The week started with a small hitch as my boyfriend, Patrick, had some flight troubles and didn't make it here on time. But he made it and since we was last, there was no rest for the weary as we jumped in the car and headed down the Kenai Peninsula for a few days of fun.
We started by taking a water taxi 12 miles across Resurrection Bay to a great little place called Kayaker's Cove. We rented kayaks and hit the water. It was not the nicest of days, drizzling on and off, but I've learned that's just part of being in AK and I did my best to not let it get me down.
|Checking out the coast line. Patrick braved going double with me. We both made it back alive.|
|Checking out the waterfall|
|If you look hard enough, you can see a little brown bump in the water, that is a sea otter. We saw a few of those!|
|And some starfish|
|And some bald eagles. and some Jellyfish, which are my favorite sea creature, but I failed to get a picture of them.|
4th of July is great in Alaska because people up here are some strong patriotism even if we are separated from the rest of the country and most people who don't work in the oil industry forget Alaska is even there. Much of Alaska gathers in Seward, a town that swells from 3,000 to 30,000 to view the annual Mt. Marathon race. It is misleading because it is not a marathon at all, but a 3.5 mile race that climbs up a 3,000 ft. peak and back down. Yes, that means they climb 3,000 ft in 1.75 mile which is absolutely nuts. To add to the craziness, there is not really a defined trail so you have to know your route up and down the mountain ahead of time. Racers spend hours and hours studying the routes trying to find the fastest and safest route. The most common involves climbing roots of trees, scrambling rocks, and hucking it off waterfalls, running down rock creek beds. It is something I would never in a million years enter as I am certain there is no way I would make it up or down without incurring some new injuries, something I just can't afford at this point, but I have some incredible teammates that thrive of this race and it's great fun cheering them on.
|It was cloudy and raining, which had one perk, you could actually see the fireworks. This is extremely dark for AK in the summer and this is midnight.|
|Enjoying fireworks from the beach.|
|Cheering the boys. This is only about half way up and the town already looks so small!|
|Coming down! This is the good part of the down, which is scree so you actually float and slide a bit with each step, taking some of the pounding away. This is an APU coach Eric Strabel who broke the record set in 1981!!!!!!|
|This is the famous "birdman" His bib is pierced through his nipples.|
The Whole Crew!
Our amazing guide Cory from Chugach Backcountry Fishing