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Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


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Wordless Wednesday: Termination Dust

Yep. It’s that time o’ the season here in Denali.

Termination Dust* spells the end of summer and the quick approach of the long, mind-numbing cold that is to come.

*The first, light dusting of snow; on the very tips of the mountains.  It’s a warning. The first, big snow is just around the corner.  .

The vibrant fall colors against the fresh, white snow is stunning.

Fall’s appearance is quick, however, as it will soon yield to the ever-powerful Alaskan winter.

I’ll be long gone when that time comes.

Can’t say that I am sorry to say that!

W.

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Rain Showers & Rainbows

Rain showers and crisp, cool air moved into Denali about a week ago–a sure sign of Autumn’s arrival. The surrounding peaks even have a fine layer of snow on them–known as ‘Termination Dust’ to us Denali-ites.

Aw, fall. It’s intoxicating!

Yesterday was a day of rainbows.

I got off the bus in the morning and this beauty was right behind the lodge.

Later, on my ride home, this one–a full arc–was glowing brightly across the Healy Valley.

It was the brightest rainbow I have ever seen.

Too bad I only had my old Canon point-and-shoot with me to capture it. It was better than nothing, I suppose.

I ran inside to my room to grab my Nikon DSLR, but by the time I got back outside no more than 5 minutes later, the rainbow was gone.

This time of year is full of magical little moments.

Here’s to many more.

W.

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Tourist For a Day

It was all I could do to drag myself out of bed today. The past few days at work have been absolutely crazy.

I definitely needed a day in the great outdoors to get my mind off of things.

I couldn’t think of a better way to do this than by playing the part of tourist in Denali National Park for the afternoon.

…albeit a younger, less persnickety type (cruise tourists can be…a handful–hence the crazy week at work).

After sleeping in a bit, I got up, packed a day bag and caught a shuttle bus into the park.

After a drive out to Savage River (pics to come tomorrow), I stopped by the park Visitor’s Center. I haven’t been inside the VC since 2008, when I spent hours per week there as part of my shift. I ordered some lunch–the “Polychrome” panini and an Alaskan Summer–at the Morino Grille, found a nice spot on the deck, and devoured more of my current read, Good Time Girls.

*book review post coming up. it’s a GOOD one!

After lunch I caught the last few minutes of Heartbeats of Denali, the park movie. I’ve seen it at least a good 50 times. It never gets old.

Next up was a walk along some nearby trails.

My camera has been lonely the past month or so; it was high time I gave it a workout!

It’ll be another week or so until the fall colors are out in full force, but they were pretty darn lovely today.

Some fresh air, sunshine, and amazing scenery was just what I needed to recharge and refocus.

One. More. Month.

Gotta run now. There is laundry to be done and a beer to be enjoyed.

W.

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Running Low on Steam

With just over 6 weeks left in the summer season, the general feeling in Denali these days seems to be one of excitement for the end mixed with a small dose of apathy. My recent trip home for my grandmother’s funeral certainly did not help things in my case. Being back in Utah felt strange and uncomfortable for the first few hours, however, I soon adjusted and being back in the company of my family felt great (even though the circumstances of our gathering were unfortunate). After a few summers away from Salt Lake, I had forgotten how beautiful the city could be—even in the oven-like temperatures. It was extremely hard to head back up to Alaska. My family is grieving and in need of some support and I hated having to leave so soon after arriving. But Denali (and work) was calling my name.

Now I am here and trying to get my head back in the game. It isn’t proving too difficult, thank goodness. Fall is quickly upon us here in the interior and that makes me happy. The autumn colors in Denali are a sight to behold.

With lots of exciting (and scary!) adventures and life changes looming on the horizon, I keep reminding myself to live in the moment and enjoy each day as it comes. I am so incredibly lucky and blessed to be where I am and I never want to take that for granted.

Thanks for sticking around!

W.

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Soaring Over Denali National Park

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Last week, on my day off, I was blessed with another opportunity to take a flight over Denali National Park.

Waiting for my plane pickup by Kantishna Air Taxi–at a typical Alaskan runway

The weather wasn’t great, but I was optimistic anyway. Turns out positive thinking pays off!

The panoramic, bird’s eye view of the DNP landscape was, as always, completely breathtaking.

Soaring peaks. Massive glaciers. Stunning colors.

It’s almost too beautiful to believe.

Cantwell Glacier

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