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Crossing Paths with a Baby Porcupine

October 23, 2017 by michelle

There are so many fabulous hiking trails around Hidden Creek B&B; it is hard decide which trail to chose.  Sometimes the time of year or weather will help select the best route for the day.  Sometimes it is just a friend’s suggestion.  Last week a friend

suggested a hike on Johnson Pass Trail, so off we went.  It was a perfect Fall hike, with a bed of leaves on the ground and just enough openings in the trees to let the light come

through.  Along the way we crossed two bridges over quickly rushing creeks.  The trail continues for nearly 25 miles, but we were content to hike in for 3 miles and turn around and head home.  One of the highlights of the trip was the spotting of a baby porcupine in the middle of the trail.  I could tell he was frightened by our appearance, but he did not seem to know what to do.  He sat in the trail and allowed us to take a few photos.  We continued on, not wanting to cause him too much anxiety.  What a cutie!

First Snow of the Season 2017

October 23, 2017 by michelle

Alaskans love when it snows.  By mid September you can hear people guessing what date the first snowfall will appear.  This year Girdwood and the Portage Valley were graced with the glorious white crystals on Saturday October 21st.  Snow is a wonderful thing in Alaska for a number of reasons. Of course, most of us love to play in the snow.  Skiing, sledding and snow machining are tops on the list.  Snow is also a welcome sight as our winter days get shorter and the hours of light dwindle.  The snow brightens up our world.  The beautiful foliage from summer has all decayed and turned brown so a covering of white is the perfect cure.

First ski of the season at Portage Lake

This year’s first snowfall gave us a three-inch coating of light fluffy snow, so it was time to dig out the skis and boots, gloves and hats, and try them out for another season.  Ron and I decided to head to Portage’s Trail of Blue Ice for some cross country skiing. We were delighted to find just enough snow to glide through the woods.  When we got to Portage Lake we were greeted with the most glorious vistas.  The skies were blue, the mountains covered in snow and there was only a slight breeze. What a perfect first ski outing for 2017.  We have our fingers crossed that the snow will continue to fall so we can have many more fun adventures in our winter wonderland!

Nothing like Blue Skies!

March 2, 2016 by michelle

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IMG_0053Today was one of those days that remind us why we moved to Girdwood, Alaska, and why we are so glad we did.  We had a free day to ski (Ron has those kinds of days almost every day) and the sun was shining so we headed to Turnagain Pass for some backcountry adventures.  Now you have to know that we have had just tons of precipitation over the last couple weeks, most of it coming as rain in Girdwood.  So we had become accustomed to the grey drizzly weather.  Today was a whole different story!  The sun has finally risen high enough in the sky, giving us longer days, warmth and a reminder that we have made it through another Alaskan winter.  The sky was that perfect deep blue, with just a couple wispy clouds.  The mountains had just received a fresh coating of snow on top of the seven or eight feet of snow that buried them the last couple weeks.  As we looked around, the pristine white mountain peaks formed an elegant crown around our sparkling trail up Sunburst Mountain.  The early birds had already completed two laps and were back at the car.  Gazing up the hill we could see their perfect serpentine turns.

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There were probably 25 other skiers out today on Sunburst, which is a lot for a Wednesday afternoon in Alaska.  To us this almost seemed crowded, though there were just a couple small groups dotting the mountainside.  The avalanche warning center had downgraded the risk from high or considerable to moderate for the day, so that made me feel a bit more confident.

Of course, it was lots of work hiking up the mountain with our skins on, but the beauty around us was invigorating and helped me to push higher and further back toward Taylor Pass.  We did not make it as far as Ron would have liked, but it was a glorious day and all that was left was the ski down.  I had anticipated some soft powder, with the new layer of snow, but to me the conditions were a bit tough for perfect carved turns.  I had to settle for some big wide traversing turns, but still lots of fun.  A great day!  But Ron wasn’t done yet.  When we got home he donned his Alyeska ski gear and headed out for a few more turns on that mountain.  Bring on the sun…it is so energizing!

Ron is back to the office

November 3, 2015 by Hidden Creek

IMG_8850First ski tracks of the season!

First Snow of the year October 30th

November 3, 2015 by Hidden Creek

IMG_8816Winter has arrived we hope this year will bring lots of snow!

Alaska Wild Flowers on the Hope Point Hike

June 8, 2015 by Hidden Creek

 

 

 

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Michelle and I hiked the Hope Point trail near Hope Alaska and the spring wild flowers were beginning to bloom..  IMG_7489

Hope Point is across Turnagain Arm from Anchorage, Michelle enjoying a drink with Anchorage across the arm in photo.

Hiking to the tram on Alyeska

June 2, 2015 by Hidden Creek

I hiked up to the tram today with Bailey in the rain.  The clouds were floating in the valley below making for a beautiful view.

Bailey at tram

Take a guided hike

May 27, 2015 by Hidden Creek

At Hidden Creek B&B we provide guided hikes for our guests. To find out more read here.

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