pass me a glacier

Jul 6, 2015

Hello!!! How was everyone's long weekend? Ours is still in effect, but I couldn't help but look through the pictures from our hike yesterday. And yes, if you follow me on all other social media platforms then you have seen more than enough of the hike already. Please accuse the redundancy, but this might just be my favorite hike since living in Alaska. And that is saying something because I feel like was hike A LOT, and I find myself saying "this one was so good, a new favorite" all the time. But, this one, this one was reallllly good!
Last summer when we went to Whittier we actually set out to do the Portage Pass hike, but after exploring downtown, eating too much, and it starting to drizzle we ended up taking a pass. I am glad we did, because there was no better day to do this hike than yesterday! Absolutely crystal clear skies, warm temps, and not many if any people!

After what seemed like a week filled with bbqs, eating enough to rival Thanksgiving, and a messy house, Chris and I both just needed to get out and explore. The kids could really have cared less if we went to a park or a glacier, but the parental units need to get their fill as well, so hike it was. When I looked up the trail to see if it was suitable for the kids to do, there was one site that said there was a "slight increase in elevation" at the beginning of the hike. Chris and I thought, too easy, the kids are like pros at this point and seem to amaze us each and every time they complete a moderate level hike. 
When they said slight increase I think they meant, a continual increase in elevation! The entire hike was straight up! The kids were doing awesome! Even though they begged to wear their rain boots, despite us telling them that they would be too heavy and get too hot with them on. Pick your battles....

The only thing that was hard for the kids was the fact that once you get higher and higher the rocks on the trail are no longer packed down, and quite loose to step on. We had to go at an incredibly slow pace in order for the kids to be able to watch their footing. The slower you go, the more opportunities for the kids to look around, get slightly distracted by that rock that looks just like all the other rocks, but THAT rock needs to be picked up and taken with us so help me god!

The higher you get the more breathtaking the view gets. As soon as the kids would say they were tired, we would jump off the trail and find a little place for them to sit and relax. Refuel with some water and snacks, and just rest their little legs until they were ready to continue. 

We would pass some people on the trail that looked at us like we were crazy! Saying things like "how old are they? They walked all this way by themselves?" or "do you think you will make it to see the glacier? It's pretty steep!". There were some people on our side saying "you guys are brave! good for you." or "I wish my parents would have done stuff like this with me when I was little". Which made us think we weren't as crazy, or bordering the line of child abuse. I mean our kids have done their fare share of difficult hikes. I secretly think people were just embarrassed at how much they were sweating and sucking, and then you pass a bunch of toddlers on a trail. Ha!
We continued on, taking our time, doing our best to swat away mosquitoes. Then little Miss Odette said she needed to fill up, so we once again found a really ugly spot to sit and have a snack. I mean, if you're going to be a little sweaty and need to breastfeed your baby, it might as well be with this drop dead gorgeous scenery around you. 

From here we knew we were getting really close to the top of the peak, and would get a beautiful view of the Portage Glacier. A nice couple coming down the mountain saw us sitting up here and said "please tell me the kids have enough energy to make it to the top, because the view is incredible". Pierce reassured them that he was related to Spiderman, thus we would be making it. 
Everyone look alive!!! No need to look happy, just ALIVE!! At this point we were just a few steps from getting over the hill and seeing the glacier! We were hot, we were sweaty, but we were determined. 

And then, BAM! This smacks you in the face and you think to yourself, yep...the juice was definitely worth the squeeze! 

I mean, Backpacker magazine, hit me up! I was so incredibly proud of these little kids. Ace got up to the top and said "man...this is so beautiful". It just made my heart sing. Hard work pays off. It may have taken us an hour to hike a mile, but I would have hike four hours to snap this picture. 

At least that is what myself was saying yesterday! Today I am sitting here with over 20 mosquito bites, and yesssss I put on bug spray, and yessss I reapplied it, and we are now coming to the conclusion that I may have a slight allergy to mosquitoes as each bite has swelled to infinite proportions and some are slightly bruised. So, not fun, but worth it. 



12 comments:

  1. You guys are an inspiration! Not that we have cool places to hike to around here. Because we don't. But that view! Worth the bug bites!! I've decided that bugs like me more that I'm nursing. It's science.

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  2. These photos are amazing!!!

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    1. Unreal!! We kept saying "it all looks so fake!!"

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  3. Thank God Pierce is related to Spiderman, because I'll be damned, I didn't think you were making it. Thank you Jesus for super powers. In other news, this is simply amazing. I told Dane I needed to come to Alaska to see you immediately.

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  4. Wow! That view is incredible! I'm seriously kind of just in awe right now. How gorgeous! I still haven't braved a hike with the three kids. You guys rock!

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  5. I was gasping while reading this. Particularly the photo of you breastfeeding with the mountains and lake in the background - that's just incredible!

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  6. Beautiful! Mosquitoes are the worst, but hikes are worth it anyway. The photo of the boys kickin' it on the side of the trail cracks me up. Great job on the photos, especially that last one. Amazing!

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  7. Oh girl, I feel your pain on the mosquito allergy! We live in Florida and while they're AWFUL here, I'm sure they're 100 times worse in Alaska. I get bitten pretty often and generally have moderate reactions, but a few weeks ago I got one on the inside of my wrist and within 30 minutes it was swollen up about half an inch high and covered a good three by five area on my skin. It hurt to bend my wrist and was hot to the touch and bright red. So I don't know what kind it was, but I sure hope I never meet another one. Luckily the swelling went down overnight and lots of Bendryl cream kept me from scratching a hole in my arm.

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    1. yesss!!! Living in Georgia I get bit all the time, but never had a reaction. Up here I swell, they hurt so bad, and they end up leaving bruises! It's insane!!

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  8. I seriously love reading your Alaska posts. It makes me so homesick but it's worth it. You are doing a great job at getting out there with four little kids. They will have the best memories of their time in AK, I can promise you that.

    Also, I actually got engaged at the top of that trail :) My poor boyfriend (now husband) had asked my mom for a recommendation for proposal spots since we were just in town visiting for a week and he wanted to pop the question while we were there. Well she knew I loved this hike so she suggested it, but wouldn't you know....it was raining and foggy as heck that day so there was no view to be seen at the top! But he decided to go for it anyway. I hope we can actually hike up there on a sunny day like you guys had so he can actually see what it should have looked like!

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    1. Reading this totally made my day! What an amazing place to get engaged, even if it wasn't ideal weather. You guys totally have to go back and do the hike. :)

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