Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Touring Alaska, condensed version.

I was lucky to spend a bit more than 7 days and nights out camping and riding in Alaska this month.

I had planned an ambitious journey. I did not successfully complete all that I set out to do. I made a few mistakes in planning, and had no choice but to learn a few hard lessons on the trail, as well as to then alter and abbreviate the journey.

I'm nothing but thankful for the opportunity to participate in such a raw, unfiltered learning process, and for all that I've learned from that process.

One aspect of the trip that was successful was the cameratography. A new unit this year gave me a steep learning curve, but the results are decent and again--I got to learn a lot really quick. Image quality aside, I shot over 400 stills and about 5 minutes of video all on the same two AA lithium batteries. That's unprecedented, and a good reason to keep this camera around for winter use even if I end up not liking it much in the warmer months.

Worth mentioning is that they are the same two batts I used to snap pics at the ITI race start, as well as to take the ~70 or so shots on this day. Same two batts that I used to review (and re-review) all of the AK pics while driving back down the highway with Moobs last week. Same two batts are in the camera now, as I get ready to head out for a spring dirt ride here in the Junkyard.

I believe I've made my point--this camera has astounding battery life with lithiums.

I'm not affiliated in any way with Canon. But I'm willing to learn...

There are roughly 90 shots included in the slideshow below. Each has (IMO) a great story to go with it. Some have several stories worth sharing. And yes, I love to tell stories.

Alas, not enough time in the day these days, so these pics and some tunes will have to suffice until the pace of life mellows a bit next winter.

Until then, enjoy.



  1. Nice photos and tunes. Hey is that my Jerry Douglas?

  2. Mike,

    Among the things that I appreciate about you is the fact that you take it all in stride, learn from your experiences, and keep moving on.

    Your milk is still in the bowl...and it isn't mixed in with any tears!

    And that actually helps me learn about myself as well.

    Cheers. Thanks for the slideshow. Nice images.

  3. Stellar shots as always.

    The soundtrack seems especially appropriate.

  4. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Mike...

    Thanks for taking us along on your journey. Beautiful!

  6. thanks for the video, i really enjoyed it. --brent

  7. Thanks for the tip on the camera. I love my Canons and I also really prefer AA batteries and would love to get back to them, but like a small camera.

    Looks like the package is plenty small enough.


  8. Steve "Vice On Two Wheels" UlreyApril 4, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    What an amazing sequence of photos!