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@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
Nice one Ari, like you I love that neck of the world in winter.Jan 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm #2064996
Wonderful article and pictures Ike.Jan 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm #2065006
@bestbuilderLocale: Pacific Northwest
Ike, I truly enjoyed the article. You were able to capture the feeling inside many of us, the need to get outside. For some, the nastier the conditions, the deeper the drive.
TadJan 22, 2014 at 1:40 am #2065047
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
CheersJan 22, 2014 at 7:06 am #2065078
Good stuff as always Ike. I'd love to be around watching you work to get some of your photos shot.Jan 22, 2014 at 7:53 am #2065088
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
What a fantastic look at that area in Winter! It's a good reminder that there are many places to backpack besides the mountains.
What kind of skis are you using? I've used wider cross country skis designed for backcountry/trail breaking use, but yours look fatter yet.
Thanks for the (warm) armchair journey :)Jan 22, 2014 at 8:05 am #2065096
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I love everything about this article, starting with Superior Jack. It makes me want to get out and renew my winter exploration of the Baltic Sea coast.Jan 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm #2065206
@cyndylovejoyLocale: Pacific Northwest
Great article, you make that gray look beautiful, thanks for sharing.Jan 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm #2065210
Yeah this can get tricky. I swear, my dachshund can perfectly detect my excitement level and it gets him totally amped up. I have to watch my mood before heading out for an adventure without him so he doesn't get heartbroken!
Great article Roger. You really captured the way some of us look at the world as an opportunity to appreciate, even if we have to zip up our jackets & bundle up w/mittens.Jan 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm #2065215
"Great article Roger."
Into the Gray, by Ari “Ike” JutkowitzJan 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm #2065218
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
"Yeah this can get tricky. I swear, my dachshund can perfectly detect my excitement…"
My Aussie recognizes what shoes I'm putting on which is enough to get him excited and the sight of a backpack or trekking pole puts him into high gear. The appearance of his backpack launches him into crying and running sound the house. We've found it helps to take him for a short walk before putting him in the car, so he lays down and sleeps rather than crying loudly in my ear. Needless to say, he LOVES to go hiking.Jan 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm #2065220
@cooldripLocale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
Brilliant as always Ike! You live in a winter wonderland, wish we had winter like that down here.
ScottJan 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm #2065244
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@speltLocale: SW/C PA
I love your trip reports.Jan 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm #2065270
The best of trip reports- great words and great images!Jan 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm #2065280
What a great article! It was this sort of thing that first got me interested in BPL.com. Wish we had more of them. Thank you so much, Ike/Ari!Jan 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm #2065288
Wonderful read. Thanks.
Were you alone when this was taken? If "Yes" –
Did you delay the camera and sprint?
Or have a far reaching remote?
Thanks.Jan 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm #2065301
Look at this guy! What a romantic!
Right out of a Caspar David Friedrich painting…
Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, oil, 1818.Jan 22, 2014 at 7:58 pm #2065313
@carpenhLocale: St. Vrain River Valley
An awesome trip report. The words and images took me back to my days growing up/living in da UP… and made me want to go back ASAP. :)Jan 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm #2065347
@dipinkLocale: Western Washington
Now I want some pancake ice! Beautiful!Jan 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm #2065354
@richard295Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Great trip report… Thanks!Jan 23, 2014 at 2:59 am #2065381
@butukiLocale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Wonderful story! Not only are the photographs a wonder to take the time to slowly contemplate, but the tone of the story… starting with that clandestine beginning… gives it a real feeling of adventure. Loved it!
Craig, +1 on the Caspar David Friedrich painting!Jan 23, 2014 at 5:21 am #2065394
Well, dang! A few of the ads that have shown up on BPL recently had predisposed me to expect this article to be about the next ten shades of that color. Imagine my disappointment! (just kidding)
That lake is a powerful magnet, I'll be yielding to the attractive force emanating from its north shore the weekend after next … but not solo and only day tripping.
Great report Ike. I continue to be impressed by your pushing your solo envelope. Also impressed by your spouse's tolerance (possibly even acceptance?).Jan 23, 2014 at 7:43 am #2065422
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Such wonderful writing and photography, Ike! Thank you.
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