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9 Squares 12Top: Al Boardman, David Stanfield, Henrique BaroneMiddle: Sharon Correa, Grei Skuring, Tommaso Dal PozBottom: Hayley Akins,…

<b>9 Squares 12</b><p><b>Top:</b> Al Boardman, David Stanfield, Henrique Barone<b><br>Middle:</b> Sharon Correa, Grei Skuring, Tommaso Dal Poz<b><br>Bottom:</b> Hayley Akins, Ronald Rabideau, Leslie Martin

The view from my campsite this morning was certainly a pleasant one. Near GIRDWOOD, ALASKA.

COPPER RIVER VALLEY, ALASKA -- Mt. Sanford over Willow Lake Tuesday afternoon. Mt. Sanford is one of the largest mountains in all of North America. It's beauty can be seen throughout the region.

Waking in the morning to this view is something that I will never take for granted. It took me too long to get here. Six years ago, I moved here from Michigan with only a backpack on my back. I had rid myself of all worldly belongings and in doing so I had freed myself and was ready to begin anew. I'd been traveling to Alaska all my life and the land had really taken hold of me. After initially struggling to find work I was able to catch on as commercial fisherman in Kenai. It was there that I met Jack. We hit it off right away. I think it's because we both had a respect for life. When the other crew members would abuse or torture unwanted fish that ended up in our nets by hitting them or tossing them for fun, Jack and I would protest vigorously. It turned out to be a friendship which has endured over time. After searching for a few years to find my place here in the Great Land, eventually I decided that cabin life was the life for me. I fell in love with the cabin from the moment I saw it -- I never even bothered looking at others! It's a simple life up here on the hill, and it's one that I have come to cherish although cabin life has certainly had its challenges. But as the years have progressed, I find myself learning more and more about the land. Whereas I used to just walk through the woods, now I understand the woods. Oh, it's a simple life....We cook our meals on the woodstove using cast iron pans. The cabin is a dry cabin which means it doesn't have running water and is not on the electrical grid. For lighting, I use candles or oil lamps. For water, I melt snow. For showers, I use a wash tub or just go out to the front porch and dump warm water over my head. It's a tiny home to be sure, with only about 400 square feet of living space. But you get used to it by learning to live with less. I really want to thank all of the followers on this account, because sharing this with you folks makes it even that much more fun. I may not be able to respond to all of your comments, but each and every one of them is read over and over again. It never gets old when you are living your dream! Thanks for all the love and support, Todd. -- in TOLSONA, ALASKA.

MOOSE ARE VEGETARIANS, AND SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE FOODS ARE FOUND IN PONDS!

NEAR CARIBOU CREEK, ALASKA -- Early morning sunrise brings out the details in the landscape near Caribou Creek, Alaska. On my way to Todds cabin the other morning, I stopped at several places to take pictures of the scenery. In the far back is the Matanuska Glacier. Caribou Creek is well known for gold mining. I went here once with a metal detector, and although I didn't find any gold, I did notice that the metal detector was set off over and over again by a certain type of greenish black rock. I'm not certain what type of metal might be in the rock, but there's a lot of it and it makes the detector go crazy. I look at this land and I realize how fortunate I am to live in a place where I can still drive great distances and see forrests, rivers, and mountains for hundreds of miles. Vast mountain ranges trail off into the distance, possibly the remaining rims of craters from prehistoric meteorite impacts -- many can be found to form vast circular patterns. It's a land of tremendous volcanic upheaval, where earthquakes are still common and volcanoes still erupt. Long ago these volcanoes erupted with such force that gold was spilled out across the land in the form of molten nuggets, and there is still much to find for those so inclined. I'm told that so much gold has been found around the Iliamna Volcano along the Cook Inlet, across from Kenai, that gold would become commonplace in the world if it were mined... and that's just a small part of Alaska! For me, Alaska has a different kind of gold that I love, and find everywhere... it's beauty --- and Alaska possesses it in abundance. Wherever I go, wherever I look, her beauty abounds. Yet, I never get tired of, nor take for granted the gentle beauty depicted in this photograph. This picture shows the sun rising on an area of land adjacent to Caribou Creek. Scenes like this warm my heart, and do things for me that I need, as much as another might need water to quench their thirst. This is my home, this is my Alaska -- She is My Love...She is My Everlasting Joy.. and this is just one small part of her beauty...her gold...to be found everywhere. -- Jack. In GLACIERVIEW, ALASKA.

Potatoes, eggs, and a ham steak for breakfast before I head out to McCarthy/Kennicott.

Jack out doing what he does best: taking excellent photos. We had a nice day on Nabesna Road near SLANA, AK yesterday. The weather was perfect and there were some really cool photo opps. Today we're heading out to McCarthy/Kennicott. Enjoy the summer before it's gone, folks. The fireweed has gone to whisker and there's a hint of yellow on those trees!

Jack and I found this small little unnamed lake along Nabesna Road earlier today. In addition to being very beautiful, it was also incredibly quiet.