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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.
Maybe it looks hard. Maybe it was. Maybe it was hillier than we thought it would be. Whatever. Totally counts as hike 5/52 also!
Amanda: 1:50:33 7/146 AG 179/1583 OA
Rory: 1:47:11 13/82 AG 125/1583
We took a quick 4 day trip to Kona to visit my dad. Day one was mostly travel, but we got a beautiful sunset even from the plane. The moon could even be seen in the top left corner. We took this to be a good sign for the upcoming trip.As soon as we arrived, we had to play with the dogs. My dad has the kind of relationship with his dogs like we have with ours.
The weather may have been a little wet, but the temperature was a bit higher than it was in Anchorage. The trip also included a lot of fruit. Papayas from the yard or lilikoi mimosas, fruit was a major part!
We threw in a quick stop at End of the World for some cliff jumping.
What is a trip to Kona without Scandinavian shave ice? Ice cream, yes, azuki, no thanks.Standard Kua Bay Instagram picture? No problem:
More fruit please. Sure let’s just grab mangoes from the yard. Complete with post beach sunburn.
One day we headed to Kamuela on the way to Waipio. We needed roping and history lessons.Not enough beach time? Thinking that Alaska is chilly? Might as well get to Hapuna while it isn’t raining!The last day, Dad dropped us off at the airport and we had another killer sunset all the way home.
A hui hou.
I am a little hesitant to mention the name of this hike or where it leads. Maybe I won’t mention it here, but if you ask I will tell you the name and it will be easy to figure out how to get there with a little research. We went on the afternoon of a holiday. Luckily, I didn’t have school, or I would feel guilty about not studying.
The hike started at an unmarked trailhead. We passed through many different kinds of environments.
The birder is always busy.
There were beautiful marshes and meadows.
The dogs were well behaved as always.
We eventually made it to a beautiful lake where the clouds would come rolling in over the mountains and restrict the visibility to just a few feet. Then as fast as it started, the wind would push the clouds away and the trees, lake, and surrounding peaks would be visible and inspiring.The wildflowers were beautiful in the meadows on the trail leading to the lake.At the lake there is a cabin that is open to the public and stocked by generous hikers. There were three cots, a guitar, Ramen, canned foods, and a spinning rod.
Looking for a ton of fun? Go fish the Hex hatch at Merrill Lake. We arrived a little before 7pm and not much was happening. Both of us on float tubes allowed to explore the deeper parts of the lake, but we knew exactly where to be when the sun goes down.
Every year, like clockwork, when the sky really starts to turn dark, the splashing starts. It sounds like kids throwing rocks from shore. The big Hex bugs are coming off. The fish are eating them. The bats are eating them. The birds are eating them.If you want a real adventure, it is just a 3.5 hour drive from Seattle. Driving for 7 hours just for 1 hour of good fishing. Typical.
If you aren’t following my Instagram, you are missing out on the #waterfallselfie barrage that is occurring. Find me @roryseiter.This tributary to the Stillaguamish has had fantastic fishing this summer. The flows are starting to finally drop so much that I will avoid this area for a while. There is small stream fishing and there is fishing that is detrimental to the fish.Instead, I am taking my friends on bushwhacking adventures and occasionally hook into some small fish.The places that fly fishing takes us is well worth it. Sometimes it is sketchy, sometimes it is uncomfortable, most of the time it is just absolutely beautiful.