Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March 30, 2011

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Saturday morning I worked on a college paper and Greg got out and ran a few errands. That night, we went out to dinner at the Spenard Roadhouse with Jacque. We decided to see what all the fuss was about. Turns out the food is pretty good and the food and drinks are reasonably priced. Thanks again Jacque for dinner!

Sunday morning our friends, Doris and Wes, called to see if we wanted to go for a Sunday drive and lunch. Once we shook off the cobwebs from the night before, we were awake and delighted to go. We took a long drive up the Glenn Highway toward Glenallen. After we passed the town of Palmer and began to rise in elevation, the sunny morning we left in Anchorage became overcast, snowy, hazy, and cold. We stopped at several pull-offs to take some pictures and enjoy the view. We drove on and the roads, which still had some of winter's snow and ice on them, began to turn completely white. Even though our original destination was about 20 more miles up the road, we changed our plans and stopped at the Long Rifle Lodge in Glacier View. This neat lodge would have had an incredible view of the Matanuska Glacier from the dining area windows if the falling snow hadn't obscured it. The log cabin lodge was filled with many preserved animal trophies, including a musk ox, grizzly, black bear, mountain goat, and lynx. After a nice lunch, we headed south toward Anchorage. Several miles down the highway, we spotted a few men ice fishing on a frozen lake. Their trucks were parked right beside their temporary ice huts on this frozen body of water. Wes also had to tempt fate by driving out onto the frozen lake. Hope you didn't hear my gasp of horror as he had to put the truck in four wheel drive to get back to shore! We did enjoy the beautiful mountain views and thanks again to Wes and Doris for lunch and adventure.

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