Glacier, Right Ahead!

May 27, 2014

The weekend flew by am I right? I mean the husband had a four day, but I swear it was more like a one and a half day. Time flies when you're having fun, or jam packing every waking hour with adventures and three toddlers in tow. But we hiked....damn we're predictable. I won't bore you with the details of the first hike, because we have done it before. It is a tourist hot spot in the Anchorage area, Flattop. Enough said.

Then, we were feeling frisky and wanted a little more pizazz out of our hiking routine so we threw in a glacier!
It blows my mind that just an hour drive from our front door and we are steps away from a glacier! We have been wanting to do this hike for a while but never could get the timing right with all this kids' attitudes. This time they were on board but the sky was filled with smoke. There is a devastating wildfire not far from us, that has covered more than 243 square miles. But we thought we would give it a go, smoke inhalation and all.
I was caught up in all of the excitement of touching a glacier that I completely forgot the fact that it just might be COLD! I didn't bring a jacket, or socks for that matter. Basically I just ran in the car the second all kids were strapped in. Chris offered me his spare jacket because you know, I gave him the "I will complain every step of the way and make you miserable" look. 
After a little over a mile hike there it was, the Byron Glacier! It is so beautiful, these pictures just do not do it justice. And on a clear day I can only imagine that this frozen piece of goodness shines like a treasure box! The ice is so blue, and the snow surrounding the mountain is so deep. I could have sat there and ate my bag of goldfish all day. But.....toddlers. They don't stop moving!
Pierce pulled his usual routine of stopping every five feet to make sure we are all paying attention to him. Then we motivate him by fear, "if you don't start walking the bears will find you". Judge and judge hard until you go hiking with Pierce, because his antics run through you like a freight train!!
Harmony at last! Ace met his hiking quota for the weekend. Pierce was motivated by the possible bear sighting and chocolate covered pretzels. And I got to spent another amazing weekend with this band of characters! Oh and no mosquito bites, not a one thanks to Whitney and her enlightening me on these! So thank you from one mama to another :)

How was your weekend? Anything fun, crazy, out of this world happen? 











18 comments:

  1. You make Alaska sound so great but I still can't say "yes" when my husband asks if we can go. :p

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  2. I love the color of the glaciers. It is something to see for sure. If ya gotta be cold night as well have something pretty to look at. ;) glad you had a great packed weekend! That's my favorite kind of weekend.

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  3. Wow, you live in such an incredibly beautiful place! We got away to the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily (our home) for the long weekend, but sadly it rained most of the time. :( Oh well, made us all the more grateful for the sunshine!

    beccagarber.com

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    1. Ok, I think you have me beat! I would love to be in Sicily, rain or shine!!

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  4. Alaska is so beautiful! Great photos!

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  5. your photos are stunning!!!! It looks like a great mini getaway for such a short drive. :)

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    1. Thank you, yes the drive is well worth it when you are starring at a glacier ;)

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  6. Wow this is absolutely gorgeous!

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  7. Wow those pictures are gorgeous! I would love to hike there!

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  8. Sooo pretty! And I love the boys' hiking boots/shoes!

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  9. Beautiful place and beautiful photos. I just saw my first glaciers this past month and I'm in love! :)

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  10. I'm really growing to LOVE the fact that you have been here longer than us...you test drive all the good stuff and send me on my merry way!

    PS. I love how Ace is clearly annoyed at the family photo. You were totally throwing off his hiking mojo!

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  11. This is so incredibly awesome! It reminds me of Homeward Bound or something, haahaha!

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  12. is this real life?! omg it looks like its from a movie or something. stunning scenery. wish i was a hiker, or had some place like this near by. gorgeous.

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  13. STOP IT WITH THE PRETTY SCENIC PHOTOS OF YOUR PERFECT LIFE ALREADY ;)

    totally kidding. i love you. keep sharing.

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  14. What a beautiful place to live! I am so jealous!
    Megan Star | Beauty Brawler

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    1. The summers are breathtaking, its the winters that make me seek refuge indoors. ha!

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