|We took our 24 hour break in the peaceful checkpoint of Ophir.
|The dogs snoozed comfortably in the absence of hustle & bustle. Bitey, Goofy, Vader & Raspy.
|Mini Lu, Buffy & Hilary.
|Orro, Barkly, Vinnie & Vader relax in the shadow of the checkpoint's supply of Heet.
|Barkley, Orro, Vinnie, & Vader.
|I took this picture for my friend Anja Radano -- it's of Ryan Redington leaving Ophir with the dog he borrowed from Anja, Eggs, in lead :)
|Cold and frosty in the Innoko River Valley outside of Ophir.
|Nice trail and gorgeous country out of Ophir.
|Beautiful boreal landscape.
|Camping 40 miles or so outside of Ophir. Princess, Hilary, Jasmine (sitting) & Fly behind, with her head sticking out of the straw. Jasmine is not tired, probably because she was not working very hard....haha.
|Vinnie, Mini Lu, Orro, & Vader snuggling together.
|Mini Lu & Ripp in lead ; on our way to Cripple after camp. We broke up the run to Ruby, tackling it in four roughly equal sections. I wanted to ease the dogs back into the swing of things after their long rest.
|Meager amounts of snow on the trail leaving Cripple. Made for some interesting experiences when crossing the myriad of ravines and creek beds separating us from Ruby.
|Back in the tussocks.
|We traversed lots of area burnt up by forest fire.
|There is a beauty to the monotony. I listened to a lot of Ane Brun on this section.
|Flat light, endless, somewhat repetitive, vistas.
|Golden hour. On route to our last camp before Ruby.
|Early morning on the road to Ruby.
|Trying to capture the glittering hoarfrost quickly melting in the sun.
|The dogs snuggling up to nap even before I get their booties off.
|Time to wake up and head to Ruby :)
|Bluebird skies in ptarmigan country.
|I gave the dogs a lot of breaks on this gorgeous spring day.
|Mini Lou & Raspy.
|Fly & Princess.
|Goofy & Hilary
|Sunset over the Yukon River; Ruby, AK.
|I love cold frosty mornings on the Yukon River.
|Sunrise on the Yukon River.
|We took an alternate route from Galena to Nulato that had us crossing long swamps and following many windy sloughs.
|^^ Windy sloughs.
|Approaching the landmark bluff that signals our exit from the sloughs of Koyukuk country back to the main thread of the Yukon River.
|Crossing deep clear ice, many many feet thick.
|River ice reflecting the rosy soft glow of the setting sun.
|Raspy, Orro & Mini Lu.
|Yukon River Traffic Jam.
|Love river travel. I see the Yukon Quest in my future !
|Sparkles on the snow... sunny day. ...Not too sleepy. Love it.
|Little ice jumbles.
|Approaching Kaltag, grooving to FM Belfast. My first time to Kaltag during daylight hours. I had no idea there were so many gorgeous mountains surrounding the village!