Is this really Planet Earth?

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Photography by Robert Swetz

Is this really Planet Earth?


I have been to some very strange looking places in my life but this area took me by surprise.

Several years ago one of my nephews named Donny that lives in Alaska brought us up to Hatcher Pass located approx 20 miles north of Wasilla. There is a old historical abandoned mine at Hatcher Pass along with Red Cabins for snow skiing and winter activities.

When we first arrived at Hatcher Pass I was snapping photos of the Red Cabins and mountains. Then my Donny said let's go to another place you really have to see ...

So we drove up a dirt road up the mountain that peaks out and then leads down to the main road going to Fairbanks. When we got to the top of the pass Donny said if you take these hiking trails up around 2 miles you will come to several small mountain ponds and it's great for photographs. We didn't hike that day because the sun was setting and it was very cold around 30 degrees with high winds at 8000+ feet elevation.

So the next day me and the boys went for a hike. When we were up there it was so quite that you could hear your heart beating along with total silence. It was very strange looking up there like a world I have never seen before, and for a moment I imagined being on another planet.


Photography by Robert Swetz

 If you ever get the chance to visit Alaska and drop into Anchorage, drive 40 miles north to Wasilla and ask anyone in town where Hatcher Pass is. Drive up to Hatcher Pass and when you get to the Red Cabins look north and you will see cars & trucks driving up a dirt road. Take that road up around 1-2 miles, park and hike up a steep trail another mile or so to several small mountain ponds ... You will be AMAZED ;o)

Photography by Robert Swetz

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Comments (15)

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hatcher Pass is a Locals hangout and has now been exposed by me ...  several times in the last few years!

Jul 22, 2018 10:56 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

It's definitely a beautiful area Robert. Some of the most remote locals are striking in their uniqueness. Glad Donny took you up past Hatcher Pass so you could share your experience with us 

Jul 22, 2018 12:41 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz

Thanks for the stop Debe 

Jul 23, 2018 05:30 PM
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Hi Bob: Great photos!---Is this a volcanic area? Looks like craters to old defunt volcanos to me. The one place on earth I have not been is Alaska--always wanted to do that so maybe now I will do that...I love to hike!! Thanks for the interesting post!

Jul 22, 2018 12:44 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz

Hello Paula and hopefully you will get that chance to visit and hike in Alaska!

Jul 23, 2018 05:32 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Debe thanks for stopping by and since my first visit to Hatcher Pass I have been there many times, it's so beautiful and relaxing ;o)

Jul 22, 2018 03:01 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Paula and yes I am pretty sure that this area was vocanic at one time. And if you ever get to visit Alaska and you have the chance to hike you will follow your visit with many more in the future later. The beauty will hook you and bring you back to visit over and over.

Jul 22, 2018 03:06 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Pretty amazing photos Robert Vegas Bob Swetz !  Alaska is not for the faint of heart. 

Jul 22, 2018 07:14 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I love the landscapes.  Still looks like earth to me.  Just more hardcore landscapes than some of the others you have posted.

Jul 22, 2018 07:55 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Morning VB.

You know you're just adding fuel to the fire for us.  Don't know about the hike, but it is a thought.

Jul 23, 2018 02:17 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That is definitely one of the more alien landscapes I've seen, Bob!  Love the history surrounding them too.

Jul 23, 2018 03:38 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Bob, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Jul 23, 2018 03:39 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz

Hello Myrl and thanks so much for the featured, always a privilege ;o)

Jul 23, 2018 05:52 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Sheri and no it's not and thanks for stopping by my friend ;o)

Jul 23, 2018 05:39 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Chris Ann, and are you sure this is planet earth? Kidding ;o)

Jul 23, 2018 05:50 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James, thanks for stopping by and if you take your time the hike is well worth it ;o)

Jul 23, 2018 05:58 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Myrl and it's funny you mentioned this, look who I ran into just after my hike at Hatcher Pass ... Some long distant relatives 

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Jul 23, 2018 06:14 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

What gorgeous photos Robert Vegas Bob Swetz and yes, you can easily imagine being on another planet.  Hopefully Hollywood won't take notice and ruin the natural setting making a film there!

Jul 25, 2018 07:11 PM