On our final day in Alaska, we woke up in Girdwood and went out for our final hike. We chose Winner’s Trail which we expanded by adding a few miles on the Upper Winner’s trail. It was a wonderful way to cap off so many hikes and sites in Alaska. We then drove to Anchorage to take a late flight.
Winner’s trail is a easy hike and I strongly recommend continuing to the hand tram (a pulley system that allows you to crank you way across the river). Unfortunately the hand tram was broken but the views were still incredible. We peeled off to take the upper Winner’s trail which is a bit more challenging and less traveled. I saw a black bear ahead of us near the end of that part of the hike. The day was clear and warm — making the hike the perfect end to a great series of hikes.
After our hike, Jack and I drove to Anchorage for a few rounds of trap shooting at the Birchwood range outside of Anchorage. It was Jack’s first time and he was very good. I on the other hand was dreadful. No need to discuss the number of hits. Let it just be said that clays have little to fear from me. Everyone is quite nice at Birchwood but I do not expect an invitation to the skeet competition planned for this weekend.
We are now heading to the airport on a delayed Delta flight so it looks like a red-eye flight that will be delayed by three hours for some undisclosed reason. Fortunately, we have a lot of Alaska pictures to entertain us from our trip. I will post a final blog entry after we return to Virginia and get some sleep!