Posts Tagged With: Moose

A walk in the Potato Field.

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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).

 

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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.

IMG_9909We 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.

IMG_9913We 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.

IMG_9915If 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.

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July Fourth in the Last Frontier

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The day started out as planned (sort of). We went to a friend’s house for a get together. Nothing big, just some burgers on the grill, baked salmon, various sides, some Top Gear, and plenty of conversation. Matt and I left about the time that the board games were coming out. I was beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed my the noise level at that point and Matt doesn’t care for board games much.

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fter getting home, we both decided that we wanted to do something outside. Neither of us had anything specific in mind. We eventually decided to go to Creamer’s Field and walk their nature trails. This is something that we have done several times in the past, but haven’t done since we discovered Chena Lakes.

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After arriving at the Farmhouse (visitor center) we started through the field on the cut path. Soon after entering the woods we remembered why we hadn’t walked there in several weeks. Creamer’s Field is a marsh area, which means swarms of mosquitoes. Our walk ended up being more of a speed walking pace in an effort to avoid the blood suckers. Half way through our chosen trail there was a platform where we sought refuge for a few minutes. We looked out over the field areas around, hoping to see some wildlife. After seeing nothing but the few mosquitoes that followed us up we continued on our way.

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Near the end of the raised walkway in the woods (near the 6 on the trail map linked above) we got quite the surprise. As we rounded a turn we came upon a moose and her calf having a snack on some of the trees by the trail. We always keep an eye out for wildlife, both for safety and photo opportunities. Neither of us saw either of them until we were literally right beside the baby. This scared the crap  out of  me. Luckily we were a comfortable distance from baby for mom not to get upset. We moved a safer distance away, snapped a few photos, and then continued on our way. This was the most exciting and nerve-wracking part of my day and I must say, that is the closest i ever hope to get to a moose of any size. IMG_9535

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Chena Lake Canoe Adventure

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Just a few shots that Matt took of our day out. We didn’t want to have the camera out too much when we were on the lake because we didn’t want it to get wet or damaged. We also took some subs, chips, and drinks for dinner. We waited to eat until we were done with the canoe, which is when we discovered the upset seagull. I hope everyone enjoys the photos. If you have any suggestions for other places to explore in Alaska, please let me know in the comments.

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