Well, I finally made it to Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, and it sure feels good to be here again. I arrived at the park’s northern entrance, at the small community of Slana, and drove the Nabesna Road into Jack Creek, where I made camp. Since then, I’ve poked around a little, hiked up Caribou Creek (I often wonder if anyone has ever done an accurate, or even inaccurate, count of how many “Caribou Creeks” there are in Alaska – I’m guessing over 100!), and also spent some time yesterday talking with a ranger and some other local people to gain a little more perspective and insight on the park. Today I would like to do another hike, and then hope to meet and talk to Michael Quinton, a National Geographic staff photographer who lives near the Park entrance at Slana. I met him once before in Denali National Park, and he’s a nice guy, and an awesome photographer. Hopefully I’ll gain some knowledge off him that will help me with my project here.
Among other things, I learned yesterday is that the National Park Service has a new book on Wrangell St. Elias National Park coming out this fall – actually, it was supposed to already be out, but has been delayed. I’m kinda bummed, because there has only been one book done on the park previously, by George Herben, and that was one of the motivators for me to take up this project. The other thing that bummed me about this new book is that the park service didn’t use any of my photos for it. I’m sure Ron Niebrugge has dozens in it. 🙂
Lastly, it’s bug season here in Wrangell St. Elias. Mosquitoes are having a nice time, I accidentally left a sipper to my tent open about an inch last night, and in the morning there were dozens of mosquitoes flying around inside – all full of my blood. One was so full he could hardly take flight. Nasty little critters. Tonight, my tent shall be zipped ALL the way up!