Sunday, June 23, 2013

Alaska's Two Seasons

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!


  1. It appears you are having way too much fun. Enjoying all your posts.

    1. Glad you're enjoying the posts. I'm sure enjoying the trip!

  2. Okay I'll bite. What time was sunset in AK just after summer solstice?

    1. That picture was taken at 11:30 but it still hadn't set a couple hours later, based on another picture I saw. I know I'm asleep long before it sets!