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Minerva Mountain Trail in Ketchikan Alaska

It was a beautiful day in Ketchikan, so we couldn’t waste it inside. The weather said it’d rain later in the afternoon, so we wanted to get an early jump on the day. I met up with Ali around 9am and we headed up to Carlanna Lake Trail. The beginning part of the Carlanna Lake Trail is wide and gradual. It’s probably only about a 5-minute walk from the parking lot to the lake, at which point you’re graced with this incredible view. The lake is always calm, the reflection on point, and that lone tree is just begging to be photographed (check out my instagram of that tree from an earlier hike up here). Walking alongside the lake is equally as relaxing. The trail meanders through the woods and peeks out two or three times to docks with benches so you can relax on the lake. Just beyond…

Float Plane to Misty Fjords Alaska

Today we took our annual end-of-the-season excursion. In the past, we’ve taken helicopters to glaciers and chartered a boat to Tracy’s Arm. This time we did something that’s been on my bucket list for a long time. We took a float plane to Misty Fjords (to be honest, riding in a float plane was on my bucket list, Misty Fjords was not, but it should have been). 9/24 Update: If pics aren’t good enough, the video is at the end of this post. We flew with Taquan Air. Our group was split in two planes since there were 9 of us and one plane couldn’t quite fit all of us. The flight took about 40 minutes from Ketchikan, around a few cool sights, and then landing in a calm inlet. Here’s our route in case you’re curious. (I was, which is why I put that thing together.) I sat up…

Elfin Cove and Juneau Alaska Easy Hiking Trails

Isa came up to visit and we played (and worked) a lot! We did three hikes: Brotherhood Trail, the Flume Trail, and Mt Roberts (to the tram). Isa also took a side trip to Elfin Cove to visit her dad who was fishing there with some clients at the time. Here’s a recap of her visit: Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei (Brotherhood Trail) I’ve wanted to see this view for a long time and never knew where it was until this season. It’s super easy to get to if you have a car, which we don’t, but not hard on the bus either. From downtown (Federal Building), the Route 4 Mendenhall bus took about 35 minutes. Just go out past Safeway and stop as soon as you cross the river. There’s a little parking lot there and this view of the fireweed and Mendenhall Glacier is literally from the parking lot. The…

Mt Roberts, Gastineau, and Gold Ridge Trail Guide

Two down, three to go. (Of the five peaks in Juneau) Tanner and I (and Panda, who had to bail early to go to work) hiked Mt. Roberts today. It was much longer and more difficult than we had anticipated. But much more worth it than I thought it’d be. Douglas Island (left) and Downtown Juneau with Mt Roberts Tram station (center) and Father Brown’s Cross (far right) We started hiking around 9:30am. Well, I left my apartment around 9am (at sea level) and hiked up to the interns’ apartment on 7th (already at 200ft although it feels like way more than just 200ft). We took the 6th Street entrance because it takes so much longer to go around to Basin Road. No longer maintained, but not technically off limits. There are a few landslides and downed trees that you have to traverse and the trail itself is a little…