Rode the McKinley Express to Denali National Park and saw lots of wildlife along the way. Took the Tundra Excursion in Denali and saw grizzly bears, Dall sheep, caribou, red fox, moose, porcupine, etc. The best sighting for me was the Long-tailed Jaeger. Took a hike on the Taiga Trail to Horseshoe Lake. Arrived in Fairbanks and was warm for the first time since we began our journey. Took a riverboat ride on the Chena River and visited a mock Athabascan fish camp where native interpreters gave presentations. Photographed a beautiful young Inuipac woman in the sunshine ruff parka, and got permission to paint her-a painting for sure. Most of the day on the Alaska Highway to Tok where we spent the night. Today we will stop in Chicken, Alaska (they couldn't spell "ptarmigan") and then cross the Yukon River by ferry into Canada. Tonight we will be in Dawson City.
Growing up on a Missouri farm, I learned to love the outdoors and its creatures. I earned a BS and MS in biology from Emporia State University, and taught biology for fourteen years. Working as a park ranger naturalist for many summers, the beauty of Yellowstone inspired me to return to painting. I have studied with several outstanding watercolor painters, exhibited work in national shows, and received many awards.
The versatility of watercolor continues to intrigue me. Carrying a small watercolor box and sketchbook when hiking or backpacking allows me to enjoy plein air painting. I also work in the studio because summers are short in the high country near Laramie, Wyoming.