I got inspired last weekend: not only was the weather just absolutely gorgeous (don’t look now, but I do believe that summer might actually BE HERE!) but we got to attend a talk up at the Eagle River Nature Center on Sunday on Hiking in Alaska!
The speaker was Susan Beeman Sommer, a freelance writer and editor for the Alaska Magazine.
She has a blog documenting her hikes: True North Alaska
She has her own website, as well: Alaska Writer
She showed pictures from a few of her favorite hikes that she’s been on these past few years. She talked about how to plan for the hike, what gear to bring, and even how to determine when you should just turn around and go home. From the sounds of it, she goes on a lot of hikes and is a pretty hard core hiker. Kind of like what I would LIKE to be, but sadly am not.
Best of all, she totally motivated me to create our schedule for the summer. I scaled back considerably this year, though. Last year I put way too many hikes on the calendar and ended up doing barely half of them. This year I’m being more realistic and have only 7 hikes planned – always allowing for more, should the mood strike us, of course.
So here’s the plan:
May 28-29: Caines Head Trail
April 11: Hilltop trail System
June 17-18: Spencer Whistle Stop
July 9-10: Byers Lake
July 31: South Fork Eagle River
August 7: Reed Lake up in Hatcher Pass
August 12-14: Blueberry Picking up at Denali
The more observant of you have no doubt noticed that several of these have multiple dates listed. We will be camping out on those hikes; either car camping or packing the tent in and finding a spot somewhere along the trail.
It’s going to be a great summer!