Since Jasmine and I are coming close to the end of our stay in the Great State of Alaska I think it’s time to post a few more pictures of our exciting experiences. We didn’t get to do all of my favorite things this trip because of the vast amount of snow (you can gather from that last statement that I am not much of a snow bunny and don’t ski, snowboard or sled!), but we did make it to three of my favorite spots, The Alaska Zoo, Potter Marsh and the Glen Alps Trailhead.
Potter Marsh is this very cool wildlife viewing area about 5 miles south of us along the Seward Highway. There is a huge boardwalk that lets you walk quite a distance over the marsh and view the various birds and wildlife that call the area home. My favorite part though is the beautiful view of Turnagain Arm. Just stunning!
Glen Alps in the Chugach State Park is really my favorite place in Anchorage. The trailhead parking lot is only about a 15 minute drive from our house but when you get up in the hillside area of Anchorage you feel like your about a million miles away from civilization. What’s great is that there are several trails leaving from this same parking lot and there is a trail for every skill level.
There is a 1.5 mile trail (one way) that heads up to the top of Flattop Mountain. This is the easiest and most popular mountain hike in the area and admittedly one that I have yet to conquer. I’ve made it about halfway up and chickened out, but other visitors we’ve hosted have managed to make it to the top during a hail and rain storm and lived to tell the tale!
It was still very snowy when we went over last week, so I didn’t get a chance to conquer my fear of the mountain, but we did manage to go on a couple of different trails and Jasmine was able to play in vast amounts of the white stuff while we soaked in yet more gorgeous scenery!