Who leaves Alaska in the summer?

We still have big patches of lingering snow in Anchorage, but the days feel like spring. Here’s the trailer, still snowbound last weekend.


She (he? it? I’m not sure of the trailer’s gender) is plowed out now and getting ready for a solar panel install.

We are tentatively planning to leave on May 5.  But if we don’t leave then, eh, who cares?  It may be the most difficult time of year to leave Alaska.  Winter is finally over, everything is budding out, huge skeins of honking birds are migrating overhead, the woods have a spicy smell that I’ve only experienced up here, the days are getting long, and summer is about to hit full-force. We would normally be planning our summer hikes and camping trips now.

Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite hikes.

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Crow Pass Trail near Raven Glacier

Crow Pass Trail near Raven Glacier

Resurrection Pass

Resurrection Pass

Tidal patterns on Turnagain Arm from Bird Ridge

Tidal patterns on Turnagain Arm from Bird Ridge

George and Zoe at Rabbit Lake on chilly day

George and Zoe at Rabbit Lake on chilly mid-summer day

Turnagain Arm from the Porcupine Campground in Hope

Turnagain Arm from the Porcupine Campground in Hope, start of Gull Rock Trail

We are probably crazy to leave this time of year.  But but we are ready and looking forward to the sweet pleasures of a New England summer for a change–corn straight from the field, really ripe tomatoes, fried clams with bellies, fresh lobster, and (on a non-food note) fireflies.  It’s countdown time.


7 thoughts on “Who leaves Alaska in the summer?

  1. Yes you are truly nuts but then again I love our winters almost more than summer. If your near N.J. at the end of August what I miss most about the East coast is the Jersey tomatoes… The are none better. When you first slice one you mouth will water just from the smell… Anyway have a safe trip

  2. Mmm. Garden State tomatoes. We may be in Jersey at the very end of the tomato season. If so, I will be sure to sample some and to post a picture.
    I am a bit tired of the winters in Anchorage–it’s just too cloudy. At least you get some actual sun in the interior–even if it’s 40 below.

  3. Salmon straight from Resurrection Bay, stir-fried fireweed shoots, tender razor clams shucked on the beach and fried in the camper, we’ll see your fresh lobster and raise you two Dungeness crabs with a side of Alaskan shrimp, the high trill of rufous hummingbirds providing the background music. But, yeah, New England’s pretty cool, too. Safe journeys! (Love your blog title.)

    • Baby Alaskan carrots right out of the soil, little Kachemak Bay oysters eaten raw, Hatcher Pass blueberries, smoked Halibut … I could go on. Let’s face it, we have some exquisite food up here. Good luck on your new adventure, too. And I’m glad you like the blog title.

  4. Your photos are beautiful! Thanks for bringing back fond memories of our 2013 RV journey from Georgia to Alaska. We loved every minute we were in Alaska. Just wish we had had more time! We also travel with a yellow lab. She is a good traveler and has been swimming in Cook Inlet, in Haines and many other places in our travels. Have a wonderful journey!

    • Go Dawgs! (We lived in Georgia for ten years and I’ve spent a lot of time in Athens.) Isn’t Alaska amazing? It’s easy to take beautiful photos up here–just point and shoot. Your yellow lab is lovely. Ours is a good traveler, too, although she hasn’t been on any really long trips yet. Like yours, I know she will sample the swimming every where we go. Maybe I should put a Zoe swimming map on the blog! I see from your blog that you drove the Cassiar Highway. What did you think of it? Thanks for your nice wishes and happy wandering to you.

      • I love the idea of a Zoe swimming map! She is beautiful. We drove the Cassier from north to south near the end of our trip. The first part of it was narrow with no shoulder and could have used some repairs but the scenery was beautiful. We didn’t take as much time exploring the area as we would have liked because of time restraints. It is worth it to make the trip to Stewart/Hyder.

        Go Dawgs! It is amazing how many people have ties to Georgia and to UGA. Looking forward to following you on your journey!

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