Lynx Lake Birthday Bash.

We rented a cabin out on Lynx Lake for my birthday. Being Spring, we weren’t sure what the weather would be like. Being Alaska, that can mean a lot of things. Is there snow on the road? Is that lake frozen? Should we bring skis or a canoe? Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 3.18.50 AMWe opted for skis and hoped for the best. In fact, we hoped that it was still winterish out at the cabin. We borrowed a sled to load a bunch of stuff (including an ice auger) and pulled it behind us while we skied in. We are slowly learning how to skijor (mild injuries are normal, right) so we planned on hooking the dogs to the front of us, and the sled to the back. What could possibly go wrong?Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 3.17.02 AMThe first bit of good news is that there was enough snow on the ground to ski. However, there was also enough snow on the road to prevent us from driving all the way to the parking lot. We got semi stuck a couple of times and decided to park on the side of the dirt road and start from there.Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 3.19.03 AMIt was mostly snow, but definitely some ice patches and a few muddy areas thrown in for fun. We fell a couple of times, laughed quite a bit, and definitely wore out the dogs. There is no better feeling than soft snow under you,  gently rolling hills in front of you, and the dogs pulling you through the woods. It is absolutely incredible. And then we arrived at a cabin with this view.Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 3.17.36 AMThe dogs found moose bones. We drilled a hole in the ice. Everyone was happy. It started to rain as we arrived so we were happy to have the firewood that we dragged in on the sled. We were unsure of the ice thickness, so we carefully inched our way onto the lake and began drilling our ice fishing hole. We laughed as it took us 30 minutes to drill through over 20 inches of ice.Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 3.18.04 AMAmanda made some incredible food. Dates that were stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped with bacon. Bread crusted lamb with mint sauce. Chocolate cake layered with peanut meringue. This was a very decadent camping trip.Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 3.19.21 AMAlaska is full of adventure. There were no road signs and no instructions on how to get to the cabin. These are state owned, public use cabins. We had GPS coordinates. A lot of travel in Alaska is still an adventurous, do it yourself style. We love it here.Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 3.18.35 AMHere is a short video:

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