Some Things Are Cool

"You don't know if you don't go."

June 26, 2016

Working in McCarthy, Alaska

I drive the shuttle van between McCarthy and Kennecott 6 or 7 times a day. Each full circuit takes an hour. It’s an ok gig.


June 18, 2016

Overnighter Backpacking Trip to Donoho Basin

Donoho Basin is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in Wrangell St. Elias National Park. I met a guide with five years of experience, and she described it as the most scenic single day hike-in site in Alaska.


June 6, 2016

Introduction to McCarthy and Kennecott



The remote mining town of Kennecott and its supporting outpost McCarthy have their roots in the early 1900’s, long before the Wrangell St. Elias National Park was established in 1980.


In 1899 two prospectors bushwhacked their way into the Kennicott Glacier Valley and discovered what was then the richest copper deposit in the world.




Trip Highlights


I made up a visual index of my best stories from the road.


This is where I recommend you start.




Photo Gallery


My favorite pictures from across the country, individually annotated and organized by state.




National Park Cliff Notes


Short descriptions of the history and geography of each national park with a few recommendations on what to do.



Jump to a random national park



The less well known parks are better because of their obscurity.