Via Basel: Indiana Jones Explores Alaska

If Indiana Jones was investigating locked secrets of old civilizations, mine involved glaciers that predated them by thousands of years. I alluded to some of the natural Alaskan wilderness with all its magnificence in my last post in July. It had such an effect on me that I felt compelled to share more, especially since my two main reactions were awe & alarm. I also decided to go more visual than the written word. You will have to read between the lines (or pictures) and come to your own conclusions. But also please enjoy as we take this trip down the Copper river together.


Big as in 13.2 million acre park

Salmon, the lifeline for, recreational & industrial fishing (70% of world wide), vital for states economy and heavily regulated to guarantee sustainability. Sensitive to any temperature increase.

Night vision

Day fun rafting

Luxury accommodations

Glaciers, large & small

Powerful women guides

Indiana Jones attempting to mimic them

Waterfalls galore

More glaciers

Rafting among fragmented icebergs

Left over railroad bridge from the copper mining era (1909 -1938) Damaged in 1965 earthquake

Video of calving of Childs Glacier in front of us.. Anchorage heat wave up to 90 degrees F a week before arrived, a record (any correlation?)

Glacier tours halted on this one because of unprecedented melting

Flowers & bees

View from above

Recent reception commemorating 60 years of Sierra Club in Illinois.

If nothing else please join the oldest, largest & most effective pro-environment organization in the U.S.

Basel Al-Aswad, father of EIL founder Christopher Al-Aswad, is a yogi trapped in an Orthopedic Surgeon’s body. His loves in life include reading, hiking, enjoying nature, meditation, and spending time with his large Iraqi family, and now, retired, he will have more time for that. And for the next adventure.

Via Basel: A Birthday Celebration in the Wilderness

Sierra Club

Sierra Club in Illinois


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