Adventures with ice
The Nenana River (mostly) broke up on Sunday afternoon, making for some exciting viewing of water and ice.
Turning east on the Denali Highway, I was struck again by the amount of water. Water everywhere. One portion of the dirt road was washing out, making for an interesting drive.
The light last night was magical – soft yet directional, with perfect clouds. It was a shame that the water made it impossible to reach a few of my favorite spots.
Tonight things got a little more interesting. At 1am, the river suddenly got a lot louder. I stepped outside and was greeted with water. What had been snow and ice over normally dry ground was running water with icebergs floating into our parking lot.
“Adventures In Kevin’s World” indeed! So began the adventure of waking employees up to move our vehicles. Thankfully the water (as of 3am) didn’t create a danger, though that could change.
I shot video as well (of course), but you get the idea I’m sure.
And for those of you wondering what it’s like in the middle of the night in an Alaskan summer, remember that the last 2 photos were shot after 1am! I did not need a tripod. As I write this at 3am, it’s still just as bright.
How weird has our weather been? April was the coldest on record in Denali, beating the record by 13 degrees F. It was also the 3rd snowiest April on record. We got 7″ of snow on Friday May 17, but it was 60 degrees F two days after. Today’s high is forecast at 78 degrees F. “Typical” May temperatures are 60 degrees!
Adventures in patience…