Seward Trip and Cabin on Dolly Varden Lake

It’s been a while since I’ve made a blog post, guess I’ve done nothing noteworthy in a while. This one starts of slow but ends pretty spectacularly, hang in there.

The mini-vacation started off in Seward on Saturday, postponed a day by the back end of a serious low pressure system. Let’s back up a little bit. I’ve had a broken taillight for about a month now, and finally decided to fix it up with some red tape before I left for my aunt and uncle’s place. Well, in trying to sweep the snow from the edges I sliced two of my fingers open on pieces of plastic still hanging on to the frame. So much for that idea, frustration set in and I left it for another day. I sure hope that doesn’t come back to bite me in the ass….

The drive down to Seward, while just as beautiful in the winter time is a totally different experience. I don’t believe I saw pavement for 95% of the distance down the highway, I could have been on Ice Road Truckers for all I knew…snow piled high on both sides of a hard-packed, slick, white surface. Seward provided some good family time as well as some good pictures of eagles on Resurrection Bay.

Can you tell which pictures were taken from my camera phone and which were taken with my uncle’s Canon 40D? Good, I can’t either.

A beautiful day on the beach of Resurrection Bay.

Ruger not minding the cold water

After a nice day and a half with the family it was time to meet up with Emily and Mary-Beth for some cabin camping out in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Upon leaving Seward I promptly get pulled over for speeding(I swear I never saw a reduced speed sign) just south of Moose Pass where the officer give me a ticket for a busted tail light. Shit. Oh well, it couldn’t get any worse from here right?

I met the co-workers at the Seward/Sterling Hwy intersection around 9:30 PM where we decided to take both cars due to the icy road conditions. A not so quick jaunt through the Kenai Mountains, we reached the side road that would lead us to our trail head and eventually the cabin. The road had not been plowed since receiving a foot of snow in previous days so my two wheel drive car was probably going to struggle. Since I do not want to currently relive the harrowing tale I will give you a condensed version. If you really want to know, just ask me about it sometime. Long story short, my car got stuck/unstuck a handful of times, was abandoned at a pullout, followed by a 1.5 mile hike. The other four wheel drive vehicle would eventually go no further and was in peril of being stuck for good as well, when we were still at least 3 miles away from our cabin at 1:00 AM. Both cars freed and off of the God-forsaken Skilak Lake Rd., plan B was in full effect. Motel time. Which eventually let to…..

The uppity penguin….look at that pretentious bastard.

Ended up switching our cabin reservation to the Dolly Varden Lake cabin not too far away.

Breaking trail really sucks sometimes.

Sunset on Dolly Varden Lake

Breaking more trail on the lake, some spots had a foot of snow on top of slush.

Grainy camera phone pic of me and the full moon, which rendered the headlamp pretty useless.

Our little cabin, only accessible over the frozen lake. Snowshoes FTW!

If there’s one good thing about living in the high latitudes, it’s that you don’t have to wake up super early to catch an amazing sunrise.(click for full size goodness)



The “road” out

While the cabin/snowshoe trip ended here, the spectacular views did not. Driving through the Kenai Mountains with a clear blue sky background did not disappoint. I kept asking myself all the way back to Anchorage, “Is this real? Because it looks *#&$^%*& unbelievable!”

A little left over radiation fog trapped in the valley over Kenai Lake.

About mtlawson07

I'm a meteorologist living and working in Anchorage, Alaska
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2 Responses to Seward Trip and Cabin on Dolly Varden Lake

  1. Barbara laforge says:

    Beautiful, beautiful. I wish I could be transported up there. Do u think u could pull me in a sled? I am equally enamored with Resurrection Bay. Thanks for sharing.

  2. mtlawson07 says:

    I’d love to have you guys up here sometime. I don’t know about pulling you in a sled though ;). I was sweating pretty good just hauling my own gear.

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