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Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

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.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Maritt unloading our backpacks for a few days and nights in the backcountry.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Kaia jumping across a braided stream.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Lots of tracks were seen, luckily we only saw bears from the safety of the bus.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

As there are no trails in the Denali backcountry, bushwacking is a common activity.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Most of the flowers are dwarfed due to the harsh Alaska weather.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Our son Finn resting after the first day of hiking. Photo below by Maritt Wolfrom:
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Maritt and Finn enjoying glissading!
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

A mama bear and her cub. Day two in the Denali backcountry.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

We had to descend a loose slope. Maritt instructs the kids how to do so safely.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Two of the three states of h2o.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

A ptarmigan mid-molt.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Up, up, and up. Finn finishing the day’s hike in strong fashion.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

We enjoyed unbelievable views of the many high peaks near Denali.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

More dwarfed flowers.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Where’s Waldo? Photo below by Maritt Wolfrom:
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Finn descending into the next drainage.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

The fam.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

A quick lesson on the cycle of life.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

After Denali, we enjoyed a private flight over the Chugach Range.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

This image, like the opening image, is a detail of a glacier.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

We also took a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Kenai Fjords.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Kenai Fjords.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Morning light from Seward, Ak.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Seward, Ak.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

I’m an Andy Goldsworthy fan and mimic his work every chance I can.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

On our way down the Kenai peninsula, we stopped along the coast and found a group of bald eagles feasting.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

A typical scene in Homer, Ak. Homer is a gateway to amazing adventures.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

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!
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Where there is a will, there is a way!
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

We were in Alaska during the summer solstice. This image was captured at about 11:45pm.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

The Haystack Beach yurt. A family friendly place to enjoy.
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

Our last sunset in Alaska. We are smitten and hope to be back, often!
Photographs from a family adventure in Alaska.

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