Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Campers in Places that Aren't Ugly

I had the world's best visitors up here in July. I also had Duncan, Krista, and Julz visit. Ha ha. Seriously, you guys were so much fun, and I can't wait to do it all again Kauai style. I've mentioned that we happen to be having amazing weather up here this summer, and I am happy to report that my visitors experienced sunshine every. single. day. Not one drop of rain. And we were in Prince William Sound and near Seward!!! Crazy. Here's Julz soaking up a few rays by Coxe glacier. See what I mean?

And Krista and Duncan getting all excited about the scenery, seals, and otters, because let's face it, it wasn't ugly!

I think we all learned a few valuable lessons on the kayak portion of the trip. 1. Don't take people you don't know on trips with you. They may brush their teeth with their finger and totally gross Julia out. 2. Don't walk 50 feet away from your fellow campers to do your business. That's not far enough!! That's NEVER far enough! 3. Fjords where there are five tidewater glaciers are c-c-c-old! But surprisingly refreshing.

Apres kayaking, we spent a night back at the Anc, AK pad so we could wash ourselves, wash our clothes, and actually sleep in a bed (or, if you were Krista and Duncan, on an air mattress). Then we headed south to the Lost Lake trail near Seward. The only bummer about kick-ass weather is that humans aren't the only ones who love it; bugs do too. So, on our hike up to the alpine lake...well, let's just say that even Wrigley had a caribou moment. Here's Julia having one. Or maybe that's me having one and trying to take a picture...Once we got above tree line the bugs kinda dispersed. Kinda. Sorta. But the views were breathtaking, and made the bug torture totally worth it.Our camp. Note: It's not ugly.Another valuable lesson was learned at this camp site. About 10 minutes after we arrived and picked our spot, a couple of fellow hikers decided it would be nice to camp there too. People, there are THOUSANDS of acres to camp on, please don't pick the spot 50 feet away. As any good Alaskans (even if only Alaskans for a few days) would do, we shoo'ed them away, just as we would shoo away the Russians.

After Krista and Duncan bid us adieu from Seward, Julz and I headed up to Hatcher Pass to hike the Reed Lake trail. Just spectacular. I heart this trail. The lower lake:

I had a great time with you guys. Sorry it took SOOOO long to post the trip. I'm fired. Miss you, and can't wait to do it again!