Another beautiful hike. In fact 16/52 that I am trying to get to. It is nice that I need to gain elevation to get to these ptarmigan. It forces me to find difficult hikes.This time I headed up Buffalo Mine Road. There are lots of ATV trails and it would have been nice to have one at some points. When I am sweating and tired I wish for an ATV. Then I remember how much healthier it is to be out there sweating and doing things under your own power.We saw some squirrels and many birds that we were not targeting. The colors of the plants and trees are starting to change and it was a beautiful walk in the woods with the dogs and my bow in my hand.I also don’t spend much time in “the Valley” as it can have a bit of a bad reputation for being a rough area.
Feeling semi confident with my bow, I am looking for places where I can hunt small game. Having two hunting dogs, it seems that I should take them and put them to good use. One area open to hunting that isn’t too far away is the Powerline trail.
Near Indian Valley, hunting is allowed. I headed over there for my first time on the far end of the trail.
It was a beautiful hike and I was too low in elevation to get to any ptarmigan. I think. That is what I tell myself. We did not see any birds. At least I got some steps in. And is was hike 15/52.
We took the family out to Caines Head a couple of times. It is one of our favorite places to visit. We stopped to watch the salmon in the river. The dogs begged for food.The hike through the mossy forest along the coast is amazing.
Once you make it to the beach, you are greeted by views of glaciers across the bay.The dogs love the beach. Some never stop running while searching for birds.The wife always seem to catch fish and look good doing it.
My favorite way to spend time with family involves fishing.
Photos from the amazing Alison Snyder.
Beluga Point.Eklutna Lake.
Amanda and her mom at Eklutna Lake.Ben and I made it a few miles up power line trail. This is looking back towards town.One of the lakes a few miles up power line. He ran, I biked. I was tired. He didn’t seem to notice the fatigue at all.
Hike 12/52. Bird Ridge ain’t no joke. Especially in the winter. It is only 2.5 miles each way, but 3400 feet of elevation gain.
4 dogs and 3 people made it damn near to the top.
We went up, up, and up some more. Like a snowy stair stepper.
The views seemed to just get better and better.
We made it as close to the top as was safe and returned to the car.
Walking was a little tricky for the following few days.
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.
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.