Eklutna Hiking.

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?”Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 12.02.05 PMWe headed out down the middle of the lake with the wind in our faces. It was sunny, but not very warm.¬†Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 12.01.46 PM

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.Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 12.02.17 PM.png

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.Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 12.02.30 PMIt has a bit of a higher vantage point. We saw cyclists, dog sleds, and skiers out on the lake.

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Reflections 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.

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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.

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It was cold and it made the scenery even more spectacular.

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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.Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 7.36.20 AM.pngThe 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.Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 7.36.34 AM.pngScreen Shot 2017-02-05 at 7.36.52 AM.pngI even found a tree that had been decorated just for me.Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 7.37.11 AM.png

Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree.

Every year, I complain about finding the perfect tree. Every year, I go out and whine for hours about how cold it is and how dumb we are for being out there. This year was no different. We went out in stupidly cold temperatures and looked at hundreds of trees that all looked the same to me.screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-18-37-pmI stopped to take a couple of pictures. I was pretty happy when we weren’t actively hunting for a tree. It is rather beautiful. I hate to admit it.screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-19-33-pmThis is my favorite way to look at the trees. From the warmth of a car.

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We headed into Hope, Alaska, hoping (hahahahaha) for a warm meal or really just for something to be open. There was a kayak place that will microwave a sandwich for you. The cafe was closed.screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-20-20-pm

It was rather beautiful, but I hate to admit it.screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-20-37-pmWe found lots of snow. That is better than last year!

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Seward Getaway.

Seward is just far away enough to feel like you are on vacation, but close enough to spend just a couple of day there. We took off for a couple of days and found the place deserted. Winter here is great! Don’t tell anyone.

The tides are incredible. Leaving lots of places to explore.

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The view from our cabin. Loft upstairs with a bed below.

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The view from the bedroom was pretty amazing.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-47-04-pmWhen we first arrived, we loved the sunshine and snow combination.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-43-47-pmWe found an old railroad car near our cabin.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-44-22-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-44-41-pmWith so many places to explore, it is hard to return to the same place twice. Seward keeps calling us back.

Winner Creek, Girdwood, AK.

Hike 8/52 was one that we had done before. Based at the fancy Alyeska Resort there is no shortage of places to stop and warm up before or after hiking in Girdwood.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-31-14-pm

We set off on our short hike after brunch at The Bake Shop. We drove one car to the the end of the trail and started from the far end of the trail. Our plan was foiled when we found out that the hand tram was no longer operating for the winter. There was hardly any snow, so we sighed and muttered, but continued on.

We had to stop and build a snowman as it was still early in the season and we haven’t had a lot of snow, yet.

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The Winner Creek and the snowman.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-33-53-pmDeciding how to cross when the tram is closed.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-30-43-pmWe somehow still had a lot of fun and wore ourselves out.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-31-01-pmWhen we got home, this happened. I would call it a success.

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Moose Nose Stew.

Yes. Moose nose stew. Why would you waste the nose? I am eating many things that I have never imagined before. I am not a fan of anything that comes from water, so I am so excited to be eating more land animals. Friends came by with caribou and moose meat. It is delicious. Caribou sausage in on the menu for dinner tonight. However, this story happened a couple of weeks ago. Someone came to work with moose nose stew. They offered to let me try it. If you eat something different and don’t post it online, did it really happen?

Screen Shot 2016-10-31 at 4.14.29 PM.pngSqueeze your earlobe. It was a little softer than that. And chewy. Marinated in moose snot was the description that I was told after I ate it. 5/10 I would eat it again. Would you try it?