For many Alaskans, there seems to be just two seasons. There's "machine" season, when the easiest way to get around the back country is on snow machines. That seems to be when most of the heavy or oversize equipment gets moved into the back country.
The other season is "wheeler" season when quads become the tool to access mining claims and other back country locations.
I got invited to visit a claim, where most of the trail in was dry and dusty,
but some was still very wet and muddy.
We got the excavator moved onto the claim, but the ground is still frozen, making digging tough.
The most important thing was that we got the heater plumbed to the hot tub and operating with some help.
And watched caribou wander through
as well as a solitary fox.
They watched the sunset. It was well past my bedtime!