Thursday, March 24, 2011
Trekking from the Upper Huffman Trailhead
What lovely morning for a hike. The temp was in the high 20s, allowing the snow to remain relatively hardpacked. In the afternoons it has been above freezing and the snow becomes rather soft, providing some resistance training. It was a cloudy start to the day with snow in the forecast. It was nice to get an uphill work out in. Total time was about an hour. We let the walkers amble around near the parking lot at the end. Despite the high cloud cover we had a great view on Anchorage, Cook Inlet and Mount Susitna (aka the Sleeping Lady).
We heard there's another new trekker on the way! Many of our mamas have been taking a break from hikes, as their second children are due this spring. One mama who hiked with one on her back and pulled one up the slight incline in a sled, slid back down on the sled.
As is typical this time of year in Alaska, both spring and new snow are in our sights. We allowed ourselves to talk about hiking this summer and remember how enjoyable it was last summer to picnic either mid-hike or post. In my yard as I pulled in you can actually see bare ground under the big spruce tree and along the fence line!