Aug 1, 2011

Alaska....

****This is a very long post***
So I have lots of stuff to tell about from our vaca to Alaska.  But I'm just going to share my most memorable moment.  Sooo it's seems that every year we go to Alaska.  I'm not opposed to it at all...and I'm sure this will continue for a very long time considering Danny tries to get us to move there about once a week.  anyway, our Alaska trip this year took us to Juneau then to a small town called Gustavus.  Most beautiful part of the world I have seen to this date.  Well, Danny is still there working (I'll talk about that later) which is why I'm not able to post any pictures because he still has the camera.  But the scariest thing I've ever experienced happened while we were there this time..

So we get to Gustavus which is a tiny town (smaller than parowan) and it is home to Glacier Bay National Park.  While we were there we decided we would do a glacier tour, some fishing, and hiking.  Well it is known to be bear country so I asked Danny before we went if we could ask our friends (Zach and Mutts) if they had any bear spray....just in case.  Well they did...but it was out on their boat.  We saw some bear spray for sale while we were in Juneau but figured we wouldn't need it so we didn't buy it. So we ended up with no bear spray.

We went to the ranger station and asked about some hikes we could go on.  They showed us some hikes and told us there were many people/families out in the forest hiking and backpacking and that we were not alone.  But he did warn us of a bear siting.  Well we found a hike we could go on that was clearly marked and had high traffic.  It was only a 4 mile hike round trip which wasn't bad at all. So we got our things together, put Ashlynn in her pack and headed on out way.

For those of you who have never been to Alaska the forests there are extremely dense.  so dense that even if you were to see any animal it would practically be gone in 5 seconds because of how thick the forests are.  So we're hiking along and I decide to be in front because sometimes Danny hikes too fast....And we're just strolling along and I come up a little hill in the trail and go around a tree and look ahead and low and behold there is a black bear...about 40 feet away from me on the same trail that we were are on, walking towards us.  not even joking.