After leaving Anchorage we headed south past the Turnagain Arm to the weather-funnel of the Portage Valley and endured the worst weather of the trip so far. Hard winds and blowing rain. I took my friends advice (a veteran AK Outward Bound Instructor) and brought multiple rain jackets and a tarp to put over my 4 season tent. The advice was crucial, the tarp-over-tent system kept me a lot more dry.

In the morning we woke to some real-deal rain and decided to head to the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center center at Portage Lake. We got some good information from the center and headed out to walk up to the Byron Glacier. We walked on a snowfield, a pile of talus, and then returned to a walk around the Placer River and saw some spawning salmon. Very big fish.

Back on the road, we headed towards the town of Seward and had a nice walk around town gathering up information on the boat tours and the surrounding area. We then went over to camp at the Exit Glacier area and planned the next few days. The next morning we took off up the Harding Ice Field trail in drizzle and mist. When we climbed above tree line we saw a small glimpse into the world of ice, although the majority of our view was blocked by the thick fog. The next day I took a walk up the Resurrection River and Joe and Alanna went out on a boat tour of the Fjords. Stay tuned for the third and final AK Dispatch next week. Enjoy the images below!

The forest floor near the Placer River, Portage, Chugach National Forest

The Placer River in flood stage

Looking down on the Resurrection River Valley and Bay from the Harding Ice Field Trail, Kenai Fjords National Park

Exit Glacier as seen from Marmot Meadows, Harding Ice Field Trail, Kenai Fjords NP

Looking south down the Resurrection Bay from Lowell Point Road,

Looking north to the Resurrection River and surrounding mountains, Kenai Fjords National Park