Gold Mint Trail, Hatcher Pass

We decided to take it easy and explore Independence Mine State Historical Park on our last full day in Alaska. In its peak year, 1941, Independence mine produced 34,416 ounces of gold worth $1,204,560. It was closed in January of 1951, after mining nearly 6 million dollars’ worth of gold, and was eventually donated to the State …

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Twin Peaks and Lake Eklutna

We drove South a bit toward Anchorage to try the Twin Peaks trail on the advice of a couple we met on the Reed Lakes trail yesterday.  It’s part of the Chugach State Park and overlooks Lake Eklutna. They said it was known for Dall sheep, bear and other wildlife.  Twin Peaks trailhead begins at …

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Reed Lakes

Reed Lakes, a gorgeous 15 mile hike in the heart of the Talkeetna Mountains, was epic! A couple we met on the North Face trail a couple days ago recommend it. It really pays to talk to the locals. ┬áThe bridge on the road leading to the trailhead was washed out so we had to …

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Random facts I forgot to mention earlier

Today we said goodbye to the cozy house in Girdwood and drove North to Wasilla.  The new house with its granite counter tops and fancy furnishings made us realize how much we enjoyed its rustic charm. As we drove, I thought of all the things I forgot to mention in earlier posts so here’s my list of …

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Hiking Crow Pass to Raven Glacier

Today we hiked Crow Pass from the trailhead in Girdwood. Glaciers, waterfalls and mining ruins made this one of the most interesting hikes so far.  The first part of the trail was lined with salmonberry and blueberry bushes.  Not many blueberries were ripe but there were plenty of the juicy and sweet salmonberries. The weather …

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Look, look, it’s a bear!

We decided to check out the Winner Creek trail today after hearing about the hand powered tram that crosses the creek and the relatively low elevation gain made it seem like a great idea after Monday’s steep climb. It’s about 5 miles roundtrip and meanders through a lush rainforest filled with ferns, moss, evergreen trees, and bears! …

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Heiny’s ATV Adventures

Dana’s flight arrived in Anchorage about midnight last night so Riley and Chandler left around 11PM, early enough to stop by Walmart to purchase cheap rain jackets and pants for all of us in preparation for a muddy, all day ATV adventure while Matt and I made sure no intruders were sleeping in the beds back …

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Hiking Bird Ridge Trail

Today we hiked the Bird Ridge Trail in Chugach State Park.  It’s about 2.7 miles up with a continuous elevation gain of 3500 feet to the highest peak.  We brought the hiking sticks we bought for backpacking last fall and they proved to be knee savers, for sure. The first 100 yards was a nice, relatively flat …

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First Look

After leaving the airport we drove along the Scenic Seward Highway on our way to Girdwood and stopped at an overlook along the Turnagain Arm to check out the view.  It was very windy and cool but such a nice change from the 90+ temps back home.  The railroad runs along between the highway and the water …

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Alaska adventures

It’s been 2 years since our last family vacation to Bonair so we are very excited to try somewhere new and different. We booked our flight to Anchorage, rented two houses through Vacation Rentals by Owner, researched hiking trails, outdoor outfitters and shopped for gear in the preceding weeks.  Armed with advice from colleagues from …

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