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Published: October 21st 2006
rugged mountain vistas
found this angle, which is a deep zoom, on a short side excursion while breaking for lunch.
Bird Creek Ridge trail is about a 40-minute ride south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway, which hugs the Turnagain Arm, which, at 10am when we drove out, was one giant reflecting mud flat with a few deep channels of gray water coursing through it. We climbed from just a few feet above sea level to 3,700+ feet in a very short distance. Awesome Chugach Mountain and Turnagain Arm panoramas all the way up, and piles of fresh bear scat. We saw the Tarmagin -Alaska's state bird- going up, and a bald eagle -the national bird- riding a jeddy on the way down.
One of our party had recently returned from 3 years of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he found the steep incline no problem -"no Taliban or Al Queda, no problem." He filled the often gruelling ascent with story after story of the most horrifying -and amazing- tales I've heard in a long, long time.
This daytrip was arranged by UAA's student activities center, and we're going out for another one next weekend. Only three people showed up for this (including me), so in addition to the activitie's director and his friend, there were only 5
The lovely Chugach Mountains
I stare at these mountains from campus every day, which is nice, but getting up in them makes me remember why I wanted to come to Alaska.
of us in all. Nobody else on the trail. Hoping next Friday is the same.
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