People from Girdwood to Anchorage to Eagle River to Hunter Creek along Knik River live adjacent to one of the largest and most unique state parks in the nation — Chugach State Park — a 495,000-acre recreationists’ paradise of mountains, valleys, lakes and streams and diverse wildlife. But in many locations, access to the park has become problematic and some of its trails are in dire need of maintenance, if not re-routing.
On Oct. 3 as I ascended a ridge in South Fork (Eagle River), the slopes were white with new snow. Everywhere it looked and felt like winter. And with layers, gloves, wool hat and boots large enough for big socks, I had dressed accordingly.
I’m sure today’s job market for young people is more competitive than back in my day. But Anchorage and its environs are a lot bigger now and it seems there would be more jobs available.
One morning a few weeks ago while reading the newspaper, I was disturbed by high-pitched cries coming from outside of my house. At first I thought it was one of my neighbor’s dogs. “If it is,” I thought, “it sounds like that lynx I saw recently has gotten a hold of him.”
Clutching to a paddle that he had somehow jammed into debris beneath the frigid, rushing water, pinned and unable to free himself from his submerged kayak, Steve Rossberg wondered if anyone could hear the distress calls from his police whistle. After 90 minutes in the icy water, body numb, he could feel his will to survive ebbing. Then, with his head barely above water, he thought he saw someone on shore making a cell phone call. “I’ve got to hang on,” he thought. “I’ve got to hang on."
People are debating issues such as the economy, energy and health care, but someone has to talk about stuff like this: I’m talking about how when you’re hiking or bike riding, the same song keeps repeating over and over again in your head and you can’t get rid of it.
The Crow Pass trail isn’t for the faint of heart.
The Albert Loop Trail near the Eagle River Nature Center has been closed because of increased bear traffic in the area.
“Scouting teaches boys responsibility and basic skills on adulthood, it gives them a head start to growing up to be independent young men who can be self reliant and self responsible” said Boy Scout Troop 190 Scoutmaster Wes Raley.
Folks who aren’t quite as energetic as some of the event’s stars are still welcome at this year’s Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Walk for Seniors.