I've been slacking off quite a bit on the blogging front. Here is a fun little video to tide you over for a while!
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Sunday, September 22, 2013
So I have been really slacking in getting up some posts pretty much all summer. Needless to say it has been a busy summer and the start of this fall hasn't been any exception. Let's start with my triumphant return back to Golden after a long hot summer spent in Houston. It was great to be home with my wife and animals in our house! It's amazing how all the things you don't realize you miss really add up when you are away from them for almost 4 months straight. I was in town getting reoriented to my fantastic life here in Colorado for about a week before Sarah and I headed out on a 10 day vacation to Alaska.
Let's just say Alaska was horrible :) you don't ever want to go there, I mean how can anyone enjoy a vacation without mega resorts and people everywhere! We flew direct from Denver to Anchorage on Frontier which was a nice bonus, man British Columbia sure does take a long time to fly over when you know what is on the other side of the flight. So we spent our first night in Anchorage and headed out first thing in the morning down to Seward for the first leg of our trip. For the entire vacation I told Sarah that she would't find out what we were doing each day until we pulled into the parking lot of who we were going with or where we were headed. On our way to Seward we stopped along the Cook Inlet and the Turnagain Arm and snapped some really fuzzy photos of some beluga whales out in the inlet just swimming along. While we drove through the lush green mountains with the slate gray cloudy sky Sarah kept her eye out for whales and I kept looking at the geology all along the way. We eventually wound our way down through the mountains and valleys to Seward population 2,000 or so and pulled into a dogsledding operation for a summer dogsled tour. Turning Heads Kennels does summer tours where you get to meet the dogs, hold puppies, and the kicker is you get towed around in an off road cart by the dogs so you can experience how powerful these animals really are! We wrapped up our day in Seward by spending time at the Sea Life Center and then headed to our housing accommodations just north of town, which was a yurt! Nothing says Alaska in the late summer by staying in a yurt and enjoying the long days. Speaking of long days, we actually watched the daylight hours decrease dramatically in the 10 days we were up north which was really fascinating to see.
The next two days in Seward were a blur but we spent them hiking up to and on glaciers, stand up paddling through ice bergs in a giant tidewater glacier lagoon and doing all things glacier. The stand up paddling with Liquid Adventures is one of the most unique experiences I have ever done. The trip itself was a little burly to say the least and they said they contemplated cancelling the trip the morning of but decided that we should get out and be the last trip of the season for them. Paddling through the deep dark blue icebergs and fighting a little bit of choppy waves definitely took its toll on us as we traversed around the lagoon. The wind was nice when we were headed into the lagoon as it was kind of like an invisible magic carpet ride pushing us along to check out the icebergs. Bear Glacier is a very magical and special place to me, there is no where like it that I have ever been and you just feel so small and insignificant when you look at all the huge emerald green mountains enclosing this massive lagoon with seals swimming around in it and huge chunks of deep blue and teal colored ice floating in it.
The next day we headed down to go see Josiah in Homer at the end of the road. The drive to the end of the Kenai Peninsula was surprisingly long for how short the distance was on the map. But watching out for moose, bears, salmon, fishermen, and generally just enjoying the trip does add a few hours to the trip. We spent the next few days with Josiah in Homer doing all kinds of fun things that he dreamed up for us to do. From hiking across the bay at sunset to a glacial lake with dinner on the cobble filled beach to having one of his friends drop us across the bay for more hiking through the rain forest (it rained most of that trip). And even just plain exploring and beach combing down on the Homer Spit, we had a blast seeing Josiah and spending time trading stories and enjoying family. Time does truly fly when you are having fun.
With two days left in our trip we headed back to Anchorage because we knew it would take all day just to get back based on our trip down to Homer. But we stopped and panned for some Alaskan gold in a few creeks (no luck for us this trip) and a trip up to Alyeska to check out the ski hill was warranted. We got into Anchorage in the middle of the afternoon and spent the rest of the day relaxing and had dinner with one of Sarah's friends that she went to college with at the Moose's Tooth which is the hopping dinner place in the city! Our final day in the last frontier we spent wandering around Anchorage waiting for our flight at 8 pm that night. We looked high and low through downtown for a mural done by Sarah's dad when he lived in Anchorage in the early 70's. But much to our chagrin we couldn't find the mural but enjoyed trying to piece together part of Sarah's family history. We wrapped up our trip with a walk through Kincaid Park and enjoyed a little bit of the rare Alaska sunshine. Overall the trip was a fantastic adventure in a great place with great people. If you get the chance to head up to the 49th state I highly recommend it! Now if you have made it this far you can enjoy some photos to go along with these words.
Waiting on the plane
Between Beluga Spottings
Meeting Sled Dogs
Meeting Future Iditarod Champions
Travis Beals showing us how they outfit the dogs
On the trail
Our home for 3 Days
Exit Glacier's outwash plain
On our way to Homer
Nice little outcrop of fluvial? sands
Exploring with Mr. Pisel
Josiah looking very serious about dinner
Rainy Day Hike
Some Gold Panning
Touch Tank at the Sea Life Center
Inside the Yurt
A sunny day in Seward
Ready to SUP!
From boat to board
Into the lagoon
Headed to Homer
Out for a hike
A tiny yurt for hikers
Oceans and Islands Visitors Center
Back to the "big" city of Anchorage
A ways from home