Thursday, September 14, 2006

Here it comes again

Autumn is here. The leaves are barely turning in Anchorage, but in the mountains they're going fast. It's a harsh reminder to squeeze in all the fun we can, because the whole dang thing could go to crap in a hurry.

That three-week rainy spell we had last month? If that stuff comes back, it could include sleet or snow next time.

Fortunately, Wednesday was one of those rare September days that can only be described as specdamntacular: Cool temperatures with barely a cloud in the sky, and no wind to disturb the surface of Eklutna Lake in Chugach State Park. It seemed like it took nearly all freakin' day to ride the 26-mile roundtrip up to the glacier, because I kept stopping to shoot pictures and soak up the beauty and solitude.

As I rode the final approach to the end of the trail, I passed into the shadow of a mountain and felt the temperature drop significantly. At the spot where I always enjoy a snack, the sun was still coming up.

At 1 o'clock in the afternoon.

Daylight is growing short. Enjoy it while you can.

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