Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Last Weekend of Summer

We spent the last weekend of summer 2010 in neighboring Chugach State Park. The forecasted high winds appeared as we were about a mile from our destination for the first night. We were scoured by 40 mph winds and intense rain. While attempting to set up the tent we were lucky not to have it blown away, because several times it was squashed flat in the wind gusts. Nicki, myself, Rocket and Valley stayed in the tent. Jago decided she didn't want a part of it. Talk about tough as nails! This is the same dog crying murder because she was "stranded" on a rock in our last blog post LOL. Everytime the tent was blown flat Valley gave me this "Help Me" look. I petted and held her, letting her endure the storm sleeping between Nicki and myself.

We woke up in a cloudy drizzle with no wind. I had forgotten the cook kit so we couldn't heat up any water, meaning no breakfast, coffee or tea. That was enough for Nicki, so all of headed back to the trailhead and she stayed home. I picked up the cook kit and returned with Rocket to resume camping.

The second night we were afforded a beautiful sunset.

The dawn's light showed early fall colors down valley from our campsite, with the promise for some sun for the day.

The calm shown in the reflection of the lake we camped next to.

Before tackling the return trip for the 3rd day in a row we tried a day hike up to another pass.

Where he decided to go for a swim.

Then made a loop around the granite to dry off in the sun.

Returning to camp to pickup the backpack and start home, we encountered yet another group of Dall Sheep.

(Can you spot them on the knoll to the right of Rocket's head?

Tired boy, needs a nap at the rest break on the walk home.

and one more final shot before we drop down to the trailhead.

The weather doesn't always cooperate for our outdoor adventures, but this weekend we snuck in enough sun to dry off the camera and keep up the good spirits. Bring on the fall colors and some snow!

(you can always click on any picture to enlarge it)


Blogger georgia little pea said...

have been wandering through some of your old posts. they make us a little sad for mr thumper, who's never even seen snow. it's lovely to see how malamuteys should live. and it's definitely not in suburban australia.

9/11/2010 12:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Bob!
Greetings from Ontario.

Rocket is really looking super!
The sunset pic is absolutely stunning!

Let there be snow!

-- Trish

9/21/2010 06:47:00 AM  

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