Friday, July 9, 2010

Window of Opportunity

Family adventure beckoned. My brother Nick and sister Kerri flew into Anchorage from Wisconsin to visit. They were game for some backcountry adventure, Alaska Style. For the last several weeks, the weather has been either raining, windy, cloudy, or flat out miserable. Our recent camping trip to Homer involved pouring rain and dampness. However, Friday, July 9, 2010 provided a small, but brilliant window of opportunity to explore the backcountry. It was 75 degrees and sunny! It has been so long since I saw the sun that I almost forgot what it looked like. Our route took us up Falls Creek and towards South Suicide Peak. The weather was fabulous, the views outstanding, and the hike was invigorating. We cranked up to a point on the ridge leading to South Suicide, ate lunch, soaked up the sun (and wind!), took multiple pictures, and decided it was time to head back home. We ran down a nice long mellow snowfield all the way to the tarn. We relaxed at the tarn for a bit, took in more grandeur, and then set off once again. The hike back to the trailhead was pleasant but tiring. In the end, we had a great five-hour hike in Alaska! That night at home the clouds moved back in and it started to rain.