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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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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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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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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