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Alaska in June 2008

In June 2008, I had to fly to Alaska for a conference. In the days before and after my working time, I rented a car and drove far and wide sampling some of the beauty of the place; places visited include Seward, Anchorage, Wasilla, Whittier, and Girdwood. As it was very close to the solstice, there was no night - an evening looking sun was as dark as it got.

Alaska was a special place, and although I didn't find it quite as beautiful as Colorado, I still really enjoyed my time walking around the wilderness. On several occasions, I stumbled upon wild moose and was stared down, but thankfully never had any wild bear encounters (although one had been seen in the area, the very morning I walked around Eagle River).

A glacier as seen from the plane flying to Anchorage, Alaska.
A glacier as seen from the plane flying to Anchorage, Alaska.
Huge mountains were everywhere to be seen on the flight to Anchorage.
Huge mountains were everywhere to be seen on the flight to Anchorage.
A bird at a nature reserve off the Seward Highway on the way to Girdwood. At 1am.
A bird at a nature reserve off the Seward Highway on the way to Girdwood. At 1am.
Another view of the nature reserve on the way to Girdwood, Alaska.
Another view of the nature reserve on the way to Girdwood, Alaska.
A train at twilight in the Alaskan wilderness.
A train at twilight in the Alaskan wilderness.
Looking out over the train tracks and across the Cook inlet, Alaska.
Looking out over the train tracks and across the Cook inlet, Alaska.
A sleepy husky dog, relaxing on a sled. Near Girdwood, Alaska.
A sleepy husky dog, relaxing on a sled. Near Girdwood, Alaska.
Mountains, animals, and petrified trees in Alaska.
Mountains, animals, and petrified trees in Alaska.
A bald eagle, through bars. At the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
A bald eagle, through bars. At the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
Me near a lake off the Portage Glacier road, in Alaska.
Me near a lake off the Portage Glacier road, in Alaska.
Flowers blooming on a lovely woodland walk in Alaska.
Flowers blooming on a lovely woodland walk in Alaska.
Boats on Prince William Sound, in Whittier, Alaska.
Boats on Prince William Sound, in Whittier, Alaska.
A restaurant in front of steep hills, in Whittier, Alaska.
A restaurant in front of steep hills, in Whittier, Alaska.
A ferry on Prince William Sound (the Passage Canal, to be precise). Alaska.
A ferry on Prince William Sound (the Passage Canal, to be precise). Alaska.
A nourishing meal at the Hotel Alyeska, in Girdwood, Alaska.
A nourishing meal at the Hotel Alyeska, in Girdwood, Alaska.
The Hotel Alyeska, in Girdwood, Alaska.
The Hotel Alyeska, in Girdwood, Alaska.
People hang-gliding in the hills around Girdwood, Alaska.
People hang-gliding in the hills around Girdwood, Alaska.
A blue and yellow train moving through the Alaskan landscape.
A blue and yellow train moving through the Alaskan landscape.
Me, on my way down towards Seward, Alaska.
Me, on my way down towards Seward, Alaska.
Looking out at the mountains across a lilly strewn lake, near Seward, Alaska.
Looking out at the mountains across a lilly strewn lake, near Seward, Alaska.
And a closeup of a lilly (or simliar) just off the Seward Highway, Alaska
And a closeup of a lilly (or simliar) just off the Seward Highway, Alaska
Me out in the Alaskan Wilderness.
Me out in the Alaskan Wilderness.
Me again, standing near the Exit Glacier, Alaska.
Me again, standing near the Exit Glacier, Alaska.
Rocks, snow and ice at the Exit Glacier near Seward, Alaska.
Rocks, snow and ice at the Exit Glacier near Seward, Alaska.
And now a parking lot in downtown Anchorage, Alaska.
And now a parking lot in downtown Anchorage, Alaska.
Near a calving glacier on Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Near a calving glacier on Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Me holding some glacial ice that had just calved, on Prince William Sound, Alaska
Me holding some glacial ice that had just calved, on Prince William Sound, Alaska
Mountains and blue sky. At Eagle River, north of Anchorage, Alaska.
Mountains and blue sky. At Eagle River, north of Anchorage, Alaska.
The grass just blurred into green abstract. Alaska.
The grass just blurred into green abstract. Alaska.
A very dry lakebed at Eklutna Lake, Alaska.
A very dry lakebed at Eklutna Lake, Alaska.
Me standing beside Eklutna Lake, Alaska. There was no one else to be seen.
Me standing beside Eklutna Lake, Alaska. There was no one else to be seen.
My "retro" TV at the wonderful Garden Gate B&B, in Wasilla, Alaska.
My "retro" TV at the wonderful Garden Gate B&B, in Wasilla, Alaska.
And then I made the long drive to Denali, Alaska. The sun burst through the trees.
And then I made the long drive to Denali, Alaska. The sun burst through the trees.
The Denali National Park, in Alaska.
The Denali National Park, in Alaska.
A slightly unwell looking tree in Denali, Alaska.
A slightly unwell looking tree in Denali, Alaska.
I encountered this moose and her calf and nearly got charged! In Denali, Alaska.
I encountered this moose and her calf and nearly got charged! In Denali, Alaska.
Me in Denali National Park, Alaska. Sporting an appropriate top.
Me in Denali National Park, Alaska. Sporting an appropriate top.
A plane coming in to land in the Alaskan Wilderness.
A plane coming in to land in the Alaskan Wilderness.
The drive back towards Wasilla from Denali, Alaska. Huge mountains.
The drive back towards Wasilla from Denali, Alaska. Huge mountains.
Me wearing a t-shirt while standing on the Knik Glacier, Alaska.
Me wearing a t-shirt while standing on the Knik Glacier, Alaska.
A cloud hitting a mountain, on the drive back to Anchorage, Alaska.
A cloud hitting a mountain, on the drive back to Anchorage, Alaska.
Flying out of Anchorage towards Chicago. One last look at the Alaskan beauty.
Flying out of Anchorage towards Chicago. One last look at the Alaskan beauty.
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