We had a small gathering of friends from the City Data Alaska Forum. Only about 8 people were able to make it, though I feel that’s just about right. I do wish that some that said they would be here would have, but hey, fuck it. I find it odd that the people that said they would be here and didn’t show live here. One person, from Southern Michigan, arranged his vacation schedule just so he would be here. Like I said, fuck it.
We had lots of great food and conversation though and the weather got better and better as the day went on, had mostly sunny skies with temps in the mid to high 60’s with the occasional cloud that would sprinkle on us.
Jan had to head off for work at about 8 am, so just after she left, I jumped into the shower so I could get out. I needed to get dog food. I grabbed the dogs, and headed toward Palmer. I thought it was early enough to be able to enjoy going down to Jim Lake, but noooo, everyone and their damn brother, sister, uncle, aunt and the family dog, was out there. I pulled over at one point to let to buttwipes fly by me.
I then continued, stopped for a moment to look for Dall Sheep on a mountain side. As I glanced forward down the road, a nice big bull moose was just walking across the road. Did I have my camera ready? NO! What a dipshit I can be sometimes. Anyway, the area was too damn busy for my taste, so I headed back out. On my way I pulled into a small trail to check it out. Yay, no people down this trail, and there is a nice little creek to explore. Really quite a nice spot to hang out for a bit. I then headed back out to the main road, came to the stop, looked at a trail I have eyeballed for some time, crossed over and on to the trail. I had no idea how nice a view of the Matanuska River and the surounding mountain this trail would lead to. I’ll be back down there. Then I headed a short ways to the Knik River bridge, took a couple photos, and headed back so I could get to Three Bears for dogfood and head home.
Small creek I found today. I had driven by it many times, just had never stopped to check it out.
View from Maud Rd.
From the trail to Matanuska River
Some of those that made it yesterday.
Rance’s Yummy bacon wrapped Halibut
’til next time