When in bear country

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Last weekend we participated in the Anchorage DoG Jog. We got to know a new trail that is normally closed to dogs during winter (xc skiers only) and definitely bear country during summer. Hundreds of people ran/walked this trail during this event, so bears were not an issue that day.

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There was lots of bear “evidence” everywhere.
A good reminder of bear country safety:
1. Travel in large groups
2. Make noise (our doggies wear bells in their leashes). Most of the time bears will want to avoid you, they just need to hear you.
3. Avoid food in the trails. If you are to bring a snack avoid smelly stuff. You might be OK with packaged stuff such as an energy bar, but bring a zip lock to carry your garbage.
4. Carry bear spray and check the wind direction before using it.

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Smile, it’s Friday!

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Enjoy the weekend!

Hiking the Nordic Ski Trails in Girdwood

The Alaskan Fishing Experience

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Hundreds of people “dipnetting” in the background

 

One of the truly Alaskan experiences is salmon “dipnetting”. Every year thousands of Alaskan residents dip their fishing nets at the mouth of the Kenai river and get massive quantities of salmon. The season only lasts ~3 weeks and it is a spectacle.

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Dip net

 

Wearing chest waders, people will stand in the cold water for hours holding heavy nets as the tide raises. 

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Redoubt volcano in the background.

 

They are everywhere!

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Do not miss all the tents on the shore!

 

Four wheelers are needed to travel in the beach, thousands of tents and quads pop up, turning the beach into the second largest city in Alaska!

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This year the Snowieners got to experience it all!

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Black & White Sunday

Posted On July 21, 2013

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This weekend the Snowieners went camping for the first time. This is a very special Alaskan camping treat. All the details & pics coming soon.

Smile, it’s Friday!

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And we are going camping and fishing this weekend. Bailey is thinking on the fresh salmon. Yum!

Alaska Summer Clock

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Alaska’s most well-known wildflower is the fireweed. It starts to bloom in undisturbed land in early summer. Patches of fireweed can be seen growing all over the Alaska roads and fields. Unlike other flowers, fireweed blooms from the bottom up. Alaskans think of the fireweed blooming as an indication of the progress of summer. Petals open over the course of several weeks and when it reaches the top, Alaskans associate it with the end of summer.

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I like to believe summer is a bit longer than a few weeks, but can’t help but think ‘Carpe diem’ as I admire the pinkish landscape…

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Black & White Sunday – While we were out

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Foto by K. Logan

This week TeKeela and Bailey were spoiled by their sitter. They went in all kinds of hikes with different dogs and had fun slumber parties every night. Every day we would receive several pictures of their fun activities. We were told they bonded pretty well with this cute Lab. Loved the pic!

Smile, it’s Friday!

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Hiking Summit Lake

Summit Lake @ Hatcher's Pass.

Summit Lake @ Hatcher’s Pass.

Summit Lake is 2 miles and 800 feet of elevation from the Hatcher’s Pass Lodge. It was a cool (41F) and rainy day, but we wore our winter coats hiked around the lake. We ran into these four playful Labradors. They were swimming in the lake and I couldn’t help but stare. DSCN3148

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TeKeela watching a group of Labs swimming in the lake.

So I decided to give it a try, but the water was too cold for me.

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Wet but happy

Wet but happy!

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