Day 1 of 2020 Alaska Trip, Drivig to Seward

First day of our Alaska trip. We would be driving from Anchorage to Seward today. The 2.5-hour journey would pass through some beautiful landscapes, like Turnagain Arm and Chugach National Forest. In addition, we would take a detour to visit the town of Whittier, a town only accessible on land through a single-lane cold war tunnel.

Explorer Glacier

Explorer Glacier

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Flight Log of Alaska Airlines Flight 1 and 121 from Washington DC to Anchorage via Seattle

A late summer trip to America’s last frontier. The outbound flights spanned an entire day, with me spending the few hours of layover at Space Needle in Seattle. In addition, this post will focus on the summits and glaciers along the way that kicked off my trip.

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

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Hiking Strickler Knob and Duncan Knob in George Washington National Forest

Aug 2nd, 2020, I headed towards the northern district of George Washington National Forest and hiked two of its most popular trails, Strickler Knob and Duncan Knob. Both trails started from a country road deep in the forest and led to a cluster of boulders towering above surrounding trees with panoramic views.

Strickler Knob

Strickler Knob

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Flight Log of American Airlines Flight 3300 and 2633 from Boise to Washington DC via Chicago

The inbound flight segments of my July 2020 trip to Idaho, river-visual approach into Washington Reagan Airport after waiting out a thunderstorm.

River Visual Approach past Washington Monument

River Visual Approach past Washington MonumentA lightning strike in the distance.

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Day 7 of 2020 Idaho Trip, Driving back to Boise

Seventh and last day of my Idaho trip. Quite an uneventful day as I drove back to Boise in preparation for my flight the next day.

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Day 6 of 2020 Idaho Trip, Borah Peak, Crest of Idaho

Sixth day and the climax of my Idaho trip as I would summit Mount Borah, the tallest mountain in the state of Idaho.

Ridge

Ridge

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Day 5 of 2020 Idaho Trip, Pioneer Cabin

Fifth day of my Idaho trip, I would be leaving the town of Hailey for Moore today, in preparation for next day’s summitting of Borah Peak. But before that, I would hike Pioneer Cabin Trail in Sawtooth National Forest.

Pioneer Cabin before Mountains

Pioneer Cabin before Mountains

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Day 4 of 2020 Idaho Trip, Sawtooth Wilderness

Fourth day of my Idaho trip. I travelled along Idaho Route 75 farther up to Sawtooth Wilderness Today, hiking Sawtooth Lake trail while exploring a few lakes along the way with drone.

Sawtooth Lake

Sawtooth Lake

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Day 3 of 2020 Idaho Trip, Chocolate Gulch

Third day of my Idaho trip. After a heroic hike to summit Hyndman Peak the previous day, I spent most of the day resting in bed. To make sure that’s not how I “wasted” an entire day of my vacation, I took a short hike of Chocolate Gulch at the end of the day.

Chocolate Gulch

Chocolate Gulch

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Day 2 of 2020 Idaho Trip, Hyndman Peak

Second day of my Idaho trip. I planned to summit Hyndman Peak. At an elevation of 3660m, it’s the tallest of Pioneer Mountains. Rated as class 2, it’s one of the easiest 12’ers of the state. Unfortunately, my badly-picked outfit added quite some difficulty and misery to my trip.

Mountains

Mountains

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