i hope i don't lose all of this. i saved pictures while i slept and have all these error messages on the page. computers can be so annoying to me, but i do enjoy the convience. the blog is a great way to share pictures. kelly and i were able to stop along the way and take advantage of many of the trails along the road. if you've never traveled by road in alaska you must and do take a copy of "the milepost" with you. it's the alaskan road bible. the guide will tell you mile by mile what you will be seeing. it was originally made as a guide for driving the alaskan highway from the lower 48 up, it now includes all the major roads of alaska.
the above picture is me, rio and blossom on a hike we took after stopping on the side of the road to eat lunch....it was probably 3-4 pm when we stopped. days are long and you lose track of time.
the scenery is spectacular. i don't think my pictures do it justice at all. the scenery is grand and goes on forever seemingly. there are huge glaciers carving out the mountain valleys seen in the distance. i have my new camera and i need to learn more of how to alter the settings to get better contrast on my landscape pictures. i'm learning. lots more to learn though. it's not as simple as click and shoot on my new slr...well it is, but it has many more options and i want to improve my ability to share what is up here in this beautiful place.
had to get a picture of one of the few mile markers left over from the 50's when the highway was created. the markers note the mileage from paxson headed into cantwell and the national park. the book tells you what mile you are on going either direction and what you will find there. gps would probably be helpful as the markers are few.
rio, the brindle dog is quite neurotic. she is obsessed with me, gets anxious in the car and panics whenever i leave the car. so everytime you stop to get out and take a photo she can freak. she tends to jump into your seat and before you can return to the car you have to open the back window and trick her out of the front seat. we then run to the front before she can get there and jump in. we got pretty good at it by the end. she just looks so pathetic here.
this bridge goes over the susitna river. the river comes down from the susitna glacier in the alaska range . the alaska range was seen through much of this journey. the river flows over 250 miles to the cook inlet, down near anchorage.