Look at the posts from this same time period in years gone by.
Really, compare posts from similar time periods in different years.
There's a lot of similarity.
Sometimes it feels like I do the same things at the same time of year, every year.
The progression can almost seem monotonous.
But there's a reason for the repetition.
Alaska's challenging environment, and wide range of micro-climes means certain activities are good in certain places at certain times.
Try skiing from the road in September...it doesn't happen without a lot of schwack; follow a trail to a glacier though, and powder bliss may await.
Mountain bike season is much the same.
The season starts in the low-low country, and gradually climbs up, above the ever-growing vegetation and into zones that were previously buried under snow.
As a result, there are certain places that we only really get to see for a short period each year.
Russian Lakes Trail is one of them.
This is one of my favorite places on the Kenai, and one of the main reasons I live here, yet, I can only ride it for a couple weeks a year.
So should I feel bad about riding the snot out of it - twice in a weekend for that matter - while I can?
No, I think I'm OK with feeling like I lack creativity.
|Stopped at the Upper Lake on Saturday on a hot-paced out and back from Cooper Landing to the top of Snug Harbor Rd in some very hot weather.|
|Braun and Sharon climb through the heat on Snug Harbor Rd doing the loop on Sunday.|
|80+ degree temps make icy cold streams refreshing.|
|Veg is not taking off without rain. The upshot, the trail is easy to see. The down side, the wildflowers are few and far between so far this year.|
|Pastoral view of the Upper Lake.|
|Braun cools off in the Upper Lake.|
|Friday, Angelo and I beat the heat on the Kenai fishing kings.|
|Angelo had a hell of a fight with this guy. Hardly hooked, he ran like hell.|
|Catch and release only with no bait, this buck was a proud catch and an easy release.|
|A balanced breakfast at fish camp: fruit shake, frozen waffles.|
|Amy and Ashar returned from their trip on the AK Pen, making a brief stop in Anchorage.|
|Lots of sun has been great for the indoor garden this year.|