Barber Cabin.

In February, we started planning our summer activities. We found that the Barber Cabin was available for a couple of nights in the middle of May. To us, summer is May, June, and July, no matter what the weather is doing. These are the best times to have nice weather.

I packed up the dogs and gear for a couple of days and headed out to the Kenai Peninsula. It has been pretty grey and rainy for the beginning of our summer. I was excited to get out of town.img_4681

It is a short and easy walk to the cabin. I was testing out having Finn carry some supplies. The boys did well. I was careful not to overpack their packs for the first hike of the season. Finn was unsure until he saw his first grouse. Then he completely forgot that he had a pack on his back.img_4682

I had left Anchorage in the rain and it was grey, windy, and sporadically raining on the trail. The trail is wide and mostly flat. The cabin is almost accessible by wheelchair.img_4684When we arrived, the cabin was warm and the stove still had some heat in it. That is a great feeling. Thanks to the people that I passed on the trail. They were hunting bears and like wire haired pointers. Life in Alaska.img_4720We didn’t see any bears which I found surprising. Of course, two loud dogs with bear bells may have helped alert the cautious Ursidae. There is allegedly good fishing in the lake. The cabin was conveniently close to the lake and canoe is provided in the cabin rental. When the wind picked up, there were whitecaps on the lake and we hunkered down in the cabin. When the wind slowed, Lando showed Finn how to fetch things in the water. Finn is still apprehensive about swimming.img_4727-effectsWe took the canoe out on the lake during a calm spell. We didn’t catch or see any fish. We did see a moose swim across the lake. That got Finn excited enough to stand on the bow.img_4714This is a great cabin that is easily accessed. Check it out after fishing the Russian River. The Russian Lakes Trail looks like another place to explore more this summer.img_4713

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Dear Sweet Obi.

Our little English Pointer, Obi Wan, passed away recently. We knew that he had dilated cardiomyopathy as he had fainted a few times. We took him to the vet and eventually a dog cardiologist and were given the bad news.  We hoped that we would have a little more time with him, but he lived a great life full of adventures. He taught us not to slow down unless you are cuddling with loved ones. He went to sleep one night, tucked in with a blanket over him. When we woke up, he had passed away and was in the same position. No suffering, no pain. We are sad that it happened, but he brightened our life while he was in it.IMG_3999.jpgIMG_4007.jpg

Winter is coming, maybe.

It has been a rather warm fall, but the snow is here to stay and we are acting accordingly.rory12.jpgThe sunrises and sunsets are incredible with our shorter days and longer nights.IMG_3943.jpgThe walks with the dogs require us getting more and more bundled up as the temps drop. The dogs need to keep moving to stay warm.IMG_3953.jpgWe are able to take our fat bikes to more locations as the snow settles in. This is the Middle Earth trail in Kincaid Park. One of our favorites.IMG_3963.jpgLando braves the cold runs with me and never complains.IMG_3968.jpg

Booties are sometimes necessary for skijoring.IMG_3975.jpg

Professional Dog Photos

Obi had been passing out so we took him to the vet. He was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. We were told that he wouldn’t have much longer to live. I surprised Amanda with some professional pet photos for her birthday.

IMG_3785.jpgobilan2.jpglando3.jpgobilan1.jpgobi13S.jpgobi8.jpgSo I got the boys dressed in their finest bow ties and had Nancy of On The Loose take some outstanding pictures. We couldn’t be happier.IMG_3784.jpg

Birds: 4, Rory: 0

Hike 18/52. Took the guys out on another steep and empty hike. Obi did flush one bird that flew down 1000 feet in elevation to the trees. I did not want to hike down to tree line and back up. He did his job, I did not.

IMG_3657.jpgIMG_3660.jpgThere were still blueberries (this was taken in late September).IMG_3665.jpgIMG_3662.jpgThe views were incredible and the pictures never do it justice.IMG_3667.jpg

Hiking Bird Ridge.

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. Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 6.34.06 PM.png
4 dogs and 3 people made it damn near to the top.Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 6.34.34 PM.png

We went up, up, and up some more. Like a snowy stair stepper.Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 6.35.54 PM.png

The views seemed to just get better and better. Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 6.37.03 PM.png

We made it as close to the top as was safe and returned to the car.Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 6.37.12 PM.png

Walking was a little tricky for the following few days.

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