If you wanted to partake in the Gold Rush of 1880-1904, you needed a large backpack and a large piggy bank.

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This corpse flower(Titan Arum) was at Gustavus Adolphus. It doesn’t often flower, but when it does, it produces an intense odor similar to the stench of rotting flesh.

 One of my favorite places. Chilkoot Lake in Haines, Alaska.

One of my favorite places. Chilkoot Lake in Haines, Alaska.

 One of my favorite birds, the American dipper was once known as a water ouzel.

One of my favorite birds, the American dipper was once known as a water ouzel.

 This spot along the Chilkoot River was, as might be expected, peaceful.

This spot along the Chilkoot River was, as might be expected, peaceful.

 If this starling could talk (and they can learn to talk), it would say, “I’m a pretty bird.”

If this starling could talk (and they can learn to talk), it would say, “I’m a pretty bird.”

 Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau.

Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau.