Kenai River.

I get it now. When we first moved here, I was excited to fish the world famous Kenai River. I wasn’t very successful. It is hard to walk and wade the Kenai. It is expensive to hire a guide every time I want to go out. The most logical thing was to buy our own raft. 20180614_111451img_4826img_4885img_0332Now I get it. The Kenai is a magical place when you can access a lot of it whenever you want.

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Bakeries, Boats, and Buskers.

One of the things that I love about vacations is being able to spend time looking for the perfect bakery. We spent one morning visiting a few and trying their baked goods. The best pastries seemed to come from Door County Bakery. They also had the best flowers outside.screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-7-27-39-amWe also had to explore the area by bike to find the best beach. I think that we all agreed that Ferdinand Hotz Park was the best place to have lunch. This is the view of Lake Michigan from the beach.screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-7-28-00-amThis is the view of the beach from Lake Michigan.screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-7-28-17-amFrom our apartment, we walked down to the barbecue overlooking the almighty Green Bay where there was live music. The small figure on the bottom left is a guy playing a guitar and singing. What a way to end vacation days!screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-7-30-39-am

Quick Trip to Kona.

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.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.28.24 AM.pngAs 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.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.30.32 AM.png

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!Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.30.41 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.32.13 AM.png

We threw in a quick stop at End of the World for some cliff jumping.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.32.58 AMScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.33.08 AM

What is a trip to Kona without Scandinavian shave ice? Ice cream, yes, azuki, no thanks.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.34.17 AM.pngStandard Kua Bay Instagram picture? No problem:Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.35.31 AM.png

More fruit please. Sure let’s just grab mangoes from the yard. Complete with post beach sunburn.

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One day we headed to Kamuela on the way to Waipio. We needed roping and history lessons.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.37.02 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.37.54 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.38.29 AM.pngNot enough beach time? Thinking that Alaska is chilly? Might as well get to Hapuna while it isn’t raining!Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.39.15 AM.pngThe last day, Dad dropped us off at the airport and we had another killer sunset all the way home.

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A hui hou.

The biggest adventure.

It started innocently enough. We skied to a cabin outside of town. We drove a couple of hours, strapped on our skis and backpacks, and followed the signs.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.20.21 PMWe arrived at the cabin with the sun shining brightly.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.21.58 PM.pngInside, there was a fire still smoldering from the people that had left before we arrived. It gave us a very welcoming feeling.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.23.47 PM.pngDropping our packs, we headed back out.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.24.39 PM.png

There was even a wood fired sauna!Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.24.49 PMObligatory wood burning stove shot.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.34.54 PM.pngWhy wouldn’t we have smores?Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.35.10 PM.png

We built a fire, made dinner, and had some wine. At some point, I went to put another log on the fire. I noticed this. Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 1.44.38 PM.pngAdmittedly, I was a little tipsy and slightly confused. When I opened it, I found a ring. I put it on and did not disappear, so I was snapped back to reality. We were going to get married. The next day, we celebrated by playing outside some more.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.42.34 PM.png

We are not the type to waste time, so the following day, we submitted an application for marriage. A week or so later, we headed to the courthouse.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 1.32.48 PM.pngScreen Shot 2016-01-26 at 1.33.08 PM.pngIt was after this adventure that we headed up to Hatcher Pass.

Skijoring.

Skijoring with a dog is a sport in which a dog (or dogs) assist a cross-country skier. One to three dogs are commonly used. The cross-country skier provides power with skis and poles, and the dog adds additional power by running and pulling. The skier wears a skijoring harness, the dog wears a sled dog harness, and the two are connected by a length of rope. There are no reins or other signaling devices to control the dog; the dog must be motivated by its own desire to run, and respond to the owner’s voice for direction.Wiki.

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