With the upcoming Chrissy May and Ray Pohl wedding in McCarthy, Sherrie and I decided to head over a week early and spend some time exploring the area before the festivities. Our vision was to hike up the Root Glacier and over a 5300' pass to the McCarthy glacier, from which we'd packraft McCarthy Creek the Motherlode Saloon in town . . . as it turned out, the universe had a different plan!
We arrived to higher-than-normal river levels and the first hot days of the season, causing the higher-than-average snowpack to be melting at a higher-than-average rate . . . read: super high rivers, snow-covered passes, and conditions which generally indicated we should consider a plan B.
Unfortunately, as we were descending the upper snowfield, I was plunge stepping in the soft snow and managed to find a buried ice lense, slipping and beginning to slide the upper slope. Thankfully I was able to self arrest by digging my poles into the ground and kicking in my feet, but the sacrifice was a bunch of skin on my fingers . . .
|Pan frying fresh Russian River red with lots of butter and onion - rough life!!|
|Sunshine and tennis shoes on glacier . . . good times :-)|
|Me headed up the Root Glacier, Donoho Peak on the looker's left|
|Me and Mt. Blackburn :-)|
|Root Glacier and its moraine|
|Raging falls . . . big snowmelt while we were there!!|
|The views from the falls overlook did not suck . . . Root Glacier below|
|Views of the glacier headed toward Blackburn - big country!!|
|Sherrie and clearing skies over McCarthy|
|Eerie Lake from the summit of Donoho - the view we'd come for!!|
|Ouch! Thankful to have my favorite nurse-friend along!!|
|A happy Sherrie that summer has arrived!|
|These lovely glacier streams were awesome for cleaning my hands in a manner that also numbed the pain!!|
|Sherrie told me we earned a beer at the Kennicott Glacier Lodge!|
|View of the Kennicott Mill from our roamings|
Sherrie headed back to Anchorage just as the wedding festivities were cue-ing up . . . Cmay and Ray's family and friends took over the Kennicott Glacier Lodge and it was a bustle of comings-and-goings of guests out exploring the local mine ruins, ice caves, bike rides, and mill area. The rehearsal dinner was a festive barbecue on the lawn, and the ceremony was lovely . . . delivered by Holly Brooks, it was non-traditional and awesome . . . exactly like our favorite Chrissy May!!
|Waiting for the bride :-)|
|Daddy Don giving Cmay away! I loved her dress, especially the back!|
|and they're hitched!|
|The MayPohl :-)|
A raging dance party, and we called it a wrap! Somehow Chrissy managed to fit her wedding right in the 5 days of summer! The day we left had weather roll in, which made driving home just a bit easier!!
Thanks again to Sherrie for taking care of me, and to Chrissy and Ray for a great excuse to hang out in McCarthy!!