Because my wife is a school teacher, she and I try to get out on a family adventure just after school gets out in early June. Hitting the road after the final school bell rings allows her an immediate reprieve from time spent teaching high school students and, typically, my wedding photography business is still slow (it ramps up in late June/early July). In June of 2013, we traded in our Delta Skymiles and flew up to Alaska for a three week adventure with our two kids. Our itinerary included backpacking in Denali National Park, day trips around Anchorage and the Turnagain Arm, as well as time spent across the spit from Homer in the Haystack Beach yurt. We were treated to unbelievable weather and anytime we were in the backcountry, we felt like we were in an episode of a nature show!
Photo: During the bus ride in Denali National Park while en route to our backpacking drop off spot (Polychrome Basin) we drove by a few Dall sheep.
Maritt unloading our backpacks for a few days and nights in the backcountry.
Kaia jumping across a braided stream.
Lots of tracks were seen, luckily we only saw bears from the safety of the bus.
As there are no trails in the Denali backcountry, bushwacking is a common activity.
Most of the flowers are dwarfed due to the harsh Alaska weather.
Our son Finn resting after the first day of hiking. Photo below by Maritt Wolfrom:
Maritt and Finn enjoying glissading!
A mama bear and her cub. Day two in the Denali backcountry.
We had to descend a loose slope. Maritt instructs the kids how to do so safely.
Two of the three states of h2o.
A ptarmigan mid-molt.
Up, up, and up. Finn finishing the day’s hike in strong fashion.
We enjoyed unbelievable views of the many high peaks near Denali.
More dwarfed flowers.
Where’s Waldo? Photo below by Maritt Wolfrom:
Finn descending into the next drainage.
A quick lesson on the cycle of life.
After Denali, we enjoyed a private flight over the Chugach Range.
This image, like the opening image, is a detail of a glacier.
We also took a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park.
Morning light from Seward, Ak.
I’m an Andy Goldsworthy fan and mimic his work every chance I can.
On our way down the Kenai peninsula, we stopped along the coast and found a group of bald eagles feasting.
A typical scene in Homer, Ak. Homer is a gateway to amazing adventures.
We were ferried to the Haystack Beach Yurt and stayed two nights. The snags along the beach were crazy fun to climb. Maritt took this image and sold it to Patagonia who printed it and hung it in their Vail, Colorado, store!
Where there is a will, there is a way!
We were in Alaska during the summer solstice. This image was captured at about 11:45pm.
The Haystack Beach yurt. A family friendly place to enjoy.
Our last sunset in Alaska. We are smitten and hope to be back, often!