Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Exploring Hatcher's Pass

This morning, we awoke to the sun's brilliant light searing through the low-lying clouds that hovered gracefully just beyond the peaks of the Talkeetna Mountains. This is Hatcher's Pass, one my favorite places to explore in all of Alaska. 

The vast, open landscape is easily accessed by vehicle or on foot during the summer months, with winding roads that lead ever upward to the summit at 3,885 feet. After hours of driving and stopping to gawk at the scenery, Taz, Zip and I hike to the aquamarine colored Summit Lake, where we sit perched on a grassy null, soaking in the magnificient view. 

From the hiking trails to berry picking to exploring the 272-acre Independence Mine to skiing, Hatcher's Pass is an incredible playground for the adventurous who seek to immerse themselves in the rugged Alaskan wilderness. On this day, the hills are lush and green, the clouds float wistfully across the horizon and I am mesmerized by the tranquility and beauty of this place that so easily captures my heart each time I visit...

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