Mount Rinjani

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Mount Rinjani

At the end of February, I realized I hadn't left the States for a while. My good friend Kyle (http://khemesphere.blogspot.com/) is working in Laos, so I bought a spur of the moment ticket and headed to Asia for a month and a half. In April we went to the island of Lombok, Indonesia, and walked up Mount Rinjani, the second highest volcano in Indonesia. These are a few moments from the 3 day journey.  A spectacular place with great friends. 

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Ice

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Ice

Things are black and white in the Frank Church wilderness right now.

The Frank Church Wilderness from the air.

But even though ice covers the surface of the rivers, there is action below.

What's going on under there?

The Big Creek Gorge.

Deep in the Big Creek Canyon, the sun rarely hits the water. I walked down to the Middle Fork of the Salmon and saw the sun twice over about 14 miles.

Ice shelves on Big Creek.

Pictographs made by the Tukudika in the Big Creek Gorge

Waterfall Creek enters the Middle Fork of the Salmon.

The details in the ice are a miniature world when you get close. The back waterfall is about 5 feet tall or so.

Snow on ice; Cougar Cree

These guys don't care that it's February.

If fish could read they'd be better informed.

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Wolf Kill

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Wolf Kill

Taylor Ranch, Idaho.

About mid-morning I heard howling across the river.

Lone wolf.

Of course I walked up the hill to investigate. As I crested the top of a hill, I was suddenly face to face with two wolves. We were both a bit startled. They loped away but there was more howling in a different direction.

Two wolves.

I crested another rise and the hillside was crawling with wolves enjoying their meal. They took off as soon as they saw me.

Four wolves.

Investigation of the crime scene: they cornered a deer in a steep draw and scattered it everywhere.

Remains of a... deer.

Less than an hour after the kill, the skull was already picked clean by magpies.

Picked clean.

Oh ya, I just made this website too. What an incongruity.

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