We arrived in Alaska in the middle of the night and headed directly to our rental RV to get some sleep in the parking lot of Great Alaskan Holidays before heading out on our adventure.
A quick (okay, in all honesty it was a fairly extensive) stop at Wal-mart for groceries and we headed out of Anchorage. Morning rain that changed our hiking plans gave way to one of the most quintessential camping days. As we drove along Cook Inlet to Portage, the sun came out and the sky turned brilliantly blue. We had lunch in the RV before taking a 5 or 6 mile hike to Byron Glacier. We walked along a beautiful stream and then started up a snowy slope to the glacier. Can I tell you how much fun it is to play in the snow while it is a sunny, warm June day?
Our stop for that night was at Quartz Creek Campground in Cooper Landing. This is a popular campground later in the season but since it was early June, there were very few people and we had a prime spot right on Kenai Lake. The kids set up hammocks in the trees and Dave found driftwood along the lake for a camp fire. Smores were in order for dessert!! I took some time to explore the lakeshore and came across lots of moose scat and bear paw prints. No sleeping in the hammocks overnight!
My kids aren’t babies anymore. This trip to Alaska was Clare’s high school graduation gift. As I sat watching them around the campfire, I knew this was a special time as their relationships transitioned into more friendship rather than simply siblings.