Sunday, July 14th, we decided to take a walk to Smith Lake located on UAF property. We chose to go here because Matt has walked back there several times, taken pictures, and talked to me about how pretty it is. He had also seen a moose back there on a couple occasions and I had hoped that we would get lucky and see the bull moose (at a safe distance).
This particular day we were in luck. The bull was in the Potato Field, munching away on some fire-weed. We were talking when Matt spotted him. The bull just looked at us for a minute, saw we weren’t going to bother him, and went back to eating.
We walked around the area he was in and snapped a few pictures from different angles. This was difficult for me, since the fire-weed was as tall as I am and the moose was standing further up the hill than we were. To give an idea of how big the moose is compared to the height of the fire-weed, I am a little over five feet tall.
We then continued to Smith lake, where I snapped this photo of a damsel fly. Unfortunately, the sun was at such an angle that I was unable to get a good photo of the lake at this particular spot. I had noticed that there was a map of the trails in the area as we were entering the Potato Field and mentioned that we should walk back to another field, which is the T-Field. We never made it to the T-Field, the mosquito made it unbearable for us to walk much farther. I did manage to get a photo of the lake, from another angle, before we abandoned our journey.
If you would like a map of the summer tails, one can be found here. Also, if you plan on walking or hiking anywhere, I suggest you look up wildlife safety tips for the area you plan to explore. For Alaska, I would specifically suggest searching for how to behave when encountering bears and moose.