the view from the OTHER side of Turnagain Arm
it was a beautiful day! We were armed with bear spray as they are in the area, but the only evidence we saw of bear was some black, tar looking poop
we had to cross this 'avalanche' of snow...and in other areas, there were muddy, boggy messes to slog through. I had one mishap with my left shoe - it was squishy and gross as my foot sunk into the mud and covered the entire shoe, but that's what trail shoes are for, right? :)
Mountain reflection in the water
Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to hike we go...
the U.S. Forest Service comes through and clears fallen trees from the trails but this tree was tall enough for us to walk under
we didn't let an old, rickety bridge slow us down...
we all made it safely across
These plants are called "Devils Club" and I would NOT recommend reaching out blindly to grab them to help you balance as you're slogging through mud...I'm still trying to get nettles out of my hand and wrist...
the tide was out as we reached the end of our hike at Gull Rock
This was the only wildlife we saw...a Stellar Blue Jay
He was a little scavenger and we could tell he was used to being around campsites as he quickly swooped in to catch whatever crumbs he could find
We stopped for lunch at our end destination, Gull Rock
The Alaska Range (above)
The Chugach Mountains (below)
We DID make it back eventually...although we definitely added more time and length to our return trip (I'm not bitter about that, REALLY, I'm not...), and stopped in the actual town of Hope (population - 192) for refreshments...
This is how they serve beer on tap in Hope, AK...
Hope was a gold mining town, established in 1889