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.
Things are black and white in the Frank Church wilderness right now.
But even though ice covers the surface of the rivers, there is action below.
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.
The details in the ice are a miniature world when you get close. The back waterfall is about 5 feet tall or so.
These guys don't care that it's February.
Taylor Ranch, Idaho.
About mid-morning I heard howling across the river.
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.
I crested another rise and the hillside was crawling with wolves enjoying their meal. They took off as soon as they saw me.
Investigation of the crime scene: they cornered a deer in a steep draw and scattered it everywhere.
Less than an hour after the kill, the skull was already picked clean by magpies.
Oh ya, I just made this website too. What an incongruity.