One of the most common axioms in Alaska is that Anchorage is just 20 minutes from Alaska. And while we've been going back and forth so much lately, I have to remember that while we're back home in Anchorage, to make sure we go see a bit of Alaska each time. So Sunday, with blue sky and sunshine and relatively warm weather (20s), we headed to McHugh Creek.
Note that it was January 31 and the water of Turnagain arm was . . . water. Not ice.
And the trail was ice and snow free as we started off.
I checked the rock map. Wish I could read the story it's telling us.
Further up the trail, there were patches of ice. It's ironic. All the snow is gone, except on the trail where people's footsteps packed the snow down and it became ice. The very reason I work hard to keep our sloping driveway snow free - so it doesn't become an ice slope.
There was also ice over the creeks the path crosses.
All these pictures are much sharper if you click on them.
Two ravens began a raucous alert.
And above we saw the reason, flying over.
It looked more like early fall as the setting sun put an orange glow on the hillside.
So good to get out and walk in the woods.