The continuation of a float trip on the Copper River, Alaska, following the Copper River and Northwest Railway rail bed during the summer of 1998. After exploring the Tiekel River tunnel, we arrived at the delta of Cleave Creek to make camp as the sun was setting. Alpen glow bathed the mountains across the Copper River, our campsite was already in shadows. Sunset is around 11:30PM in Alaska during mid summer, we built a bonfire and went about our chores. The landscape was stunning we lingered around the campfire and watched the light fade into darkness on the opposite peaks. It was a very productive, exhausting day.
In the dark we found our tents, fluffed up the sleeping bags and secured the bug screens for a much needed rest this night. Memories of glaciers, mountains, railways, tunnels, waterfalls, filled my head as I slipped into deep dreams and didn’t wake until the sunlight warmed the sides of the tent the next morning. So many beautiful landscapes to paint, so much to see, so much to do, and another day on the river beacons…..
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist