I am a huge fan of far-off trips to amazing, new, and exciting places, but man is it great to find amazing, new, and exciting places in the backyard! Thursday evening, a friend on her way home to Girdwood after work dropped John Wros, Jeremy Wood, and me off at the Bird Valley Trailhead for a traverse of the Chugach State Park. Almost all of the terrain we covered was new to me, which was such a treat. Generally speaking, we went: Bird Creek - Bird Pass - Grizzly Bear Lake - Camp Creek - Eagle River - Dishwater Creek - Bombardment Pass - Eklutna Lake - Yudikench - Pioneer. Lots of tundra walking, some river crossing, a bit of thwacking, and a whole bunch of sunshine. Oh! And another friend -- Dave Bass -- joined along the way. Wohoo!
It was so beautiful out there, and I'm so psyched to have shared it with three super fun people. Thanks guys for the great trip!