Our first stop today was the Iditarod Trail Headquarters in Wasilla.
The youth leader at the Church told us we should go to the Butte. Just outside Palmer, a half hour drive away, it was a good hike and beautiful views. Only thing he didn't say was how steep it was. Hiking I can do, steep, not so well.
But I started up anyway, it just took me a while longer than it took the kids. John stayed with me, I don't know if he was breathing as hard as me or was just going slow to make sure I was okay. We would stop along the way to get a glimpse of the view, and to rest our legs.
|And then look at how far we still had to go...|
So then we'd start to climb again. And rest again to look at the view again.
|The reindeer farm below|
|The Glacier we'll drive to tomorrow.|
|Ryan waited for us, but Ian was gone from site, and you can see Kamryn the mountain goat...|
So we continued until we finally made it to the top! And I have photos to prove it.
|886 feet high, and we started at sea level, This might make our Christmas card photo this year.|
|The Knik River|
|Though not everyone would make it back down the mountain|
|My favorite, pinecones|
|Almost down, of course Kamryn and Ian were way ahead of us|
We took a quick drive by the reindeer farm on the way out and got to see them through the fence, even some males doing battle, and some babies.
Oh, one last thing, we found Sarah Palin's house.
|This was as close as we could get|