A stop in Hatcher Pass

A stop in Hatcher Pass

On our way back from Denali National Park & Preserve, Michelle and I took the detour through Hatcher Pass rather than following the Parks Highway through the Strip Mall Hell that is the town of Wasilla.  We pulled over at one spot with a large rock slide so I could photograph the fog moving up the valley.  As I was getting my camera set up, Michelle noted a small rodent running around amidst the rocks in the slide.  From what she described, I hoped that they would be collared pika.  I took a look and confirmed that they were, so I pulled out my 500mm lens and spent some time with one of them for a while.  As I photographed the pika and then the landscape, Michelle decided to go pick the plentiful low bush blueberries that were all over the hillside.  On our way out, we stopped at a new parking area and trailhead near the now-defunct Mother Lode Lodge.  We also stopped at one point so I could photograph something I had been seeking for many years, something that I know I had seen before but had not found again, until now – a “no shooting from the road” sign riddled with bullet holes.  Gotta love those Mat-Su Valley people and their obsession with guns.

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