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Words can’t describe it and pictures don’t do it justice

27 Jun

Here are some snapshots of my past few weekends of hiking. The scenery up here is amazing. It is that moment when you crest that hill, you’re out of breath, you can feel your heart pounding against your rib cage, and you look up to see the whole world below you. Alaska has everything-snow-capped mountains, glacier cold lakes that feed into the sea, and beautiful green vegetation that gives way to the wind blown hill tops the higher you climb. Below is just a sampling of what I’ve seen and experienced, I hope you enjoy!

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Eklutna lake-literally a mountain lake, you’re surrounded by majestic peaks on all sides and there are plenty of ridges and hills to hike into.

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The view of Eklutna Lake from Twin Peaks ridge. This was an awesome hike, the ridge wraps around the lake if you climb high enough so you get a front view of the lake and mountains.

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Solstice hike! We climbed Flat Top (a must hike if you’re in Anchorage) and watched the sun set on June 20. It set at 11:43 pm which means we had over 19 hours of sunlight that day! There was a cloud cover over the city so we were sitting above the clouds with an awesome view of the sunset.

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After the sun set the clouds lifted a little so I went over to take a peak at what the city looked like from up here. It also got super cold (note the extra layers) but we had an epic view of the Anchorage area.

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Hiking to the top of McHugh Peak we hit a bunch of snow. It’s a lot more fun to play in the snow in June when it is 75 and sunny out.

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One of those heart pounding views. We had a 360 view from the top of McHugh, this is the side of Cook Inlet and behind the rock on the left side of the picture are more mountain peaks. Amazing dynamic between the ocean and these snow covered volcanoes!

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The group at the top! You can see those mountains I was talking about!

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More of the view. It is such an awe-inspiring place to be-exhausted and looking out over this vast creation-realizing the awesomeness of your body that brought you up here and the absolute beauty of this world we get to inhabit.

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Thanks for following this blog and supporting me over these 8 weeks! I really appreciate it and cannot show my gratitude enough. While I miss everyone back home, Alaska has taken a piece of my heart. I will be back to conquer that bucket list of hikes that I have, but for now, I have four more weeks of this epic adventure. I’ll keep you updated as I go!

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One response to “Words can’t describe it and pictures don’t do it justice

  1. Marshall

    July 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Great photos…especially the one you “holding” the midnight sun!

     

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