Eklutna in the Spring

The hubs and I took advantage of the beautiful weather over the weekend and headed out to Eklutna Lake for a ride in our side-by-side.  This was the first time either of us had been out on this trail so we weren’t sure what to expect, but the view from parking lot gave us a pretty good indication of what we were in store for.

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As soon as we had the side-by-side off the trailer the kiddos loaded up to ride and somebody apparently thought she was supposed to ride shotgun.Ride2

That lasted all of about two seconds before I relegated her to the back with her siblings and took my seat next to the hubs so we could head down the trail.
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The first part of the trail was a little narrow and riddled with puddles left over from the melting spring snow.RideTrail

As the trail opened up we came to this cute little bridge, which took us over a creek that feeds the lake.RideTrailBridge

I had fun playing with the mirrors the hubs recently installed when the trees blocked the view of the lake.RideSelfieIncluding giggling at these two goofballs watching the scenery go by with total excitement.

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Eventually the trees gave way and we were blessed with this view. RideLakeside

We continued down the trail, occasionally encountering other riders as we traveled along the shore for several miles.  At the end of the lake we found this charred forest with beautiful views of the mountains.  We continued on for a bit before we decided to head back after a quick stop to eat a snack and give the dogs water.   RideTrailFire

As we loaded the dogs back up to get going Bacardi seemed pretty tired, so I held her on my lap, where she tried desperately to sleep despite the bumpy trail.  She stayed there all the way to the parking lot, where she was suddenly wide awake again.
RideFinalIt was a good first trip out for the season.  Hopefully there will be many more to share in the coming months!

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