Yesterday was another beautiful, bluebird day here in often-rainy Seward, Alaska. It was one day after a spring break where it seemed like each day was trying to be more epic than the last. So, since the weather was great, I got outside with the dog on a walk. Both of us needed it. We started off around town, then headed towards a short “Two-Lakes Trail” walk. However, along the way we got sidetracked by a mountain.
I’d talked about the trail up Mount Marathon with folks since I arrived over two months ago but had never ventured up it. This the famous mountain from the “Mount Marathon Race” on the Fourth of July. While I was headed up less steep “Jeep Trail” I’d heard it was still steep and I’d heard it was slippery. And, when headed out by myself I tend not to go places where I don’t really know where I’m going. I’d rather get lost with someone than alone. But I started up anyway and it was fine. Yes, it was a a bit of a workout. And, yes, it was a little slick coming down. But it was a brilliant, chilly hike on a cold spring day with a nice view up at the top.
On the way down I got a most interesting call on my cell phone. The reception on both ends was a little shaky and it became clear early on that I was speaking way too fast for the person on the other line. The caller from Alabama had a deep Southern accent that was somewhat challenging to make out as I measured my steps down the hill. But we eventually caught on to what the conversation was about.
But wait, there’s more!