Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Sunday, June 19, 2011

June 19, 2011

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The girls and I did a little shopping on Friday to get some snacks for our weekend hike. Unfortunately, Taylor almost turned into a little bear snack as you can see in this picture. Saturday turned out to be a clear and beautiful day. After lunch we hit the Glenn Highway and headed toward Eklutna. Our first stop was at the Eklutna Historical Park. This park is home to the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, a fully functioning church even today. The old church was built around the 1870s and is one of the oldest log buildings in the Anchorage area. The cemetery is the final resting place for some local Athabascan, Russian, and Yupik people. The spirit houses are built over the graves 40 days after burial to house the spirit of the deceased and their possessions. They range from very simple to very elaborate in their design.
We left the park and rode over to Eklutna Lake which is located in the Chugach State Park. The lake is fed by both glacial and freshwater streams. It is seven miles long and nestled underneath the towering mountains. We walked down to the lake and then began the Eklutna Lakeside Trail. It was a beautiful afternoon and we ended up walking a total of six miles. The girls did very well! We didn't see any wildlife but still spent a beautiful afternoon in a beautiful place. The trail was easy to walk and the scenery was worth every mile. We had built up quite an appetite from all the walking so we drove toward home and stopped by the Carl's Jr. for hamburgers and fries. On Sunday, we walked down to the weekend market to hunt for souvenirs and such. We saw a few really neat things but the only thing I bought were birch caramels. They boil the birch sap, like they do maple sap, and make pancake syrups, candy, brittle, and other yummy eats. We then took it easy and relaxed around the apartment for the rest of the day.

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