I visited Alaska every year from 2006 and 2011.
We got to camp about 7:30 and wanted to take the first decent campsite we found. But the first few sites were all taken. Finally we did find one, and it was quite nice, right on the lake.
It had a narrow peninsula sticking out that made a nice spot to make dinner.
On that peninsula was a very determined spotted sandpiper that tweeted at us quite loudly much of the afternoon and was not at all shy
If you have a fast internet connnection, click here to download a 14 second / 17MB movie so you can watch this bird do its dance and hear it tweet away.
In the morning I awoke early and decided to get up and watch the sunset and catch colors. This shot of Snow Lake was taken just before 5am.
Between Upper and Lower Snow Lakes there is a concrete dam which you have to walk across. It has water running over it this time of year.
Nada Lake, just below Snow
Pikas are small mountain relatives of the rabbit. They like rocky, cool areas, and are supposed to be hard to get a good siting of. This one was on the opposite side of the trail from its home when I sat down for a rest and so found itself cut off from its home until it decided to make the mad dash.
And finally, the last mile of trail, now down to 2000 feet in altitude, crosses a burned forest, usually with hot temps this time of year.