August 30th was my 27th birthday! Having spent much of my summer in Homer, on call and waiting to scan fish, it was solidly decided that I had to get out of dodge for my birthday. (In case you aren't aware, birthdays are my favorite holidays of the year....I love the entire idea of celebrating individuals on their very own day!) August 31st was the 24th birthday of my friend and old roommate, Jen! So the two of us, our friend Rachel Todd, and my two dogs headed across Kachemak Bay to Kachemak Bay State Park for a 3 day backpacking trip in celebration of us and the wilderness. Yeah!
The water taxi dropped us off at Humpy Creek, where indeed the Humpy's were running. If you look at this picture of the Creek, all of the things poking out of the water are the backs of spawning salmon. It was a veritable playground for the dogs, who paid for their rotten salmon buffet later that night with much puking. They didn't seem too phased, but I thought it was disgusting.
Jen and Rachel, on Saturday. The 30th was an absolutely gorgeous day - nearly no clouds to be seen and we were HOT (not just figuratively, either). One of the few times this summer that I've felt really really too warm.
The dogs resting in the shade when we reached the alpine, on our way to Emerald Lake.
This is Emerald Lake, where we camped for two nights. On the second day we hiked down to the edge of the glacier, and then back up to the lake. At this lovely overlook, day one, we had stopped for picture taking and snacking before heading straight down through the alders and massive shrubs to the lake. And being the cool kid that I am, I left my camera sitting in the tundra. It proceeded to rain rain rain for the next two days, and by the time I realized where my camera was and climbed back up to retrieve it....well, let's just say I ordered a new camera and it's on its way.
The result of the camera-debacle is that my pictures from this trip stop abruptly at the beautiful weather and this scenic overlook. Alas. Jen has more, and at some point I'll have to direct you either to her pictures online or post a few up here. But for now, I think you get the gist. Three days, great company, beautiful beautiful mountains and ice and snow, good hiking, a most fabulous birthday.