Hike 11/52. There is something awesome about being on a frozen lake. It can be slightly terrifying. I felt confident that we wouldn’t fall through the ice, but then you see a big crack running the length of the lake and your mind starts to think, “what if?”We headed out down the middle of the lake with the wind in our faces. It was sunny, but not very warm.
The mountains don’t seem very far away when you are hiking here. It is only because they are enormous. You walk for hours and the things in the distance don’t seem to get much closer. Alaskan scale is different than other places I have visited.
After a few miles, there is a cabin on the left side of the lake. There is a road that you can walk on to access to the cabin. We returned on the road.It has a bit of a higher vantage point. We saw cyclists, dog sleds, and skiers out on the lake.
The old Fur Rendezvous has come and gone. This year was a little bit different as I got to watch the dog sled race as it went through the park near our house. I also got to compete in the outhouse race, which we won. Things are pretty neat up here, even if they are a little different.
Hike 10/52. This was a new one for me. Just north of Anchorage, we left early one afternoon to go and see what we could see. It was a beautiful sunny day and we parked at Rabbit Slough. Having just got a bow and thinking about hunting sometime, I spent a little too long following rabbit tracks, but didn’t see any animals.
The day was gorgeous and I couldn’t stop taking pictures. There were moose tracks all over the place. Also, there were lots of trails from people snowshoeing.
It was cold and it made the scenery even more spectacular.
From Rabbit Slough, we headed to Reflections Lake and spent the rest of the afternoon there. Even with the water frozen, it was a beautiful spot.The sun was amazing poking through the trees. Seeing our breath and feeling the sting of the cold air made me really appreciate the warmth of our house and a good cup of tea.I even found a tree that had been decorated just for me.
Last year, we did not have much of a winter. There was a sad lack of snow, unusually warm weather, and people mad about having bought a lift tickets to places with no moisture. This year, it is a real Alaskan winter. Running has slowed down and become less frequent, but ice fishing and skijoring has increased.
We rode our bikes to downtown Anchorage and wore party hats while watching the fireworks. While everyone else sat in traffic, we pedaled around town. Yes, it was cold. We were able to pedal from our house.