A GUY AND HIS DOG: BACK TO WHERE WE STARTED

Well folks, this is the last blog for my Alaska/ Yukon trip.  Here goes...

Waking up at the Salmon Glacier lookout I went through the usual morning motions, packed up, put the truck in gear and pulled away.  I had been told that there was a lot of derelict mine activity further down the road from the glacier, and since I was there, decided to see what I could see.  I'm quite glad I went the extra distance.  Slowly, ever so slowly the sun began to crawl over the mountains bringing light to the valley before me.  The visual extravaganza that I witnessed beyond the Salmon glacier is an experience I will never forget.  Not far from the glacier look out you'll begin to see evidence of a past mining presence.  

 My morning routine, stare at the pretty sights.

My morning routine, stare at the pretty sights.

 Willow's morning routine, cover herself in the pretty sights.

Willow's morning routine, cover herself in the pretty sights.

 Fingers of light.

Fingers of light.

 There s a large power line going in to run a mining operation further into the mountains.  

There s a large power line going in to run a mining operation further into the mountains.  

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 This tunnel used to go through which would allow mining traffic to pass through during the winter because the road ran through an avalanche path.

This tunnel used to go through which would allow mining traffic to pass through during the winter because the road ran through an avalanche path.

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 Mountains...mountains everywhere!

Mountains...mountains everywhere!

I traveled all the way to end of the road where there's an old airstrip and a few more glaciers.  While traveling there I had the opportunity to explore a large derelict mine facility.  I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the old industrial areas and imagining what they looked like when still operational.  

 VIP parking at the mine tours.

VIP parking at the mine tours.

 Can you imagine how big this facility would have been before it was dismantled?!

Can you imagine how big this facility would have been before it was dismantled?!

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 Willow, my fellow adventurer, taking in the sights.

Willow, my fellow adventurer, taking in the sights.

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 The end of the road.  This is the last glacier you can reach via vehicle.

The end of the road.  This is the last glacier you can reach via vehicle.

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 Look at it all...just look.

Look at it all...just look.

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 Morning views...

Morning views...

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 Chilling on the landing strip.

Chilling on the landing strip.

As I began my return journey I spotted some mine shafts across the valley and decided to do a little more exploring.  I made my way along the mountain side stopping at each opening and poking my head in.  What really impressed upon me was how cold the air was inside the shafts.  Often I thought of the mines of Moria from the Fellowship of the Rings and how cold it must have been for Gandalf, the hobbits and their protectors.  I'd say I have a pretty active imagination...it's the main reason I couldn't bring myself to walk further than a few feet into the abandoned shafts in fear that something from the depths would come out and grab me.

 Derelict mining equipment.

Derelict mining equipment.

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 I've searched this picture in detail to see if I captured anything staring back...the results are still inconclusive.

I've searched this picture in detail to see if I captured anything staring back...the results are still inconclusive.

 30*+ outside, maybe 12* inside the tunnel.

30*+ outside, maybe 12* inside the tunnel.

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 Turbo getting a little flexy.

Turbo getting a little flexy.

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 I met these two, Melissa and Jason, in Golden, BC while on my way to my parents place from Alberta.  The whole way up to Alaska and Yukon and back down we were in contact via IG but never managed to cross paths until Hyder, Alaska.  Pretty stoked that I have an open invitation to stay with them in North Carolina when I'm through there one day.

I met these two, Melissa and Jason, in Golden, BC while on my way to my parents place from Alberta.  The whole way up to Alaska and Yukon and back down we were in contact via IG but never managed to cross paths until Hyder, Alaska.  Pretty stoked that I have an open invitation to stay with them in North Carolina when I'm through there one day.

From Hyder I made the journey back to Smithers in one go.  I had previously planned to drive the Telkwa Pass from Terrace, BC to Telkwa, BC with my friend Zach; however, due to smoke in the area and the risk of forest fires I decided to cancel the trip and instead spent a night with Zach and his family at a lake near Smithers.

 Took this while giving instruction on how to shoot night photos.

Took this while giving instruction on how to shoot night photos.

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 Good morning Willow, morning stretches?

Good morning Willow, morning stretches?

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The next morning I set out and drove from Smithers to just outside of Kamloops.  Approaching Clinton, BC I was detoured along highway 24 due to forest fires.  As I drove the highway soot fell from the sky like snow flakes, a slightly surreal experience to say the least.  As it got late and dark I chose a road off the highway at random and ended pulling into a recreation site at the South end of Long Island Lake which is in the Emar Lakes Provincial Park.  The park has a portage route which I hope to do with Alison one day.  The next morning I woke up early, hit the road again and arrived at my parents place in Abbotsford, BC shortly after noon.  The remainder of my stay in BC before I went home for harvest was filled with small projects, mountain biking, family time, weddings and family vacation.

 My hiking buddy, as usual. 

My hiking buddy, as usual. 

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 Matt and I hiked Elk Mountain in Chilliwack, BC with the dogo's.  Good times, good views.

Matt and I hiked Elk Mountain in Chilliwack, BC with the dogo's.  Good times, good views.

 Mount Baker in the distance.

Mount Baker in the distance.

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 I had the honor of shooting Francesca and Tyler's wedding in August.

I had the honor of shooting Francesca and Tyler's wedding in August.

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 One of my favorite people to hang out with.  Andrew and I went mountain biking on the Sunshine Coast before meeting up with our parents for family vacation.

One of my favorite people to hang out with.  Andrew and I went mountain biking on the Sunshine Coast before meeting up with our parents for family vacation.

 We've been jumping off this cliff for well over 10 years and will surely continue to do so for many more years to come.

We've been jumping off this cliff for well over 10 years and will surely continue to do so for many more years to come.

 The boys playing in the water, the girls staying dry.

The boys playing in the water, the girls staying dry.

 Skookumchuck Narrows has apparently become a well known kayak destination since I came here as a kid.

Skookumchuck Narrows has apparently become a well known kayak destination since I came here as a kid.

 A view of Rogers Pass on my way back to Alberta.

A view of Rogers Pass on my way back to Alberta.

I am now back at the farm working harvest.  I'll be here with Alison till mid to late November depending on how long harvest takes to complete. We'll leave to go to my parents place for a little while till Christmas then leave to travel South again for the winter.  Stoked for more adventures!

 Bison in the back field.

Bison in the back field.

 Northern lights captured the other night.

Northern lights captured the other night.