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Hiking to Williwaw Lake & Moose’s Adopt-a-versary!

July 13, 2015

July 3 marked our 2 year anniversary of owning Moose Eleanor. At times, she is a pain-in-the-butt, but mostly she’s a wonderful addition to our family. She never fails to provide cuddles, play wrestling games, she’s always up for a hike or a backpacking trip, and she does a super job of protecting our porch. (No dog shall get within a 10 ft. radius without us being made aware!)

Rescuing an animal is such a rewarding feeling, because you give a dog a second chance at life. All of ours have been rescues (We got Sasha when she was 4 from a shelter in SC), and I couldn’t imagine them not being a part of our family or the possibility that they could be put down.

To celebrate her anniversary as a Stewart, Moose & I decided to hike to Williwaw Lake in the Chugach Mountain Range just outside of Anchorage.

Williwaw Lake. Simply beautiful.

Williwaw Lake. Simply beautiful.

Because it was such a gorgeous weekend (and a holiday weekend!), the trailhead I would normally park at was full. I ended up parking at the Upper Huffman Trailhead, adding an extra 4 miles to our hike. We saw a lot of backpackers looking to celebrate our nation’s freedom with tents and a beautiful view and it made me want to come back asap to stay the night as well.

If you attempt this hike, give yourself at least 6 hours. It’s relatively flat, but mostly exposed to the sun so it can get really hot if its a sunny day.

Here are some photos from our gorgeous 6.5 hour hike.ย 
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hike4Moose had a blast running through the trail and chasing after every bird and vole she saw. She was an excellent hike guide.
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It was such a gorgeous day, I had to capture it. Sadly, solo hiking means #selfies

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We also took several snack breaks. I tried out the two bars we got in the June Cairn Box and really loved the Simple Squares Cinna-clove bar.ย snackbreak1

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Snack Break #2: These bars from our Cairn box were soon yummy!

Moose took every water break she could – 15 miles was a bit tough. Every time we came to a lake or stream, she would lay down for a few minutes and drink up.

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  • Reply Madre July 13, 2015 at 16:27

    Beautiful scenery!

  • Reply Alex Kuprienko July 14, 2015 at 11:17

    Did you take the easier route around the mountain or went over the top?

    • Reply Emily Stewart July 14, 2015 at 12:44

      We took the easy route around the mountain. Wasn’t quite feeling up to climbing O’Malley valley and going through the Ballfield. Next time, maybe ๐Ÿ™‚

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