May 20, 2015
I am absolutely convinced that even after close to three years of living in Alaska, you could live here a lifetime and still not see everything. Just when we are kind of sick of our usual local hiking spots, we stumble upon what is now probably our favorite family friendly hike! The Trail of Blue Ice is what it's called, and although there was no ice, it was one of the most beautiful trails even without everything being lush and green. We are definitely planning to go back a few times over the summer to see this place at it's full potential! I will warn you....picture overload is upon you!
The kids always start every hike with the utmost enthusiasm. Every rock, stick, leaf, and dandelion must be collected in fear that we will not find anymore...ever! So they hand me all their findings, probably thinking that I will hold on to them and we will have some huge collection by the time we get done hiking. But, sadly I am a fun sponge and ditch the handfuls, and pocketfuls of nature-like goodies. There is a method to my
meanness madness--If I toss the early stage findings it forces them to keep looking with the same amount of enthusiasm. Which keeps them from fighting, also keeps them moving in a forward like motion. This makes for constant movement for Odette, keeping her asleep while giving Chris and I have a chance to actually soak in the experience.
The sun was out and it was "warm" as long as you weren't in the shade. It felt so good to let the kids roam around and explore on their own, while the parental units stood and soaked in some sunlight.
This trail in particular is so well maintained! The bridges where amazing, and absolutely breathtaking while crossing them and looking around. Each designed perfectly to give you that gorgeous scenic shot we are always searching for.
And of course I couldn't help but bask in the sunlight. I am still not used to the darkness that the winters in Alaska bring. It drastically affects my mood. Growing up a desert rat in Las Vegas, I could have never imagined the impact that no-sun would have on me. So this....this is pure perfection for me. Don't fret, I am wearing sunscreen on this pale face of mine!
The kids will always want to stop at some point and have a snack, empty their pockets to compare what they have found so far. Ace could be heard yelling "I found a moose horn" (don't try and tell him otherwise!!!) Pierce was very proud of his stick collection, and the fact that he held onto an old hand warmer he found in the car. While Avalon was more than happy just to sit, grab a sip or two of a juice box, and just all around be cute.
The kids made it pretty far on this trail since there was very little increase in elevation. I think the trail is around five miles, and we probably did half that before we turned around. For my Alaska peeps, this one is for you!! Highly recommended, you can bike it, stroll it leisurely with a stroller, or simply walk the whole thing and it is amazing! Also near by are camp grounds, which for a hot minute I thought "we should camp here" then I laughed out loud!