Hiking to the edge of wilderness

On a recent hike in South Fork (Eagle River) I apparently wasn’t paying attention and walked right up on a bull moose that was standing about 40 yards away. I immediately began a wide detour and started talking to the animal as I routed around it. And when it appeared he wasn’t concerned by my presence, I quickly snapped a few photos, using a bit of telephoto. I then moved on.

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Pre-winter season is good for hiking

The sun shone brightly through a thin layer of high clouds October 14 of this year as I slowly plodded up Twin Peaks Trail above Eklutna Lake. It was early afternoon, and the difference between sunny and shady areas was notable. In the warm sunny spots, an early morning frost was melting off the trail, leaving a thin layer of mud. In the shade, the trail was frozen solid.

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