Today there were two bald eagles just hanging out on the McDonald's M in town. Eagles in AK are basically like tweety birds around here, every time I look up I expect to see an Eagle. Similarly, moose are everywhere. Everywhere we go I feel as though we have stepped right out of a postcard.
Today we first climbed up Mount Baldy- according to the internet this is supposed to be a "Moderate to easy" hike. I'm not sure who came up with that rating, but it was very steep, muddy and dangerous. However, once we reached the summit, we could see the trail kept going up to the next peak which is called the Black Tail Rocks. Despite our seriously inadequate preparation, we decided to forge ahead. Distances can be very deceiving while hiking, what seems like only a very short distance might actually be 2-3 miles. We made our way up the mountain and I felt like Heidi. It was very windy but we hiked about 7ish miles total and were out there for about 6 hours. We had a picnic at the top and celebrated with a mini bottle of pinot noir. You can see our picnic spot, which was a little wind break up at the top that looked like a little nest, in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpBTLU-Ym54&feature=youtu.be! The little bowl we sat in and ate had several inches of spongy moss at the bottom so it was very cushy and comfy and we were out of the wind!
|My close pal Sarah.|