"We drank the sun;
Shared the wind;
Being part of one inceased the wonder;
The moment passed, still unreal ..
Yet frozen in a timeless state of feeling ..."
In Alaska's back-country north of Nome, many timeless rivers originate in
the Kigluaik Mountains, seen here from the north at Pilgrim Hot Springs.
Glaciers filled the north-facing cirques as early as 4,000 years ago,
and a few glacial remnants remain at the head of the Crater and Grand Central River drainages.
Storm tracks that move northward onto the Seward Peninsula from the North Pacific area bring up to about 2.5 meters of snow annually to these mountains.
Recent reports on climatic change suggest that the glacial remnants in these
mountains will completely disappear within the next 25 years.
July 22, 2012