The photo above is the view from our tent on the sandbar at the confluence of the Uranatina River and the Copper River, Alaska, on the first night of our float trip from Chitina to Cordova in 1998. A beautiful end to a rainy, cloudy day.
The next morning we woke to this scene, lifting clouds exposed snow covered peaks and blue sky along the route south on the Copper River. What a beautiful day! We had a delicious hot breakfast, loaded gear back into dry bags securing them in the rafts and launched into the sunshine.
Floating quietly the only sounds were the flow of fast moving water as it swirled and eddied around rocks and trees, and glacier silt scraping along the bottom of the rubber raft. Three Trumpeter swan resting in a slough along the edge of the river took flight as we approached, their beautiful trumpeting sounds pierced the calm, then faded into the distance. Leaning back, resting against the soft inflated sides we allowed the current to carry us forward watching nature pass by, feeling the warmth of the sun. Heaven on earth, moments in time to be savored and remembered.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist