The Last Frontier – Part III

With the car for a full day we decided to head south down the Seward Highway. Although we really wanted to go snowshoeing up in Denali with the snowstorms coming in we didn’t think it would be the best idea to get stranded a few hours north. So south it was. There were dozens of trails off the highway to explore the area. Our first stop was McHugh Creek in hopes that we would come across some dall sheep up on the steep cliffs. We did about a half hour hike and found ourselves looking at a beautiful waterfall rushing down creating green in this wintery white wonderland. We could have hiked for hours but we really wanted to make the most of it since we only had the car for a day. Next, we headed over to Beluga Point – the point that juts into the Cook Inlet. We were in awe of the sweeping panoramic view. It was low tide and it looked as if you could walk straight across on the iced over ocean to get to the mountains on the other side. We didn’t get to see any Beluga’s since they had migrated a few weeks before but the ocean and mountains beside them were truly breathtaking. We made a pit stop at Windy Point – I guess it’s the best place in all of Alaska to see Dall Sheep. Only problem is they are white – ha ha so I suppose it is best to see them sometime in the spring or summer. We decided though to go explore the seaside… after climbing down some steep rock cliffs we made it safely to the bottom. Our feet barely made an impression on the mineral dense sand… running water off the mountain side was flowing right into the ocean… and the sand was so rich in mineral it was almost black. There were so many beautiful crystallized rocks along the beach. The water was so cold it felt like nothing. We stayed here for a while. It was beautiful…

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We checked out the neat little town of Girdwood and took the tram up to the top of the mountain. Sadly, the visibility up there was close to none because of all the snow at the top but we met a few cool people ate some soup and watched crazy skiers and snowboarders launch themselves off the face of the mountain. We walked around the Ghost Forest in Old Portage – which was so neat. In 1964 there was a huge earthquake in Alaska and on the Seward Highway the earth sank 12 feet on either side which ended up filling in with ocean water creating these Forest Marshes.. killing all of the trees alongside the road – making them white… it was truly a sight to see. We saw a bunch of fresh moose & wolf tracks that we ended up following to lead us through the forest. Our last stops were at the wildlife conservation center and the portage glacier. We saw lots of amazing beasts (oomingmak, musk ox, caribou, meese, buffalo, deer & a few owls) roaming around and the glaciers were very cool. They were the brightest color blue I have ever seen. We decided to head back shortly after due to the weather – it started to really come down – the sun was gone and it wasn’t worth it getting stuck somewhere. We pulled over to turn around and I saw something out on the frozen water of the ghost forest. I jumped out of the car and there they were – two beautiful bald eagles perched on a few dead trees. I grabbed my camera and they started to fly. I just watched them as they flew effortlessly away… it was definitely a humbling moment.

We headed back and enjoyed a most marvelous meal at the Organic Oasis where I had the best freshly juiced concoction for a cold ever called “the cold stopper”.. this would definitely be my restaurant of choice if I lived in Anchorage…

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One Response to The Last Frontier – Part III

  1. jenni_n_kev says:

    what an adventure!!! I am sort of jealous of the experience but so happy for you guys that you got to see such an amazing place. It is def. on my lists of places I have to see in my lifetime. What a great time for you guys to be able to celebrate Rory’s film as well as experience alaska!!

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