Kevin Mikkelsen: Blog en-us Images by Kevin Mikkelsen and are copyrighted. Use by permission only (2006-2018) (Kevin Mikkelsen) Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:42:00 GMT Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:42:00 GMT Kevin Mikkelsen: Blog 120 82 Fall is in the air! JF2_3236JF2_3236

 As the Labor Day weekend approaches, remembrances of past summer activities come to mind. Hiking in the High Uintas and a 10 day trip into the waterfall rich country of Oregon. Now as the warmer months begin to fade, my mind is turned to the most colorful time of year...... Autumn!

 Autumn is the season I so look forward to with anticipation. Each year is different and unexpected. Two years ago a friend and I spent several days in the Dixie Nat'l Forest of southern Utah and captured some amazing images..... the colors were incredible and the conditions that prevailed were unequaled. The same location last year resulted in the aspens changing from green to brown almost overnight...... a depressing sight to say the least. The summer of 2013 was unusually hot and dry. This past summer of 2014 has blessed us with average temps with only a few days that eclipsed the century mark. Another benefit has been the abundant rain that has covered the state with the blossoming of the monsoon season. With these two factors in mind, I am hopeful that the deciduous trees will be in a great mood to put on an above average color display. Of course there are other considerations that come into play such as cool nights without freezing temps and early wintry conditions (which can raise havoc among the apsen population). Not knowing what may come in the next month and a half is part of that anticipation. Here's to a beautiful and colorful Autumn season!


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The Green of Oregon 'Yaquina Head Sunrise' ~ near Newport'Yaquina Head Sunrise' ~ near Newport

  Wow! That is all I can say. There are many other adjectives that can be used but that is the one that describes our May 30-June 9th, 2557 driving miles, 28 hiked miles, 24 waterfalls visited and 2 lighthouses adventure to the green state of Oregon! The conditions we enjoyed were not typical of late May/early June.....many days of sunshine and blue sky with the occasional kind of clouds that create dramatic photographs. I hope you can spend some time and view the images which I have been blessed to capture on my website. As time allows, I will continue to sift through the gigabytes of information and post those that convey best the beauty of this state. Thanks to those who we had the opportunity to meet and get to know. Oregon is filled with great people who understand the treasure they have at their doorstep, and are willing to share that which they have.

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Peak bagging preparation..... The view from above is so much better........

To gain that view, a little preparation and effort is required. Its early March now, and my thoughts at this time of year are usually drawn to the beauty of the High Uinta Mountains of northeastern Utah..... 13,000 foot peaks, over 1,000 lakes, trails, open flowered meadows, alpine tundra....... all the things that evoke imagery to the mind of peace and solitude. The only range in the lower 48 with an east-west orientation. However, right now, that region is blanketed in the depths of winter snow and is mostly shut out to cross country travel. But as the months progress, the Earths location in its path around the solar system slowly brings the needed warmth of the sun through longer days of light. Until access is achievable in the summer months, I must make the necessary preparations to be able to meet the challenges and goals I have made for myself.





Years ago my Dad introduced our family to the wonders of backpacking. I believe it was from a friend he worked with that told him of the great fishing possibilities that can be found in remote and seldom accessed backcountry lakes. With that bit of information in hand, he set out to purchase the latest equipment available for getting himself and his family to a place we had never been before. The prospect of this type of new adventure sounded fun at first, that is until we started off on the trailhead in pursuit of a place called Naturalist Basin. "Its only 6 1/2 miles", he said. For a group of four children ranging in age from 7 to 17 and taking into account the hiking ability combined in all 6 family members, the going was slow to say the least. Needless to say our destination was not reached on day 1. Instead, a side trail to Packard lake was taken because of our lack of knowledge about this new found recreational outlet. One of the lessons learned quickly was that the type of packs we were using were of the garden budget variety that had little back or shoulder support. Lesson two was that when you are in a high altitude location, expending great amounts of energy, a cup of noodles doesn't cut it! After a restless nights sleep, we reacquired the main trail and resumed our trek to this mysterious place. Upon arriving at our destination, despite all the turmoil we had been through, I had never before seen such a beautiful lake.......Jordan lake that is. Surrounded by mountains, reflective water.....deep and dark, pines all around. A forest paradise. Although it was the fourth of July, many icebergs still remained on the surface of the lake, reminding us that winter had only recently departed and that the next two nights sleep were going to bring a chill to our weary bones. Despite all the rigors of our families first expedition, much was learned and many incredible memories were made. Using that experience as a reference point, all other trips have since been more enjoyable.

Now that I am entering the second have of life's adventure, I still feel spry enough to continue the legacy of reaching remote backcountry locations. With each passing year a little more physical preparation is needed to meet the demands of high elevation, rocky summits and altitude changes. A great inspiring example of this is from a man who has hiked the Uintas from his 16th year in 1962 to now......and continues to do so. This man is Cordell Anderson. Approaching his 80th year he has the attitude and mentality of a youngster. "Never give up", he states. So true.......... being the one to decide what the outcome of his circumstances is, is his hallmark.

With this information in mind, I too will 'go forth and conquer'. Looking forward to another season of outdoor activity. Join me if you will.


Kevin -

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Adventures in Southern Utah  

       Well, another adventure with great success accomplished! Bill Singleton and I ventured into the slot canyons of northern Arizona and southern Utah from May 22-25th and were able to get in a lot of hiking and well as superb photographic opportunities. Please see my 'recent images' page for the results.

        We have just posted the list of Photographic Workshops/Expeditions for the remainder of 2013. Hope you can join us for any or all of them. Call or email us for information.



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New Adventures 'Rainbows and Buttes' - Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness

  Well, here goes the launching of an updated website that is certainly an impovement over the last one. Zenfolio has done remarkably well in creating an option for those of us that aren't so technologically advanced in web design.

  Lots of new things going on right now. On January 31st I retired from the US Postal Service after 23 years of "I can't take this any more!" The internal structure of the P.O. is such that it is having a dramatic affect on its employees, specifically those who actually 'do the necessary work'. Management, from the top down, is attempting to get more blood from turnips and there isn't anything left to give. The emotional stress and aggravation is more than I could bear, so when they offered an early out back in October 2012, and after Sandy and I got some numbers crunched, it worked out so I could finally escape the madhouse that it has become. The atmosphere from the time I started there in 1990 has changed as compared to night and day. I feel sympathy for my comrades that I left in the jaws of the beast. My hope is that their situation may improve so that they can find solace.


  With my departure from my previous job, a new one has presented itself and on Feb 25, 2013 I will start fresh. Along with this new venture, time will be alloted to persue my photographic exploits by providing 'Photographic Expeditions' to various locations in the Intermountain West. The dates have already been set for two guided trips into the South Coyote Buttes/White Pocket region of the Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. These dates are as follows: April 24-27th and May 22-25th, 2013. These locations are remote, yet the geology of this area is unsurpassed in beauty. If you are one who is interested in one of these two field trips please dont hesitate to contact me through my website and get registered early to receive detailed information. There is a limited amount of space available.


  More to come......

  Take care everyone,


  Kevin Mikkelsen -

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