Last Sunday we took a fabulous break from our routines. In the morning David and I ran one of my favorite Anchorage annual runs – Owen’s Milk Money 5k. And then we got the boys and dog and drove up to Eagle River Nature Center where we hiked <2 miles out to the Rapids Yurt. We dumped our stuff there and hiked a 4 mile loop that took us to Dew Mound and Dew Lake. It was a beautiful, quiet hike. The air was not too smoky and once we got past the Eagle River viewing loops we only encountered one other couple on the trails.
Close enough to home (40 minute drive to the Nature Center), but enough of an event to stay overnight and feel like we actually went somewhere – off the grid and out of the smoke. It was perfect.