Sunday, August 05, 2007

Harding Ice Field Hike

Today Dad and I hiked to the Harding Ice field. This is also in Kenai Fjords National Park.

The hike was great, very difficult though - 3000 feet of elevation gain/loss, lots of steep rock faces to scramble up, and it was raining – the whole day. However there were excellent views of Exit Glacier! There was also tons of lush vegetation – probably thrives on all the rain. The trail in most places was just beautiful, but limited views and very wet.

Going up the trail wasn’t so bad – the climb made us warm and the scenery was great! The trip down however, sucked. It was very cold, windy and wet at the top so the 1st mile or some coming down was miserable. I hate hiking downhill, especially scrambling down the wet rocks.

We finally reached the end and I was quite happy to have my motor home right there so I could change in dry clothes right away! (We’d left the Jeep so mom could do laundry and stuff!)

Time to head to bed….I’m sore from the hike so it’s gonna be hard to get in and out of my “cab over” bed in my RV!!!! Tomorrow is the Alaska Sea Life center and possibly driving back to Anchorage.

2 comments:

Tatusko Family said...

So we were considering Hawaii for our 10th wedding anniversary. You are fast convincing us Alaska might be the way to go!

Kate/Susan said...

Don't work too hard! :-) Vacation is to relax, isn't it? hehe

Glad you're having so much fun. I really want to go to Alaska now!!