“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” -John Muir
14 Miles with a 70% chance of rain? Throw in a couple of wonderful sidekicks, and we say yes! I am so glad we did not throw in the towel on this hike. We hiked in the Chugach National Forest, from the Primrose Trailhead through to the Lost Lake Trailhead near Seward, Alaska. What a spectacular day! Not only did this hike include amazing scenery and very little rain, but there were endless berries, and we had our heads in the clouds for a while. Never before have I hiked literally into the clouds; it was incredible. Within the clouds, the air felt thick and damp; we could barely see in front of us. It was an experience I will never forget.
To get back to the endless berries, I tasted many new varieties of berries on this hike (thankfully I had someone who knew what they were talking about with me!). We ate wild raspberries, blueberries, service berries, salmon berries, watermelon seed berries….soooo delicious! We saw many of my favorite little black flowers (I should figure out what they are!), “super mario” mushrooms, purple (Yes, purple!) pinecones, moss, mushroom covered trees, this interesting white cover we decided to call forest coral…so many beautiful things. There is something pretty amazing about much of the water in Alaska-nothing will ever compare to that beautiful teal color. What a wonderful world we live in!
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This day (way back in July! I am so far behind!) will go down as the day that officially changed my mind about fishing. Not only was it seriously THE BEST day fishing, ever, but I out-fished Daniel. This is always a win in my book…not that I’m competitive or anything…
Once again, Daniel made me get up at O’Dark Thirty (imagine if you will, just for a moment, that dark exists in July in Alaska) to go fishing. I begrudgingly got up, got dressed, and threw on my lucky hat. My lucky hat one: because I love it, and two: because it requires no combing of my hair. We drove a couple hours down to Whittier, Alaska, which happens to be on the other side of this crazy old train tunnel, the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. Here, you have to wait because there is only one way traffic. This is the “longest (2.5 miles) highway tunnel in North America, and the first designed for -40 Fahrenheit temperatures and 150 mph winds!” –http://www.alaska.org/detail/whittier-tunnel. I wish I would’ve taken a picture of this tunnel, it is a sight to see. When you hit the other side of this tunnel, you arrive in the amazing, quaint little town of Whittier. Whittier is riddled with glaciers, and is about the cutest town you will ever see.
On this particular morning, the fog was so thick that as we launched the boat, my anxiety was enough to make me want to go home. Not wanting to sound like a baby, I swallowed my fear and got on the boat…and bit my tongue as we drove out into the open ocean. Okay, okay, it was more like a bay. The Prince William Sound, to be accurate. Much to my surprise, the fog made for a calm, beautiful morning, and brought the fish out in droves. I was catching so many fish, and enjoying myself soooo much, that when I mentioned that I was hungry and Daniel told me put down the pole and eat, I replied, “I can’t! There are fish to catch!” Now, for those of you that know me, you KNOW how insane this sounds coming out of my mouth! I don’t like to fish! And my life revolves around food!
This was the magical day that I decided fishing was fun. I caught so many firsts…pink salmon, rock fish, yellow eye, flounder, “mother-in-law” fish, greenling, and HALIBUT! This was also the night that I decided, hands down, rock fish is my absolute favorite to eat. Yum!
I hope you all enjoy Bruzer always licking his lips!
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“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.” – Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
This kind of love is evident in this couple, and I have been lucky enough to witness this love from its beginning. You see, the bride is one of my very best friends, and I couldn’t have picked a better partner for her. Jason and Kristin are amazing friends, and amazing together. These two, with their beautiful daughter, are capable of conquering any of life’s obstacles, and will always emerge stronger.
I am honored to have stood by Kristin’s side as a bridesmaid, and to also have been trusted to capture such a pivotal moment in their lives.
Special thanks to my husband, Daniel, for being so amazing and doing the majority of the work for this wedding. Playing double duty was made possible solely because of him. Additional thanks to my brother, Spenser, for assisting during the ceremony. I appreciate and love you both!
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
– Maya Angelou
Jason, Kristin, and Addy, I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness. I love you guys <3
We got to hike on a glacier! That’s right, not near. Not next to. Not up to. ON. WE HIKED ON A GLACIER! This was the most amazing thing! I’m so thankful for a friend like Ashley, and that we were able to go on this adventure. This was soooo much fun! We packed not having any idea what to expect! We had hats, gloves, extra layers, the expectation to freeze… Do you know what we needed? Our t-shirts (and pants, of course!). Yup, it was that warm out! Now don’t get me wrong, the glacier was cold, but we couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day! In fact, Ashley couldn’t have come on a better weekend. Hands down, the nicest weather we have had our entire time here, meaning, of course, that I got burnt with 70 spf. **Sigh.
Anyway, Matanuska Glacier did NOT disappoint! With the help of MICA Guides and our amazing guide Axel, we had an amazing evening. I highly recommend this guide service; they (especially Axel) were courteous, comedic, knowledgeable, and put our safety above all else. What a spectacular way to spend Ashley’s last night here!
We drove up to the Matanuska Glacier, which is about 2 hours NE of Anchorage following a day spent about an hour South of Anchorage. We definitely put on some miles this weekend! We checked in and got our gear, which consisted of a helmet and crampons. Of course I picked the teal helmet! We ventured out in a big van (They offered us candy to get in…is that weird? Haha. Kidding.) and headed across some private lands (which of course we paid to cross), making our way to the glacier. What a spectacular sight she is! We immediately pulled out our cameras, and they were never put away!
We ventured on a short hike to the glacier, and continued to hike on it. We learned about crevasses, moulins, calving, and glacier formation. We learned a little about ice climbing, and how to secure your line when you climb. We learned that there were places we could drink the water, and it was delicious! We learned that the glacier isn’t just the beautiful blue ice that we see from afar, but extends way beyond! We were walking on the glacier long before we came to what appeared to be the glacier; it just so happens that much of the ice has a layer of dirt/mud/all sorts of things covering it. We learned that Axel is from Colorado, is working in Alaska for the summer, and happened to be hiking to Reed Lakes at the same time as us. Great minds think alike!
I will quit boring you with my rambling, and get to the pictures. But one last thing…Thank you, Ashley, for coming to visit me, and for adventuring with me. I had such a wonderful time, and cannot WAIT for our next adventure!
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We had one day left with Ashley being here, and were determined to make the most of it. We got a little bit of a late start because we were slow moving in the morning, and then stopped at this super cute little cafe on the way out of town. We ventured South down to the Byron Glacier, and I was sooo bummed that it was gloomy and super cloudy out. The drive down the Seward Highway is one of my favorites, and it didn’t show off it’s glory very well on this particular day. When we got to the Glacier, it was still pretty cloudy but we could see the Glacier! Yay!
We had plans for Sunday evening, and didn’t have much time to linger in the Portage area. We had just enough time to swing by the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center on our way back; I wanted to make sure that Ashley was able to see all of the Alaskan animals that she wouldn’t normally see. They all behaved perfectly for us! I already posted many pictures from both the AWCC and Byron Glacier, but enjoy a few more! Both are spectacular places to visit <3
Stay tuned for our next adventure: Hiking Matanuska!
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