While my sister was visiting we made arrangements to borrow a couple of extra 4-wheelers and hit the trails, which is one of our favorite things to do during the summer. The dogs are quite accustomed to riding in our side-by-side and quickly jump in the rig to go. Apparently, Stoli thought he was driving this time!
Since we went on a weekday there were only a handful of other people out on the trails so we had the area pretty much to ourselves. It had rained quite a bit the week prior to our outing so there were several areas of standing water to navigate. The trail from the parking lot is fairly wooded until it opens up near the river.
This particular location has a variety of trails that criss-cross each other so we had many to choose from. We let the Hubs lead with the goal of getting as close to the glacier as possible.
As we approached the sandy area along the river, Stoli decided that he didn’t want to ride and since we didn’t let him drive, he hopped out and led the caravan at a run.
Along the river the trail opens up to a wide sandy shoreline and vegetated sand dunes off to the left.
There were some larger vehicles up on the dunes, so we opted to stay along the river heading toward the glacier, which we could see in the distance.
My sister got a pretty good shot of her hubby on the 4-wheeler with the glacier in the background when we paused to consider the trails we could take from this point.
We decided to hang out on the shore and let the dogs play a bit before continuing so they could get some energy out, while my sister walked the beach looking for good shots.
You’re probably wondering where the spa treatment part of the title for this post comes in by now. Well I’m about to tell you. The trails got pretty muddy once we headed into the trees and we soon realized the river was too high to cross so we started exploring the wooded trails.
While fording a larger puddle my brother-in-law had a little mishap and ended up tipping his rig over right in the deepest part of the puddle, coating his entire right side in silty muddy water. Once we made sure that both he and the rig were ok, we all enjoyed a good laugh about the moment and I teased him that women pay big money to be shipped glacier mud for facials and he just coated almost his entire body for free! 🙂
Once we got the rig running again we made a b-line for the truck so we could get him warmed up and dried out. We didn’t make it to the glacier but it was a fun outing regardless. While they didn’t get to take their picture on the glacier I did get some shots of my sister along the beautiful river that’s just minutes from our house in Hatcher Pass.
I tried to take her up to the historic Independence Mine at the top of the pass that day, but the fog had rolled in, hiding the mine. We made it as far as the red cabins at the main parking lot before calling it and heading back down the river.
I’m glad they both got to experience a bit of the local sights and outdoor adventures this area of Alaska offers. Plus they went home with several fun stories to share – which is always the sign of a great trip!