Saturday, February 19th, 2011
Mendenhall River Winter Scene

Ice and hoarfrost cling to a small rock sticking out of a side channel of the Mendenhall River. The visible hand of winter adds an element of mystery to this winter scene. We have had a little taste of winter here and there so far, but we have been patiently waiting for heavy snow storm. It looks like this weekend it will happen. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning with up to 8-12 inches (and even more at higher elevations) of fresh snow by Sunday morning!

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
Yukon River Break-up

Huge sheets of ice are drifting down the mighty Yukon River during breakup. Breakup is recognized as an Alaska mini-season when river and sea ice breaks apart as temperatures warm and water levels rise. A few years ago, I left Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in my solo canoe right after breakup and paddled for 75 days the 2,000 miles to the mouth of the Yukon. I eventually ended my journey in the Yukon Delta community of Pitkas Point, just 70 miles short of the Bering Sea.

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