A few weeks ago I decided to impulse-buy a plane ticket to Anchorage to visit my brother working in Cooper Landing and do some exploring around the Kenai Peninsula (south of Anchorage) for five days. I knew Alaska would be beautiful, but man, this place really blew my mind!
The highlight of the trip was the hike up to Harding Ice Field and Exit Glacier, just outside of Seward. The rigorous 3000 ft. climb to the summit was made even more intense by strong wind gusts and rain caused by the effects of Hurricanes Iselle and Julio. Once at the top, we decided to hike down to Exit glacier which is about an 800 ft. steep drop through mushy, muddy ground (which really drains your energy on the way back up.) The glacier is so tremendous in size that it seems as if you’re on another planet once you reach it. Truly like nothing I’ve ever seen in person, and we were able to do it all in one day, arriving back in time to grab some delicious local food and brews at Seward brewery that evening.
We also hiked Skyline Ridge, explored the Kenai Fjords by boat, spent a day in Homer, camped on a farm overlooking the ocean (where the night sky photos were taken), drove the coastline and went searching for bears along the river, of which we didn’t see any but did stumble upon a moose and her two calves.
All in all it was an awesome adventure and I will definitely be back again to explore some more, hopefully for a longer period of time!
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