Friday, January 22, 2010
Fall Adventures of John & Kat
Fall – kayak seasons wrapped up. It’s time to soak up the diminishing heat of the sun and camp one more time before snow. One trip on our short list is a combo hike/paddle from Cooper landing to Seward via Kenai Lake and the Lost Lake trail.
The yellow red colors are rich. The air smells of fall, pungent with seasons' end. We check the weather and decide to begin with the Lost Lake hike.
The snow lines working down but the air has warmth mid day. We’re the only ones hiking the trail that day. Not a marmot, porcupine or bear in sight. Kat checked.
The trail is about 15 miles long. It has some elevation gain/loss at the beginning and end, with the middle 8 or so miles cruising a high plateau. Lost Lake is in the middle and as you can see quite beautiful.
Since we started at the Primrose end of the trail we finish in Seward with an overview of Resurrection Bay. Made even better by late afternoon light.
Next morning comes early with packing and a drive to Cooper Landing. By mid day we are paddling. Sunny and flat, by mid afternoon its an Alaska heat wave (almost 60f). We couldn’t have asked for a better day to end September. We split the distance and camp about half way down Kenai Lake.
We find one of the few remote picnic tables I’ve encountered, perched in a perfect spot. We pitch our tent and settle in for the evening.
The Sunset is spectacular...
As is the moonrise... Three days of reprieve from winters awaking. We toast fall and the wildness of Alaska.
John & Kat