Hatcher Pass

One of our new favorite places to visit (along with many other Alaskans) is Hatcher Pass. We have only been there a couple of times, but they have been memorable experiences. Especially on the west side catching fish in Willow Creek.

From the Department of Natural Resources, “The 300,000 acre Hatcher Pass Management Area primarily consists of mountainous terrain in the Talkeetna Mountain Range that climb from the 1000 ft. valley floor to summits higher than 6,000 ft. The area includes more than 30 prominent summits and associated glaciers.”Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 10.49.34 PM.pngIt is always beautiful up there, no matter what the weather is.IMG_9746.jpg

2014 Review.

January last year started a lot like this year. Cold and clear. We had moved to the Maple Leaf neighborhood.Maple Leaf Park.In February, we had some cool adventures (puns are ridiculous) including a trip to the Big Four Ice Caves. we weren’t sure if we really believed the signs, but it turns out that we were lucky to witness only a small avalanche.

Big Four Ice CavesThe shoulder seasons seem to be the best for travel, so in March we headed to Ireland.Cliffs of Moher.

When we returned, it didn’t take long for the first minor disaster to occur. I was lucky and I am thankful everyday that I am still loving life. It was one hell of an April.Broken neck.May was full of recovery and photoshoots.SCC nursing program.In June, the weather got better and we were able to spend some time outside with good friends. SUP Rainier.Girls.July was full of surprises, things like Amanda’s appendicitis threw us for a loop, but we pulled through.Amanda flowers.Luckily, I have friends willing to go fishing with me while Amanda recovered.Guys fishing.I explored more places in Washington that I thought were hidden gems.Waterfalls.There was more fishing with friends. There is never enough fishing or friends.Yakima.As my beard got more and more awesome, I also got a chance to check out the Olympic Peninsula. Luckily, I was with one of my most loveable friends.Lando and Rory.

He brought good luck and good fish.

Troot.Amanda and I did crazy things like hike to Lake Serene and drink wine at the zoo.Lake Serene hiking. Woodland Park Zoo wine night.August is the best time to be in the Pacific Northwest. We even went to a Mariners game.

Mariners Game.September is the hidden secret up here. You can read about our amazing vacation, here.

Canada.For Amanda’s birthday in October, we went skydiving, but she was happier buying pumpkins and gourds.Pumpkin girl.November is the time for Chum Salmon and pretty pictures.Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.29.56 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.30.15 PMadventureDecember brought the cold and the holiday season. I am glad that is over. Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.36.47 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.36.57 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.37.36 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.37.04 PMHere is to an even better 2015!

Big Four Ice Caves.



There is a terrible lack of snow in our mountains. We drove to a spot where we thought we could go snowshoeing, but it was raining and muddy. We kept going up in elevation until we found some snow. We parked at the Big Four Ice Caves trailhead and followed the dog tracks until we found the caves. It was an easy trail that was wheelchair accessible nearly the whole way. There was bus and RV parking for what must be mayhem in the summer. Screen shot 2014-01-11 at 11.09.25 AM

When we arrived, I couldn’t help but notice how clear the water was. It was like chocolate milk below here.

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One of the big four.
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One of the caves.Screen shot 2014-01-11 at 11.09.59 AM

Finally some snow!Screen shot 2014-01-11 at 11.09.46 AMDanger!

Cross Country Skiiing.

Amanda got us cross country skis for Christmas. We met up with Uncle Ben when he was in town and he showed us what to do. We have returned to the mountains on our free days to find snowmen and snow caves. It is pretty awesome.skiing Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 2.14.52 PM Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 2.13.27 PM Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 2.14.41 PM Screen shot 2013-02-21 at 2.14.21 PM