Extragalactic Jets in Alaska

There was a meeting on "Extragalactic Jets: Theory and Observation from Radio to Gamma Ray" held in Girdwood Alaska from 21-24 May 2007. It was a well organized meeting with interesting content and I'm certainly glad I went. Many thanks to Travis Rector for making it happen. Click here for more information on the meeting, not to mention links to other photos.

The photos below were taken by me (Craig Walker) during the meeting and during both a sea kayaking trip to Blackstone Bay and a driving/hiking trip to Seward Alaska after the meeting. I also went skiing at Alyeska Ski area, the site of the meeting hotel, the day before the meeting in beautiful weather, but did not take any pictures. My smaller camera, along with my ski boots and clothes, had not yet arrived thanks to the airlines. The kayaking trip was with Alaska Sea Kayakers out of Whittier. Most of my boating trips are private, but I didn't have the time or resources to organize something of that sort during a meeting trip.

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The mountains of southeast Alaska and adjoining areas in Canada is a land where it seems the ice age has not completely retreated. They make for spectular scenery on flights in and out of Anchorage. Too bad so few people actually bothered to look out the window of the plane. Looking over the Turnagain Arm from the road between Anchorage and Girdwood.
The Alyeska Resort where the meeting was held. The base of the tramway is just off the picture to the right. Gathering for the hike to the Hand Tram - 5 miles round trip starting at 6 pm. Late evening light was useful!
Hiking to the Hand Tram. There was enough snow and ice to make it "interesting", but still a considerable number of people made the whole trip. The Hand Tram.
Roger Blandford and Katherine Blundell. How we got to the meeting dinner at the top of the tram.
A view from near the top of the tram. At the meeting dinner.
Teddy Cheung and Aneta Siemiginowska. Dan Harris.
Travis Rector.

Photos from the Sea Kayaking trip to Blackstone Bay and from the driving and hiking trip to Seward.

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Katherine Blundell, Robert Laing, and Paul Hirst heading out to kayak in Blackstone Bay. Chartered motor boats were used to get there, allowing us to spend our kayaking time exploring the glaciers at the head of the bay. From the charter boat from Whitier to Blackstone Bay
Katherine and Paul launching from the rocky beach where the boat left us. I have no pictures of Robert in the kayak (or me, for that matter) because he was in my boat, facing away. It was a gloomy and wet, but calm day on the water. These are actually not bad kayaking conditions, but do not provide very good lighting for photos.
Katherine at the Northland Glacier The assistant guide (whose name I unfortunately forget) looking like she's having fun.
Katherine and Paul watching for calving from the Blackstone Glacier. We stayed back from the face far enough to have time to react if any waves were created. Those ice blocks floating in the water may not look like much, but they are mostly underwater and are hard as a rock. Being banged about by waves while among them would not be fun. At the lunch beach.
Katherine and Paul in front of the Beloit Glacier. We watched several small pieces fall off the face. An off-duty guide and his wife who were traveling with us. We also had both a guide and assistant guide. This was one of the first trips of the season and I think they were using it to get their people out to the area.
Katherine and Paul Katherine and Paul on the way back up Blackstone Bay to our pickup point.
Getting picked up for the return to Whittier. The boat is specially designed to transport kayak groups. At the kittiwake rookery across from Whittier. The birds were agitated because there were two bald eagles perched among them - just waiting.
Superficially this picture was a complete failure - too long an exposure to capture the birds clearly. But it's growing on me. Having a few reasonably sharp birds helps a lot and the rest just gives a sense of motion. The day after the kayak trip we drove down the Kenai Peninsula to Seward. We wandered around town some, then took short hikes south along the coast and at Exit Glacier. This photos is of the harbor at Seward
This bald eagle was perched on a pole in downtown Seward. From the end of our hike south from Seward.
A moose along the road to Exit Glacier. Paul Hirst at the Exit Glacier. There were signs along the road showing where the glacier was in various years. It is clear that, at the rate that it is melting, it will no longer reach the valley sometime very soon.
Mt. Rainier from the Seattle to Los Angeles flight on the way home.