.  And like always, here’s the link to my photos.

Katmai

Bears walking

We’re at the last of my National Park’s for the Alaska trip, Katmai.  Famous for it’s bears and Brooks Falls.  However, we didn’t go to Brooks Falls though, we spent the time in the backcountry of the park looking for bears up Funnel Creek.  Unfortunately it was late in the year for that particular salmon run, we’d have to come back in a few weeks for the next one to start.  We still saw 5 different bears, all pretty far away though.

Here, watch this 360 video of it!

Alaska Video

I don’t think I shared this video with y’all.  I think it’s pretty neat.  Yes it’s 5 minutes long, but there’s alot there.  And damnit, I spent more time than I should have getting the music to sync up with the video well.  So you’ll watch it, and you’ll like it, and you’ll comment on it and say awesome job, can’t wait to see your next one!

Lake Clark

Beautiful Sunset

The 5th National Park on my list from Alaska is Lake Clark.  Located around Port Alsworth, I stayed at The General Lodge for a week.  From there were went on an overnight kayak trip, an all day hike, and explored the small town.  It was fun, The General was really a great spot, everything was taken care of for you!

Beaver Pond Reflection

Kobuk Valley

Coming Home

The next park in the list from my Alaska trip is Kobuk Valley.  Also above the Arctic Circle, this park is incredible mostly because of the uniqueness of the Sand Dunes.  The nice thing about this park was being able to stay in the same camp for a few days in a row.  Not having to break down camp every day makes a huge difference!  It allowed me to get up early to see sunrise, which from the top of the dunes by camp was beautiful:

U Sunrise

Check out all the photos on the Kobuk Valley Collection.

Alaska in 360°

Remember the 360° camera I got earlier this summer.  Well, naturally I brought it with me to Alaska.  I took lots of 360° photos, and lots of video.  I even set it up to record a time-lapse of kayaking and hiking.  Unfortunately, Youtube highly compresses the 360 video.  Hopefully they’ll fix that little issue soon.

Alaskan Time-Lapse

You all should know that I’m a huge fan of time-lapses.  Well, on my trip to Alaska, I took quite a few of them, instead of making you watch each one individually, I put them all together in this short two minute video, and I included some sweet music to listen to it at the same time!  It’s also in 4k!!1

I only took time-lapses at 3 of the parks I’ve visited – Wrangell-St. Elias, Gates of the Arctic, and Kobuk Valley.  I wasn’t in the same spot for long enough at Kenai Fjords, Katmai we were walking and on the look out for bears, and in Lake Clark I had some camera trouble.  Regardless, I think the above is pretty dang good, what about you?

Gates of the Arctic National Park

River View

The park I was most excited to get to – Gates of the Arctic.  I spent 6 days on the Noatak River kayaking over 80 river miles with 11 awesome new friends.  It was some of the most fun I have ever had.  Instead of re-canting what I’ve spent countless nights putting together, I will point you towards the review page I made for the trip.  Honestly, that’s what I’ve been waiting for mostly, to put the finishing touches on that site.  Well, now it’s done.

Check it out!

Moving the Plane

Kenai Fjords

Our Colors
Grey and white were the predominant colors for the day. Some green, and blue mixed in when by glaciers or by treed hillside, but grey and white overall.

Another week, another batch of photos done.  Scratch off Kenai Fjords National Park from my list.

This was a short visit, I was only there for 3 days, don’t let that device you though, I had a blast Kayaking along Aialik Bay getting close (but not too close) to calving glaciers, beautiful blue icebergs, and harbor seals.  It was quite an experience.  Then I spent a day exploring Seward and all it had to offer – lots of sea food!

Aialik Glacier Far