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Monday
Jan042010

Crescent Saddle Cabin

Cabins drive me crazy. The fumes are sickening, the claustrophobia gives me cabin-fever and childhood memories of hauling endless firewood make me lust for a big fat boiler. The Cresent Saddle cabin on the Kenai Peninsula changed all that. 

We spent New Years eve in this four-bunk Forest Service cabin with three dogs and ten friends. All night the six-inch lake ice hummed and sang and cracked as if December's second full moon was talking to us. During the day we skied leeward, south-facing chutes filled with sun and untouched snow.

Oh Alaska!

Eric Parsons, Jeff Conaway and I ditched the cabin scene and went skeet shooting on the lake. This is a 25 second exposure at ISO 200 and F 8.0 using a birch log ball head.

 

Julie Fields watches the blue moon and big dipper rise over Crescent Lake.

 

Ben Williams, all jacked on sunshine, hucks his meat euro-dog style.

 

For the last run of the day Jeff and I skinned and boot packed high above the cabin for a steep and skinny chute. As we deliberated about stability at the chute's 50-degree entrance, a bus-sized portion of the cornice snapped off and thundered 1,500 feet down the gullet. "I guess it's stable. Let's ski!"

 

The end of New Year's Day.

 

Beaver-wearing Andy pleased with his Polaris 550 Supersport Fan Cooled Twin.

 

Jeff Jessen looking for his Austrian wife.

 

Frozen engine blocks are a proper way to finish mid-winter Alaska trips. Andy checks the Coleman stove that's thawing his engine block.