February at Loon Lake

Back from a day of skiing into Denali’s presence

This view from our cabin at Loon Lake we often call “Denali T.V.” as we sit and watch it “change channels” all day long. As clouds shift and light slants in from low angles now in winter, the shadows create entirely new views as the day passes. But it is the presence of The Great One that is so deeply satisfying. It grounds our experience in this place and literally lifts our spirits, never waning after my coming here for 40 years. Our days fall into a routine of timelessness. We wake when we wake. We eat when we are hungry. We notice what we want to do but without agenda. The snow is 5 feet deep this year after some recent slim years. Our 8 days here alternated between cloudless days to 3 days of heavy snow, accumulating up to 2 feet. It is a wild place, 5 miles from the road system. Days begin to lengthen in February yet the temperatures keep us stuffing the wood stove all night long.

Cross-country skis frame the sauna and woodshed
The cache where we store supplies during summer to keep the critters out

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