I took a four hour walk today on the Kenai River.
It was a pretty warm day. Only minus 10 below zero, not the 20 below
temperatures that we have been enduring for the last few weeks.
It's still cold at night, but tonight we should be in non negative
numbers because the clouds have come back. I
just glanced at our thermometer and we are already at 6 degrees...that's the tropics compared to
the 32 below zero temperature in Portage last night!!
The Kenai River is really a spectacular river. It is home
to many different species of salmon.
I think it's one of the most beautiful rivers on the Peninsula!
It has amazing aqua colored water, and believe me when I say it's a
very cold river!!! This is not a river you want to go swimming in,
even in the summer!
This river is non forgiving and can give you hypothermia
within a couple of minutes. Vests are mandatory!!!
The hoar frost from the ice fall has turned everything
into a magical wonderland!!
The twig and ice photo below reminded me of a oriental
Trees hung heavy with frost.
Everywhere I looked had another perfect postcard view.
And every bend lured me on...
To more magical scenes...
It was truly a perfect day.
Ice was flowing down the river and I could hear it
clinking away like glasses on New Years Eve. Steam was rising from the
water, creating beautiful misty scenes.
A few times during my walk, I caught quick glimpses of sunlight
on some of the surrounding mountains.
While down on the river there were icy rapids,
dipper birds, ducks and some bald eagles!
Some of the river banks
were piled high with broken ice.
My walk was pretty tiresome today, every step put me almost waste deep into
snow. Because it was pretty tough walking I never noticed the cold.
Next time I will have to strap on my snowshoes!!!
Stay warm everyone and enjoy the blessings of winter.