Thursday, August 7, 2008

Another attempt at the ice fields

Last year, I made an attempt up the Exit Glacier trail to the Harding Ice Field. The powder got too deep near the summit, and it resulted in a quick descent.

This year I had no excuses, but still couldn't make it to the top. The hike is strenuous, but it is beautiful.

I got closer to the summit than I ever have. It is still hard to get used to hiking through the snow in early August.
On the way down, we weren't the only ones using the trail. As if I hadn't seen enough bears in the last three weeks (with the close call mauling in Yellowstone and the camping in Katmai) I found myself yet again giving someone else the right away on a trail I was using.
On the way back, we stopped at the home/business of world famous dog musher and former Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey. They train sled dogs year-round by running them through the forest pulling wheeled carts in the summers. So of course we had to get on one.
It was touristy, but it was fun. We learned a lot about how one raises and trains future teams, and got to meet a few of the future stars.
After this, it was time to say goodbye to Seward, and get back on the scenic byway leading to Anchorage. I'll be in Anchorage for the next few days for my cousin's wedding.

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