Sunday, June 7, 2009

Elliot Highway...

I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.
~Henry David Thoreau~

If you know our family personally then you know how busy our days can get. Whether is is work, running kids around or just living life. But in the midst of all that we always find time to decompress. We have this habit that when life starts becoming a bit hectic we "disappear" into nature. Even if it is a simple trip to the lake or pond or river to fish or to find a great hiking trail or to just drive. In most states to drive is to be out in the highway in another realm of stress but here in Alaska even if you take the highway everyone needs to get from one city to another most of the time you will find yourself on an empty road.

Yesterday was one of those days....the clouds seemed to threaten rain but the sun kept on peeking from the clouds. We went ahead and decided to hit Steese Highway and fork off into Elliot Highway after Fox. We drove about 36 miles out of town up to Wickersham Dome. We hiked Wickersham Dome last year but yesterday we were only prepared to dive out and take in the scenic views.

On the way we passed a sign for Olnes Pond. Supposedly it is stocked with fish. We did not have our poles-wow that was surprising but we wanted to check it out since we have never been there before.

It looked like a really nice and quiet place. There was tent camping and actual campers around the pond enjoying the their weekend. It always amazes me how the kids can swim in such cold water mostly on an overcast day. This pond is on our list now to come back to and spend a day at.

There are roads used only by Aleyeska Pipeline workers to check the pipeline at certain points. We saw this blocked off bridge by the pond.

A nature trail nearby

We then passed Chatanika River and realized the dirt road we would take to get to the banks were washed out. I really did not want to take our Yukon down that. So we drove on.

It turned out to be a beautiful day. The sun coming through the clouds made for a partly cloudy day but it wasn't chilly or hot. Just perfect.

Scenic view on Elliot Highway

Watching clouds roll by
on a sunny day
Who needs church?
Nature is divine.
~Carrie Latet~

Washington Creek

Dirt Road...most park their vehicles and 4-wheel through trails in the woods.

Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning. ~Lydia M. Child~

Labrador Tea

Narcissus-flowered Anemone

Dwarf Dogwood

Looking towards Wickersham Dome

Beautiful Landscape

Small reflection ponds off the highway.

Heading back home.

There is no feeling like being able to get lost in the beauty of the nature that surrounds us. No matter how hectic and busy the days may get....never forget to take time to enjoy the "Real" reason for life itself. Enjoy your weekend.

1 comment:

Kristin Summerlin said...

Nice to see you're feeling the same as I. Summer is so fleeting and such a precious commodity here that I don't want to miss any little bit of it. Glad to see you're doing what's best for body and soul.