Copper River video - check out the large eddy and how fast it was moving. One little slip into this frigid, silty river, with nothing but slick rocks to grasp, and you're pretty much dead.
Berries found... technically, Tim found them first along with this empty nest.
Here's the collection of raspberries from 10 minutes or so of wandering. They made a nice apres-breakfast dessert.
Right in our camp, we had high bush cranberries... not quite so yum, but if you like cranberries, they're not bad.
At half a mile or so into my walk, I came across this pond created by a beaver. The trail seemed to go away from the river at this point and it wasn't audible. Check out the fireweed (pink flowers). It seems like in the Chitina area, summer is about over. After the blooms are at the tip (as they are) and the flower goes to seed, basically turning to cotton, they say winter is six weeks away. I'd say from this image, winter is seven to eight weeks away.
Sure looks like fall has arrived!
And now, back to the river... if you look close (or click to Flickr & hit the all sizes (zoom) icon) you'll note two figures down at the river. That might be Tim & Dad. I don't know, they were too far away to tell. But they scrambled down the cliff and scrambled back up. Again, Spirit Mountain is in the background.
A little beyond where they fished, I came across this building. I assume it's a railroad depot of sorts that is being slowly reclaimed back by the land. You can see a lot of that happening in Alaska.
I went a further than this spot, but I should have gone even further than I did. I apparently missed out on Haley Creek & a railroad tunnel. Oh well, next time. It's not like I'll be doing the fishing!
Along the trail that day, I spotted a black-capped chickadee, a dark-eyed junco, an unknown warbler, and a red squirrel.
It wasn't all that birdy there. You would think with all the berries available, there would be more, but seeing as how fall is in the air, I guess they already fled a bit further south where summer & more food is still around. The evening before, I spotted a Yellow Warbler and another unknown warbler. They were too hard to get an eyeball on, let alone the camera lens.
Next up, more Copper River pics (after leaving Chitina) & the road to Valdez.