Quiet Easy Day Today
Sal kind of hurt his back a bit earlier, so we decided to take it easy today. We went for a really short hike early on and then took a nice drive up to Captain Cook Alaska State Park. It was an amazing drive!! Stormy Lake was along the drive. Its only about 30 miles or so from where we're staying. I'm sure we'll make the drive more while we're here looking for any wildlife that might be hiding.
At the very end of the road is this view over Cook Inlet. There's also a campground right out here too. Beautiful!! Apparently, there have been a couple of young grizzlies hanging out, but they were no where around while we were there, much to our disappointment.
The clouds on the other side of the inlet are hovering over Mt. Redoubt, the active volcano that still spews pretty much every day in one way or another. It seems to definitely have it's own weather!
At one corner of the property here there's this trail that heads down to the river. . Earlier in the day, we decided to check it out. It was extremely pretty hiking through the but the mosquitoes were ruthless!! We sprayed with insect repellent but obviously with no where near enough!
We were rewarded with a great view of the Kenai River at the end of the trail. After all the mosquitos about ate us, it was nice to be out of the trees for a bit and relax along the water.
One of the cabins that they have here on the property is called the Homestead Cabin. It was built sometime in the 1920's by the people who used to have a fox farm here. It's pretty cool! They originally put some sod on the roof, but now it's covered in native fireweed and even a tree or two!! And of course I couldn't resist getting a pic of the outhouse! And yes, it's a true outhouse. There is no running water or electricity in the cabin either!
Here's a few of the other animals that hang out at the Diamond M Ranch besides us. We had to hike right by these little guys! The baby llama is one of my faves! Never thought we'd be living with turkeys and llamas though!!!!