Wednesday, December 14, 2011

One Of Those Perfect Days

I'm back in Colorado now after a week in Juneau. I've written numerous times in the past about how much I love Juneau. This trip did nothing but further reinforce my love for the Juneau community and the land surrounding the area. It's easy for a place to feel like "home" when it is the place you are spending most of your time, but when a place that you are only spending 3 or 4 months a year (as I currently am with Juneau), feels so much like home the minute you fly into town, I think that is a good indication of a more permanent and definitive "home."

My visit was pretty typical for the first 2 days: seeing friends, wandering around town, getting reacquainted with the nuances, heading out onto the quick access trails for short runs, and generally just easing back into the unique experience that is life in Juneau. By my third day in town though I was getting the bug to really re-connect with the mountains. I was feeling pretty much 100% recovered from my recent race effort, and the forecast was for a pretty decent day of weather. Around 9am that day my friend Dan and I started up into the mountains with our snowshoes and enough food/water to be out most of the day. Despite the forecast for some afternoon sun, the morning was typical Juneau December weather: cloudy, drizzly, breezy, and really quite dreary. Things however began to dry up and calm down as we went higher. Eventually, as we rose above 2,500 ft, the air became eerily calm and gradually clear. We had climbed above the clouds into one of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen anywhere in the world. This combined with the amazingly firm and stable snow conditions made for one of the most inspiring and satisfying runs I have ever been on. I think I'll just let these photos paint the rest of the picture, lest my words diminish something which felt almost too perfect to be put into words:





















20 comments:

momroes said...

Those pictures are beautiful BUT as far as "home" goes - I still consider your home - Cleveland, NY - after all that is where you spent your childhood years and where the rest of your family is just waiting for your return. We all hope that some day you will join the rest of us at "home".

Joe Grant said...

damn...absolute top quality.

eric said...

I agree with your mom, Cleveland, N.Y. Is pretty amazing (second only to Brewerton, of course). But seriously, these pics are absolutely unreal. I can hardly imagine what the live experience was like.

ruggedstickman said...

wow...getting a pic compliment from Joe is about as good as it gets with ultra running photography

Will said...

Why would you ever leave AK? Time to call it home....

SoleAdventure.com said...

WOW! Great photos of an epic landscape. I can't imagine being able to train there.

Dylan Bowman said...

Amazing!

Jay said...

Whew, that's fraking spectacular!

Anne-Marie said...

Wow - the pictures are beyond amazing. Simply beautiful. Wish I would've looked into doing something like this when I was in Alaska!

Malcolm said...

Off the charts!! Just goosebumps looking at that blanket of cloud. Mesmerising.

drewboat said...

great photos geoff! makes me want to hike up them and ski down!

beautiful mountains! looks like a great place to call home.

johnmichael said...

wow. incredible pictures..i can't imagine how amazing it must have been to actually be there. love it.

sharmanian said...

Wow! Impressive back-drops for a run - can see what you love about it.

Perry F. said...

Wow, so beautiful!

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Anca Robu said...

Amazing experience of freedom! Beautiful post! Thank you! :)

Paige said...

Seriously? I don't know how you ever leave.

PS My mom wishes I would move back "home" too.

Greg, Jess, Harriet, Griffin said...

Inspiration for moving up to Ak. in 3 weeks! Thanks for reminding me of the grandeur!

Greg, Jess, Harriet, Griffin said...

Inspiration for moving up to Ak. in 3 weeks! Thanks for reminding me of the grandeur!

Byron Pittam said...

what awesome pictures!