Category Archives: Alaska Happenings

Mt. Redoubt Volcano

We are heading back up to Alaska on the 18th of May for the summer season.  We have guests for Memorial Day weekend so we will have lots of work to do to get the park ready.  As usual, I will try to keep you informed of what is happening as the summer progresses.  Lots to do this summer as we have to build a new office and complete the interior of the lodge.  I also want to extend the deck area and build a campground fire pit.  I hope to also do some fishing!!

Mt. Redoubt with steam and ask cloud
Mt. Redoubt with steam and ash cloud

I am sure that most of you know that Mt. Redoubt (55 miles across the Cook Inlet from us) has erupted again this year and is sending steam and ash into the air on a regular basis. Our neighbor Paul Elkins has been kind enough to keep us updated with pictures of the eruption.  This photo taken from the same spot as the previous photo in the February blog this time showing the steam and ash rising from the volcano.

Backside of Mt. Redoubt at sunset
Backside of Mt. Redoubt at sunset

The Alaska Volcano Observatory published this photo in their May update.  It’s a beautiful photo of the steam and ash rising out of the cauldron on the rear side of Mt. Redoubt.
So far the ash deposit on the Peninsula has been moderate as the prevailing winds have been carrying most of it north and west.  The volcano is currently building a dome in the cauldron and the seismic activity has decreased significantly.  It is still steaming and expected to continue this summer.  A violent eruption is not expected.  We are anxious to get up there and see it for ourselves.

Alaska winter

Kasilof Alaska – March 1

Kasilof RV Park Lodge
Kasilof RV Park Lodge

Our neighbors in Kasilof, Paul and Martha Elkins sent us some photos when they got back to Alaska at the end of February.  It looks like there is about 8 to 12 inches of snow on the roof of the lodge.  Paul indicated that this has been a very cold winter there with temperatures below -40 degrees.  March is the snowy season so we will see how much more we get.  We plan to be there the 19th of May and have a lot of work to do to get ready for the summer guests.

Mt. Redoubt across the Cook Inlet
Mt. Redoubt across the Cook Inlet

Paul also sent us this beautiful photo of Mt. Redoubt.  As some of you may have read, Redoubt has been steaming this winter and the earthquake activity has increased significantly since the first of the year.  The Alaska Volcano Observatory has indicated that they expect it to erupt again although the seismic activity has seemed to decrease somewhat in the past couple of weeks.  The cauldron where the volcanic domes are on the opposite side of the mountain in this picture and you can’t see steam rising from it in this photo.  It is approximately 50 to 75 miles away from the Kasilof RV Park.