My friend David from the Africa trip and his wife Joanne arrived in Anchorage this weekend. They are going to bike from Anchorage, Alaska to Argentina! Crazy people :) I love it! Check out their blog: http://www.eat-bike-globe.com

I have to admit that I feel jealous and excited for their trip. Their bikes and setup and gear look amazing. I can’t believe that as I go back to work tomorrow, they’ll be starting this amazing journey.

There were lots of animals and tourists in Denali np!  The tourists liked to tell us that we are crazy to camp with bears roaming around. They usually said it with an attitude of being smarter than us and then would shake their heads… it’s our own stupidity if we don’t make it out alive I guess ;) 

One of the keys to bear safety (as pointed out in the half hour video we were forced to watch before backcountry camping), is to be on the look out for bears.  I thought we were doing a decent job and just getting lucky.  Zero bears the first day biking 50 miles.  On the shuttle ride back the second day, the driver had reached 16 in his bear count as he pointed them out to us. haha

I seem to be doing the same backpacking trips that I did last year.  Anyway… I will go to Reed Lakes whenever since it is so beautiful!  It was a fun 5 mile hike in hopping over boulders.

I am committing to buying a new tent after this outing.  The very clean zippers keep snagging and I found holes in my fly (not just the mesh now).  I guess that’s what happens after 4 years of heavy use.

Dipnetting! My first catch of the summer was the highlight… As it is still my only catch of the summer.

With little luck on the Kenai, we tried the Kasilof River. We slept in my friends’ fancy conversion van and awoke at 3am to fireworks and the incoming tide. Dipnet camping is an experience filled with fireworks, 4 wheelers, narly looking Alaskans, and fish guts.

After the dipnetting crowds, breaking my fishing rod out and finding a secluded stretch of river is sounding nice.