Shades of Blue: Eklutna Lake

While we often plan for exciting excursions, many of our exploits occur spontaneously because we are responding to the chances nature offers up.  On New Year’s Day this year, a lake near our home had an incredible thawing and freezing cycle create 11 miles of smooth-as-glass ice–a true potential playground (if discovered).


Eureka!  What a find!  I couldn’t catch up with our little man who skated miles out ahead with his dad and some friends, so the girls and I just played.


We usually get most of our wilderness skating in before the snow falls in mid-December so strapping the skates back on in the backcountry was a real treat.  I imagine how many moments like this that are just waiting to be found.

Will they remember the year the lake lay bare on its first day?


I can’t believe it matters.

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