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

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The weather lately.

We are not from here, but the people that are have been telling us that this is not normal weather. This article says that “Anchorage is poised to see the breaking of a weather record that has stood for more than half a century, after more than a month without significant snowfall.”

snowfall_2016.jpgWe bought skis and even got to use them once or twice. That was it. Somehow, Alyeska has gotten over 500″ of snow. The base of the resort is mostly dirt and mud though. Currently, there are many cloud free days. With higher temperatures, we are out hiking in places that we didn’t think we would be until later in the year.Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 8.49.43 PM.pngThe lingering sunsets have been quite incredible. Even with a little Instagram editing.Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 8.49.53 PMScreen Shot 2016-03-16 at 8.52.28 PM

Hiking Falls Creek.

I am sure that there are more hidden, or untouched, or beautiful hikes in Alaska. This hike happens to be about 10 minutes from our house. We are checking these off as often as we can. Once again, we got out of the house late so we were looking for a short hike. This one is only about 3 miles each way. Seemed like no problem.Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 6.19.48 PMRight at the trailhead, there is a beautiful waterfall. We followed the creek uphill. And farther uphill. Up, up, up. After about 3/4 of a mile, I was doubting this decision.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 6.21.08 PMAt the lower elevations, there were trees. Some were even green still. Fall sure does come early here.Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 6.21.22 PMSorry, not sorry about my panorama addiction.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 6.21.35 PMEventually, we broke out of the trees and could see some blue skies.

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As we looked back we could see Turnagain Arm (WikiUpon reaching the head of Cook Inlet, Bligh was of the opinion that both Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm were the mouths of rivers and not the opening to the Northwest Passage. Under Cook’s orders Bligh organized a party to travel up Knik Arm, which quickly returned to report Knik Arm indeed led only to a river.

Afterwards a second party was dispatched up Turnagain Arm and it too returned to report only a river lay ahead. As a result of this frustration the second body of water was given the disingenuous name “Turn Again”. Early maps label Turnagain Arm as the “Turnagain River”.) Turnagain Arm eventually disappeared behind us.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 6.22.12 PMAs we gained elevation, the temperatures dropped. It became very obvious that even on this nice day, it wasn’t getting too warm. Luckily we were hot from walking uphill constantly.Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 6.22.26 PMWe saw snow ahead, but didn’t know how much. We knew we were headed towards a lake.Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 6.22.45 PMTurns out that it was quite a bit of snow for 3100 feet in elevation.Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 6.20.10 PMThe lake, however, was not what we expected!Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 6.20.29 PM

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