Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dan Moller & Dancing Lights

Last 'weekend' aka Tues/Wed we went up to Dan Moller Cabin with some friends. Dan Moller Cabin is located on Douglas Island, at the base of the Dan Moller bowl. Dustin had been there before, but this was my first time. The trek up was pretty fun. Took us about 2.5 hours to get to the cabin. A few of us were on skins and the rest were using snowshoes. I had a blast using my splitboard to slide my way up the trail. Once we got to the cabin and got settled in, some good food and gaming went down... then the real show started. The Aurora (northern lights) came out and stayed out ALL night long, and wow did they put on a show! That was by far the best aurora display I've seen since moving to Alaska. The greens and occasional pinks/reds danced (more like raved!) in the sky for hours and hours, getting stronger then fading to a low glow, then bursting out with brightness again. Jaws were dropped and it held my gaze for what seemed like forever. I tried my hand at taking some photos with my camera, which turned out to be the best aurora photos I've gotten personally, but didn't even compare to the awesome photos that others were taking with their nice cameras. A good professional camera is on my list of things to get over the summer. 

The next morning we woke up, had some breakfast, grabbed our shred sticks, and headed up the mountain for some powder turns. Since most of us didn't have avalanche gear, which is a necessity in the backcountry unless you want to win a Darwin award, we stuck to a gentle slope with lots of trees that we knew was pretty stable. We got some turns, then sunbathed at the bottom for a bit while the boys built a little booter to play on. 

After we were all pretty tired and the sun was fading, we headed back to the cabin to pack our bags and head home. 

Here are some photos from the trip! 

Tessa and I posing for the camera.
On our way up
Dustin and Kyle soaking up some rays.
Dan Moller Cabin
Dan Moller Cabin
Dustin, Kyle, Tessa, and Katie on the way up to get some powder slashes.
Photo op! :)
Dustin sailing over the lil booter the guys built.

Myself popping a little ollie on the way down.
Photo by Pat with Kyle's camera?? I think? lol

Working on our tan...
On our ride back down to civilization.
Snowboarding with camping gear on your back is heavy!

Gazing at the lovely aurora borealis!
Photo by Tessa
We had to get a photo underneath the lights!
Thanks Tessa for taking this awesome photo as well!

This is my best aurora photo to date. Yeah, I know it sucks compared to the previous two photos
that Tessa took. It's all my little camera is capable of with aurora shooting,
which is more that most digital point and shoots,
so I'm not complaining!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Playing With Fire...

Last night some friends and I had a bonfire at Sandy Beach. We had eight pallets and a ton of cut logs, so you can imagine what kind of fire we had. You couldn't get within 10 ft of it without your eyebrows melting off.  Since I'm spending today and tomorrow couped up inside resting my knee I figured a little outdoor action would feed my soul for a while. 

Oh yeah, the knee thing... so I tweaked my knee on a hike last Wednesday and it's hindered my snowboarding :( I've been stuck inside being an 'office lady' at the snowsports school window, which isn't all that bad since I get to hang out with some of the most awesome ladies ever! :) It's killing me not being able to ride though. Hopefully I can get back in action by the weekend. My knee felt a lot better yesterday, and hopefully after these next two days of resting it and another day in the office Thursday will give it plenty of time to get back to normal. I was pretty convinced it was my meniscus after doing some research, but now that it's feeling a bit better I'm not so sure. Usually meniscus tears take a lot longer to heal. I don't want to push it too early though. We still have a few more months of snowboarding!

Anyways, I tried some light painting last night at the fire. I got some steel wool pads, created a wire sphere thingy to hold it in, attached it to Winter's leash (couldn't find a cable), set it on fire and hit the camera button! It surprisingly turned out pretty well! I love experimenting with photography, and even though I don't have a nice camera, my Canon point and shoot does pretty well!