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Russian River National Forest
June 4-7 , 2003


On the Way (Canada)

Alaska at Last!

Tok to Valdez

  Mineral Creek
  Lu-Lu Belle Cruise

Russian River

  Misc. Pics

Whittier Road

Portage Glacier

Backyard Bear!

  Kenai Cruise

  Flightsee Denali

Denali Nat'l Park

Kluane Lake

Cassiar Hwy. Bear
  Highway Scenes

  Waterfall Road

Jasper Nat'l Park
  Maligne Lake

Icefields Parkway
  Athabasca Falls
  Athabasca Glacier
  Overnight at Glacier
  Lake Louis Road
  Lake Louise

Banff, Alberta

Johnston Canyon

Misc. Pics

Fireweed Pics

Skagway (side trip)
  White Pass RR
  Return Trip

Alaska Journaling

My Article About
This Alaska Trip


Russian River was special to me in more ways than one. First, I was proud of myself because it was the first time I dry camped since the disaster at WalMart in Whitehorse. I had also decided on the way to Alaska that I wouldn't stay in these more out-of-the-way but much more scenic parks because I just didn't think I'd feel as safe as I did when Don was parked right beside me. I always consider it a victory when I overcome the limitations I place on myself due to fear.

This is the Russian River as seen from the backyard of my campsite.
After walking down some stairs, I enjoyed the river from this closeup vantage point.
This is the front view from my big picture windows. It was great to see the contrast of bright new green leaves against the still snowy mountains. I really loved the large, private and quiet, tree-filled sites.
Russian River became even more special once I met the campground hosts. When I got to talking with Carol, I asked if she thought it was safe for a woman to hike the trail down to the river by herself. She said that she had done it, but that she honestly wouldn't recommend it. Even though it's early in the season and the salmon aren't yet running the river to entice the bears down the mountain, it's just a matter of days before it starts, so she wouldn't be surprised to see a bear on the trail at any time. So I said the trail I saw looked enticing, but I didn't think I wanted to hike it by myself. She said, "Well let me see if I can take off for a few hours and I'll go with you. We'll go as far as you want to and turn around anytime." What an angel! She knew the trails like the back of her hand, and besides being more comfortable walking with her, she was a blast to talk to and we discovered many things in common.
So Carol and I hiked to Russian River Falls. It's easy with two people to do the recommended things when hiking in bear country - make noise in the walking, talk loudly, etc. Although we kept stopping and looking around, we never did see any wildlife other than birds. The trail started out pretty tame and civilized...
The falls and its surroundings were awesome and it was so nice to have a guided tour with a new friend.
On the way back from the falls, she took us down a more primitive trail that finally reached a point past which she didn't think we should proceed. I really don't know how far we hiked, but we were gone about 4 hours and it turned out to be an amazing day - one of my very favorites so far.
Onward to: Homer Spit
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