Photo Update

20130820-110717.jpg Austin and me before Bill takes us to our remote camping spot.

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Lovely flowers were all over the mountain meadows.

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This is how Austin looks when he's really happy and peaceful.

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You can see Austin to the far left of this panorama.  This was the view we had once we'd climbed a bit up the rock glacier above our camp.

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Parka Peak through the binoculars.

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Once I was tired of climbing on the scree, Austin kept going to check out this arch.

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The next day, we hiked to get a good look at Hidden Lake.  It's seen here: the water drained out under the glacier in late June.  Now, it's made up of beached icebergs.

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Downtown McCarthy on a beautiful sunny day.  We've had many such days this summer--locals say it's been the only summer like this in 70 years.  Usually it's more overcast and cool.

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View of the backside of our cabin behind fireweed.  Fireweed, from my understanding, is the first plant to grow after a forest fire.  It begins to bloom from the bottom of the flower stalk in early summer, and as the summer progresses the blooms migrate up the stem.  Once the top is blooming, as in this photo, you know summer is coming to a close.  The spent flowers deepen in color and the leaves change to a deep red as autumn begins.

Here's our cabin from the front.  If you look closely, you can see leaves beginning to change to a nice yellow.  Compare this to the photo I posted in the "Laundry Day" post.  When we first arrived, the trees had just begun to leaf out.  Now, we're nearing the end of the lifespan of this foliage--neat to be able to see it all in a short amount of time.  Folks, who are more night animals than we, say that around 2 am you can see the Northern Lights.  One of these clear eves, we'll stay up to see them.

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