Sunday, July 25, 2010

Big Jim's Visit, Part 2: Skyline Trail

Thursday morning. Scrambled quail eggs with sauteed mushrooms and Italian cheese blend, and toast with three kinds of homemade jam.

James traded days off this week so that he could have Thursday off to go hiking. We're so glad it was a pretty day and the rain held off until late. While I headed to Sterling to pick up Moya and go to the Alaska Horn and Antler store, the three guys and Belle were also headed to Sterling to hike Skyline Trail.

Skyline Trail is located in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and the hike is rated from "Difficult" to "Strenuous" depending on which guide you're reading. The trail gains 1800 feet in 3/4 of a mile, putting hikers above the treeline and looking down across the mountains and waterways well before the end of the one-mile-long trail.

Here's James and Big Jim, headed up the trail:

Jean Lake is visible behind James and Big Jim. You can get an idea of how far they've traveled upwards.

The effort has warranted Big Jim's shedding of his wool shirt. And you really should enlarge this photo to see the lake below them. No, that's not a camera trick. The water really is that jewel-y color.

The clouds are rolling in - below where the guys are standing.

Big Jim looks like he's riding an invisible bicycle on the top of the trail:

Down again at the trailhead, Jim and James look pleased with themselves.

As do Big Jim and Belle. She did a good job for an eleven-year-old!

Back home that evening, we put huge steaks and asparagus on the grill, with sauteed green peppers and onions and salad to go with it. Big Jim treated us to ice cream and fresh fruit for dessert. It was a good sort of day to start off our visit! 

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