Category: From Alaska to Florida

AKtoFL: Tetlin NWR (01 June 2011)

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0699 of 7221). As Day 02 began to run long, I found myself entering into the Tetline National Wildlife Refuge, a…

AKtoFL: Alaska Highway (01 June 2011)

The Alaska Highway Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0540 of 7221). Continuing onward, I felt the need to pause momentarily on this lonely stretch of the Alaska Highway. It’s hard…

AKtoFL: Robertson River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Robertson River Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0583 of 7221). Another wider-angled shot of the Robertson River. Overcast and dreary weather makes for interestingly dynamic light plays with a little filtering. 

AKtoFL: Robertson River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Robertson River Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0583 of 7221). Blocks of surface ice float upon the silty, cool waters of the Robertson River. When the temperatures rise, water gets its…

AKtoFL: Robertson River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Robertson River Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0583 of 7221). A wider angle shot of Robertson River’s silty, muddy waters partially corralled by top-surface ice sheets persisting well into the Alaskan…

AKtoFL: Robertson River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Robertson River Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0583 of 7221). Frozen blue on silty brown… A fairly typical river texture in the midst of the short and fleeting central Alaskan summer.

AKtoFL: Alaska Highway at Delta Junction (01 June 2011)

Alaska Highway terminus at Delta Junction Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0509 of 7221). At Delta Junction, Alaska, I finally began the long drive on the fabled and fantastical Alaska Highway,…

AKtoFL: Delta Junction, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Alaska Highway terminus at Delta Junction Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0509 of 7221). A small cabin somewhat on display for sojourners of the Alaska Highway starting at Delta Junction, Alaska….

AKtoFL: Tanana River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

The Tanana River Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0487 of 7221). A shot of the silty, slaty shoreline of the Tanana River in central Alaska. The rivers in this part of…

AKtoFL: Tanana River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

The Tanana River Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0487 of 7221). A wide-angle shot of the Tanana River in central Alaska. Note how creamy the silty water is. In many ways,…

AKtoFL: North Pole, Alaska (01 June 2011)

The Santa Claus House at North Pole, Alaska Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0426 of 7221). Wall art on the side of the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska. Honestly,…

AKtoFL: North Pole, Alaska (01 June 2011)

The Santa Claus House at North Pole, Alaska Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0426 of 7221). Morning of Day 2 brought me to the Santa Claus House in North Pole,…

AKtoFL: Chena Lake, Alaska (11:54pm, 31 May 2011)

Chena Lake Recreational Area Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0416 of 7221). Alas, Day 1 comes to a close. This shot was taken at 11:54 pm, just six minutes shy…

AKtoFL: Lithobates sylvaticus in Alaska (31 May 2011)

Lithobates sylvaticus, the Wood frog Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0416 of 7221). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. I was undoubtedly excited to find a few Wood frogs,…

AKtoFL: Chena Lake, Alaska (11:49pm, 31 May 2011)

Chena Lake Recreational Area, 11:49pm Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0416 of 7221). I eventually wandered my way to Chena Lake Recreational Area to camp my first night not too…

AKtoFL: Parks Highway, Alaska (9:31pm, 31 May 2011)

The Parks Highway, 9:31 pm Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0373 of 7221). My first day of the transcontinental roadtrip from Alaska to Florida began to wrap up as I made…

AKtoFL: Nenana River, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Nenana River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0273 of 7221). A wider angle of the Nenana River weaving is way throughout central Alaska. In summer, these rivers are obviously more active…

AKtoFL: Nenana River, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Nenana River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0273 of 7221). The Parks Highway reaching across the Nenana River in central Alaska. Old and new bridges alike are truly something to behold throughout the weathered…

AKtoFL: Nenana River, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Nenana River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0273 of 7221). A fun, little ravine of sorts adjacent to the Nenana River and the Parks Highway in central Alaska. Residual snow persists…

AKtoFL: Parks Highway, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Parks Highway Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0260 of 7221). Leaving Denali National Park, I return to my northward trek towards Fairbanks along the Parks Highway — a stretch of weathered…

AKtoFL: Denali Rocks in Alaska (31 May 2011)

Rocky outcrop along the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). One final, parting shot of the magnificent rocks of Denali National Park before we resume our trip…

AKtoFL: Urocitellus parryii in Alaska (31 May 2011)

Urocitellus parryii, the Arctic ground squirrel Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Though I’ve got plenty more such photos sitting in my archive,…

AKtoFL: Larus canus in Alaska (31 May 2011)

Larus canus, the Mew gull (presumably) Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. From what I saw (and from what was able to identify…

AKtoFL: Perhaps Arctia plantaginis in Alaska (31 May 2011)

Arctia plantaginis, the Wood tiger Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Learn more about Arctic plantaginis at iNaturalist.org. I’m not 100% sure with the identification, but I believe this is a…

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). An excellent outcrop of sorts at Denali National Park. As much as I love Florida, I must admit the rocks…

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). A lovely spill of rocks along a steep slope adjacent to the Savage River Trail in Denali National Park. How…

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). An excellent outcrop of rock along the Savage River Trail in Denali National Park. In many ways, the rock…

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). A higher perspective of the Savage River Trail winding along and across its namesake. Note the exposed rock formations and…

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Check out the trail running to the right of the water flow. Just bumpy enough to keep your focus somewhat grounded on…

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). A low(ish) ridge rising over the edge of the Savage River Trail. So much cool and texture in this area. 

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Quite the color play between the rock and the surrounding foliage. 

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Starting off on the Savage River Trail in Denali National Park. A fantastic medley of dry, jagged rock and thin, stiff plant…

AKtoFL: Urocitellus parryii, 31 May 2011

Urocitellus parryii, the Arctic ground squirrel Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). The Arctic ground squirrel at times felt like a Lower 48 squirrel and prairie dog had some sort…

AKtoFL: Urocitellus parryii, 31 May 2011

Urocitellus parryii, the Arctic ground squirrel Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). An adorable and fairly common rodent throughout much of Alaska, especially in rocky, modestly-elevated areas, the Arctic ground…

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Rugged terrain at Denali National Park. Unlike southcentral Alaska, where I lived from 2007 through 2011, the Denali region has more of…

AKtoFL: The Savage River, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Savage River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). A view of Savage River in Denali National Park, one of the more accessible parts of the park by automobile. A fantastic…

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 253 of 7221). Another pseudo “Old West” visage from Denali National Park. Rocky outcrops and lines dotting and slicing through open scrub ground. It’s a shame rattlesnakes…

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0250 of 7221). At Denali, I was struck by the general eco-ambiance. Honestly, it felt more like the “Old West” than southcentral Alaska. I half-expected…

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0250 of 7221). Another view (southward, if I remembe correctly) showing a bit more vertical drama at Denali National Park. 

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0250 of 7221). Looking northwest from Denali Park Road, this is a fair representation of this portion of Denali National Park. Vast, wide open…

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0250 of 7221). The vast majority of Denali National Park is closed to vehicles, as you might imagine. Even Denali Park Road, the main paved…

AKtoFL: Entering Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0247 of 7221). Still drifting through my first day of my sojourn, I most certainly had to stop at Denali National Park for a few…

AKtoFL: Alces alces, 31 May 2011

Alces alces, the Moose Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0245 of 7221). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Though not remarkable having just lived in Anchorage for four years, I was…

AKtoFL: Alongside the Parks Highway, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Alongside the Parks Highway Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0219 of 7221). I remember thinking of the seeming-fragility of utility lines in the rocky climes of Alaska. What a tough place to scratch…

AKtoFL: The Chulitna River in Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Chulitna River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0219 of 7221). Creeping closer and closer to Denali National Park, here’s another view of the Chulitna River. What a fantastic backdrop, right? 

AKtoFL: The Igloo Lodge in Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Igloo Lodge & Gas Station Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0190 of 7221). As you trudge north along the Parks Highway from Wasilla to Fairbanks, you’ll eventually pass a funky little building…

AKtoFL: Hurricane Gulch, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Hurricane Gulch Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0175 of 7221). A view of Hurricane Creek from atop one of the two Hurricane Gulch bridges. Residual snow in Alaskan ravines persists deeper into…

AKtoFL: Hurricane Gulch, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Hurricane Gulch Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0175 of 7221). Hurricane Creek is a tributary of the Chulitna River and a deeply-carved facet of Hurricane Gulch. As you head north toward Denali,…

AKtoFL: Lupinus arcticus (31 May 2011)

Lupinus arcticus, the Arctic lupine Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0163 of 7221). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. My oh my, how I loved lupine. A tremendously gorgeous plant quite…

AKtoFL: Denali State Park, North (31 May 2011)

Denali State Park North Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0163 of 7221). A zoomed shot of the Alaska range hovering over and blocking the low horizon to the west. Note the sandy drop…