Our days are getting longer, as they should in mid-January. However, there is very important thing missing from our winter so far...snow. No snow in Alaska? Can it be true? Apparently yes. We've had a warmer than normal winter so far, with temps hovering in the mid-30's with rain. Last week the temps dropped, at last. We ended up getting a few inches of snow, but really, nothing worth noting fell below 3,000 feet. Above 3,000 feet? Well, barely worth noting. So, what does a person do when cross country and alpine skiing are virtually off the list? Hike!
One of the 'bonuses' of a lack of snow is good hiking conditions. We decided to head out to explore Meridian, Grayling and Leech lakes. All in all, we ended up with a beautiful day, the dogs loved it and at nearly 7 miles we earned our dinners.