McKinley Lake 2002 (yeah baby, yeah)
  All too soon my trip back home was over, even before it really began. Just as I was starting to get comfortable and into the natural rythmn of the area, reality pulled me back to that pit of hell that is known as Hampton, Virginia. AT LEAST I WENT CAMPING UP AT McKINLEY LAKE!!!

   Actually, I went camping there *twice* while I was home, but the second short trip that I made with my brother was more of a meat run than anything else (killing red salmon-- yum). Although I still love that place. McKinley lake IS my favorite place in the world.

   The funny thing about McKinley is how you never see the bears that live in the area. I was up there for a total of five days (of my short 18 days in Cordova), and we never saw a bear or a moose. Of course J.R. is still up there somewhere, as on the second trip Del and I came across some of his gigantic tracks over by the lake outlet. Damn that bear is huge. On the second night of the first trip we made up there we were lucky enough to hear the eery death cries of a seemingly abandoned bear cub. That thing cried for about an hour before something put it out of our misery. You just gotta love nature...
This is just a picture of the lake in the early morning. At the time when I took this picture, a loon was calling across the stillness.
This was right before my brother and I departed for our second trip of the summer up to McKinley. Yeah, we had that little Jeep pretty well loaded down. It was great... until we hit a bump...
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Del cooking on an open flame. He actually can cook some pretty mean pancakes. Just keep him away from a Dutch Oven...
The bear known as "JR" still lives!!! There were only a few tracks left in the mud by this huge brownie. Yeah, it is safe to say that he is at the top of the food chain.
I come to McKinley Lake to catch reds... alot of reds.....
Sarah and Liz chilling by the fire. =)
A nice shot of the platform. We built that thing so we don't have to worry about JR munching on us. It works fairly well. I climbed a tree to take this picture.
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