Finding Mt. Blackburn

Continued….. More from my journal notes from a trip to a cabin near Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, in 1994. Every day we drove to a spot along the trail where we were pretty sure we could view Mt. Blackburn, the highest peak in the Wrangell mountains.  I remember seeing a […]

Rare Red Aurora Original Painting SOLD

Original Painting by Artist Gail Niebrugge Original painting “Red Aurora” Acrylic on rag board 7″ x 24″, matted and framed under glass Original SOLD, limited edition prints sold out If you haven’t had the pleasure to witness a red aurora borealis, you have missed a spectacular, wondrous event. The red-colored northern lights are like nothing […]

Aurora Borealis Rayed Band Formation Original Painting SOLD

Original Painting by Artist Gail Niebrugge Original painting “Night Light” Acrylic on rag paper 28″ x 30″, matted and framed under glass Original painting SOLD, limited edition prints SOLD OUT Alaska artist Gail Niebrugge’s goal is to paint the northern lights in a unique way to show how truly awesome they are. The artist wants […]

Abandoned Mine

Continued….. While on a trip to Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in 1994, we found the ruins of an old copper mine on the hillside not far from our cabin.  Prospectors began searching the Kuskulana River region during 1899, and mined the Nugget Creek property for nearly a decade with little positive […]

Exploring Kuskulana Glacier Moraine and River

Continued….. Our 1994 trip to Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park was a great opportunity to explore the surrounding area.  We motored our ATV’s along the gravel bars of the Kuskulana River and headed east toward the head waters and the terminus of the Kuskulana Glacier.  Every day during our stay it rained, […]

Exploring Nugget Creek Alaska

Continued……. Excepts from my journal of a trip in 1994 to a remote cabin above Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.  We settled into an interesting schedule during our five days at the cabin, exploring the area on our ATV’s, scoping the river and canyon walls with binoculars to observe wild game, […]

Original Painting of Richardson Highway Fall SOLD

Original Painting by Artist Gail Niebrugge Original painting “Mile 60 Richardson” Acrylic and watercolor 22″ x 30″ on rag paper, matted and framed under glass SOLD Alaska artist Gail Niebrugge becomes frenzied as she trys to gather as much research as she can during fall in Alaska’s interior, the season is short and brilliant lasting […]

An Immaculate, Functional Cabin

Continued…… From my journal of a 1994 trip in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, to a private cabin deep in the remote wilderness above Nugget Creek in the Wrangell mountains.  The minute we unlocked the cabin door and peered inside we were again struck dumb and unable to speak.  Not only was the location […]

Location with a View

“The Woodshed” ink drawing 4.5″ x 6″ ©Gail Niebrugge, collection of the artist. Continued…… The continuing story from my 1994 journal/sketch book of our trip in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, to a cabin above Nugget Creek in the Wrangell Mountains.  The woodshed/outhouse duo was tucked against the canyon wall about 30′ before the […]

Spectacular Cabin Location

Continued……. We continued riding our ATV’s up the ridge that followed Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park on a 1994 research trip, searching for the trail that led to the private cabin where we planned to stay.  A sparsely traveled track appeared to the left leading to a steep sided peninsula jutting into […]

Riding the Trail to Nugget Creek

Continued…….. Fortunately we packed a tow strap and some tools on our trip up Nugget Creek trail in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, in 1994.  With Bob’s ATV hopelessly stuck, we dug the mud at the high center and shoved branches under the wheels rocking the rig back and forth to gain traction.  Using […]

Trail to Nugget Creek

One memorable research trip in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, began late August 1994 when we towed our two ATV’s through the tiny town of Chitina and followed the McCarthy road about 10 miles to Strelna.  Here a narrow dirt road, the Kotsina, forked to the north leading to the Nugget Creek trailhead at […]

Float Trip Ends at Cordova

Continued…… As the Copper River exits the narrow channel at the Childs Glacier, it spreads out and meanders slowly around sand bars, and islands rife with narrow channels and backwater coves.   Floating slowly in the sunshine leaning back against the inflated side tubes we studied the glacier capped mountains above the east shore.  We lost […]

Million Dollar Bridge and Childs Glacier

Continued……. Paddling across the placid Miles Lake was slow and peaceful, sunshine warmed the rubber raft and its occupants.  With the historic Million Dollar Railway bridge in view, first as a small dot, it was fun to watch it grow larger and larger as we approached until it loomed huge overhead.  Beaching our flotilla we […]

Campsite on Miles Glacier Lake

Continued….. It was a fast, quick trip through the Abercrombie Rapids on the Copper River, unlike the legendary stories about how rough it could be we navigated it like pros.  Bear signs marked heavy use along the right shoreline and the rafts following us spotted a Grizzly sow with two cubs close to the water.  […]

Mt. Wrangell “Ice Field” Original Painting SOLD

Original Painting by Artist Gail Niebrugge Original painting “Ice Field” Acrylic and watercolor 18″ x 24″ on rag paper, matted and framed under glass SOLD Piloting her own single engine Cessna along the lower elevations of the Wrangell Mountains, Alaska, worked fine until artist Gail Niebrugge became so fascinated with the subjects outside the windshield […]

Exploring the Allen River Channel

Continued…. We broke our camp near the Wernicke River on the Copper River, Alaska, in 1998 on the morning of our fourth day, and floated through Baird Canyon to a spot on the east bank at the Allen River lake outwash/overflow channel.  We explored the whole region from the Allen River mouth area on both […]

Float Trip Wernicke River Camp

Continued….. Paddling the rafts past the braided channels and vast sand and mud flats of the confluence of the Bremner and Copper Rivers was tedious and tiring.  We were glad to see the confluence of the Wernicke River on the west shore, and slowly floated close to land until we found a small protected cove […]

More Historic Railroad Trestles

Continued…….. Day three of our 1998 float trip on the Copper River, Alaska, exploring the possibility of creating a Rails to Trails system using the abandoned rail bed of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway from Chitina to Cordova.  We found the area around the Heney Glacier Lake was rife with relics and remains of […]

Discovering Remants of Historic Railway

Continued…… We floated the Copper River on day 3 with the goal to explore the historic Copper River and Northwest Railroad rail bed along the Tasnuna River delta.  Each stop revealed another part of the history of this region.  Braided into many channels, a hiking trail would not necessarily follow the original route of the […]

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