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Autumn

Termination Dust, Alaska

“Autumn is more a season of the soul than of nature.”

Friedrich Nietzsche


I had so many good intentions about documenting my adventures this year in the Arctic:

Months without sunrise or sunset.

The first fireweed flower of the season.

The scares of wildfires abound.

Floating through the Gates of the Arctic.

Climbing Mt. Dillon.

Where did it all go? Well, there were so many thrilling moments this summer, I found just enough time to breathe, eat, and occasionally sleep.

Hope your summer was a great one.

Officially we are still having fall, although winter is knocking heavily on its doors in some places of North America.

How does your soul feel about the impending transition?

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Conservation

Wildness

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…the most distinctive, and perhaps the most impressive, characteristic of American scenery is its wildness.”

Thomas Cole


That’s what Thomas Cole wrote in an essay in 1836. Having spent his youth in England, he had an appreciation for the vast landscapes of the West. What would he say today?

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Sunday

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Do something wonderful,
people may imitate it.

Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer was a highly educated and accomplished musician and theologian, when he decided to make a difference in West Africa. At age 30 he studied Medicine and went as a doctor with his wife Helene to Gabon to start a health clinic. He returned to Europe several times due to World War I and health issues. Nevertheless, he always returned to the hospital, where he lived until age 90.

He wrote several religious and philosophical books, such as The Philosophy of Civilization. He also documented his life in Lambaréné in On the Edge of the Primeval Forest, which is available at the Gutenberg Project. For his work he was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize. His wife Helene contributed greatly to the success of Albert. She was one of the first female students at the University of Strasbourg, became a nurse and anesthesiologist, fund raiser, lecturer, and mother.
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One Man's Paradise

After the storm

“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder–no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.”

Candace Bushnell


Beautiful skies are back in all it’s splendor after the second snow this season.

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Summit Lake, British Columbia

 

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Sometimes I prefer traveling over arriving. This year’s road trip went from Salt Lake to Alaska. It’s the third time that I made the long trek up north. For the first time in July, which made for amazing weather and beautiful wild flowers along the way.

See for yourself.

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Close to the heart

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May Weather in the Boundaries Range, British Columbia


“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.
I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche.
I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens,
and get as near the heart of the world as I can.”

John Muir


 

Those are the words of a great man.

Looking across the valleys and mountains of the Boundaries Range I imagine this is what John Muir had in mind, when he traveled to Alaska 130 years ago: Snow and ice covered landscapes. Even today, patches of that pristine wilderness still exist. Often times hiding in the clouds.

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