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.
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.
It was such a gorgeous day, I had to capture it. Sadly, solo hiking means #selfies
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.
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.