Before the snow came, we took our new fat tire bikes to the beach for a quick test run. We ride our bikes to work every day. This is just another excuse to go outside. There are quite a few fat tire cyclists here. It is a great way to wait for the days to get longer.
Hike 8/52 was one that we had done before. Based at the fancy Alyeska Resort there is no shortage of places to stop and warm up before or after hiking in Girdwood.
We set off on our short hike after brunch at The Bake Shop. We drove one car to the the end of the trail and started from the far end of the trail. Our plan was foiled when we found out that the hand tram was no longer operating for the winter. There was hardly any snow, so we sighed and muttered, but continued on.
We had to stop and build a snowman as it was still early in the season and we haven’t had a lot of snow, yet.
The Winner Creek and the snowman.Deciding how to cross when the tram is closed.We somehow still had a lot of fun and wore ourselves out.When we got home, this happened. I would call it a success.
Yes. Moose nose stew. Why would you waste the nose? I am eating many things that I have never imagined before. I am not a fan of anything that comes from water, so I am so excited to be eating more land animals. Friends came by with caribou and moose meat. It is delicious. Caribou sausage in on the menu for dinner tonight. However, this story happened a couple of weeks ago. Someone came to work with moose nose stew. They offered to let me try it. If you eat something different and don’t post it online, did it really happen?
Squeeze your earlobe. It was a little softer than that. And chewy. Marinated in moose snot was the description that I was told after I ate it. 5/10 I would eat it again. Would you try it?
This was my first attempt at steelhead fishing since moving to Alaska. I have been talking about it and hearing stories for a while. I was told that we should have pumpkin pie for breakfast to keep the fish gods happy.
Finally, it was time to make the four hour drive to the place I have been hearing all about, Anchor Point. Ninilchik River, Deep Creek, and the Anchor River are all on the road system and have great access. This means nothing if you don’t know anything about the area. The first stop was the world famous Fly Box.Once we had the hand drawn map (it costs extra) and the magic flies, we were on our way. The first stop was the Anchor River. Mark and I took a lot of selfies.We both caught some fish right off the bat and felt pretty good about the trip we had made. They were not however, the Steelhead that we had come looking for.Now we were in an area that they apparently don’t like people getting too close.I know why they don’t want you around. Because they really do have big fish in Anchor Point! My very first Steelhead and I could not be happier.Of course we kept fishing and kept getting luckier and luckier.
I was feeling pretty chuffed by the time #3 grabbed a hold of this magic fly.
The next day, we got up feeling like we might know what we were doing. The lack of pumpkin pie for breakfast proved us wrong. The next day, all of the fish were gone. So we left. Ready to return next year. I am starting to feel like the fish themselves. I will be returning to the same rivers around the same time each year.
Hike 7/52 for the 52 hike challenge. This is a popular trail and quite an easy hike. Most of the mild uphill is in the beginning.
Eventually, you make it into the valley below. The creeks that drain out of the lakes are two different colors.I am still addicted to panoramic photos.The further into the valley you walk, the more boulders begin to appear.Eventually arriving at the lakes, you can see why the two creeks are different colors.One lake (Eagle) is the turquoise color of the glacial silt. The other (Symphony) is snow melt and precipitation. They are separated by a narrow ridge. It is a beautiful hike near Anchorage.The creek crossings were easier for some of us.
It has been a busy end of the summer. I love the fall for fishing though. This monster trout was gorging on salmon flesh. Quite a memorable fish for me.
Small crowd at Bird Creek in August.Amanda completed her first marathon.We still had some nice weather along the coast.
We moved out of our house that often had moose in the front yard.But we bought this house and put a fish in the front yard.
Mostly, we bought it so the dogs would have a big back yard.The trails nearby also are fantastic.
I love fall fishing.
When you are in Wisconsin, there seems to be a bit of drinking going on. When you are on vacation, there seems to be a bit of drinking going on. When you combine the two, it gets fun. We stopped at Wollersheim Winery and Distillery for a tasting and tour. It was fantastic. The grounds were beautiful.The history of the place was fascinating to me. From their website, “In the 1840s, the Hungarian nobleman Agoston Haraszthy discovered the sloped land where the winery sits today, and planted it with grapevines. During his short time in Wisconsin, Haraszthy also incorporated the state’s first town, Sauk City.” What a busy guy. I also like where his head was. He eventually gave up Wisconsin for a different wine growing area, California. Turns out, it was a good move.
We made it out of the winery, even if we wanted to stay, and found our way (barely) to a farm. It was a beautiful space with chickens, a cat, a dog, some kind of farmers, and an old farmhouse. It was a great way to be introduced to the next part of our adventure, the Wisconsin Dells.