must have shaken something up in my brain as i decided since it was cloudy here in anchorage to head to the rain forested city of girdwood. so it was really coming down when i arrived. i took the girls on a 5 mile walk. there are boardwalks and so it took some work with rio. i'm her guide dog. she does great with the steps up, but those steps down can be brutal. not sure how to help her with that. i always struggle with taking her or leaving her home. she just wants to be with me...it's crazy.
below is the broad leaves of devils club. the stems are totally covered with prickly spines. you totally don't want to walk thru this stuff.
below is from last nights walk at 10 pm. it was pretty out so i decided to take advantage of the long day and head to blueberry hill and flat top. you can see both behind blossom. i just did the smaller hill. you have great views of anchorage from this location.
the island below has been in the news this week. a few kids attemptted to cross over to it at low tide. the tide rushes in though and people get stuck out there. the paper said you could be in 20 feet of water within 1 hour time. a group of "adventures" from around here that plan little treks are planning to do this very same risky trip this week i guess. seems nuts to me. it's one thing to do something crazy yourself, a whole different thing planning an event like this with a hiking group. there are too many things that can go wrong and the group doesnt' seem to have thought this through. i mean what if someone has a heart attack during the crossing. there is no safe place to put someone...who stays with them risking death? the mud is filled with silt and in many places it acts like quicksand, rapidly trapping people in to await death. the teens were at shoulder level in the water by the time they were pulled out.
off to finish baking some chocolate chip cookies. tasty. i love the dough. gotta take the cookies out right before they are totally cooked to finish cooking outside the oven.