It was a bit cloudy in the valleys,
but to the west it was clearing up and we got some great views.
|Mt Susitna (The Sleeping Lady) with the Alaska Range in the background.|
|Me with Denali (Mt. McKinley) waaaay in the background.|
|Ethan and our friend Robin standing on the peak of Mt. Gordon Lyon.|
I also got a chance to see something kind of cool -- a glory, which is the phenomenon when the shadow of something below you has a rainbow or a halo of light around it. I've seen this from the plane before, but never from the viewpoint of an observer on the ground. I think this may also be an example of the Brocken spectre, another cool and unusual phenomenon.
|No, I'm not the chosen one, but I will accept your gifts anyway.|
Remember how in my last post I was talking about signs of fall? The further up in elevation you go, the more apparent they are. Here the fireweed is already turning colors. I think fall is already here.
|The red plants are the turning fireweed.|
I don't know how long it will be before we get termination dust...and then more and more snow until we can't really reach these peaks. But we'll keep hiking until we do.