OK, I think I already mentioned that I was jumping the gun a little by heading out for an RV adventure on May 9th.
I had plenty of propane and warm clothes for myself and Miss Rhonda. Mittens, gloves and boots, just in case. I didn’t figure I’d need them though. Leaves were beginning to bud and even unfurl at home, giving the surrounding birch, willow and cottonwood trees the wonderful green haze that is the clear harbinger of spring in Alaska.
Obviously, it was just fine to venture forth. Right?
The morning drive around Turnagain Arm on May 10th was beautiful, if just a little windy. The snow-capped mountains surrounding the inlet were awesome and a bit primordial under a low, grey sky, but the road was dry. Green was beginning to sprout through the winter-brown grass at the sides of the road.
I planned to stop for a potty break at the large rest area part-way up Turnagain Pass, on the far side of Turnagain Arm.
Oh MY. For some reason, I hadn’t expected THIS.
Oh well … I had set out on an adventure. Onward we journeyed – two intrepid travelers in search of bare ground!
Less than half an hour later, on the Kenai side of the pass, we were able to take a nice, dry potty break at another pull-off. Altitude is, indeed, everything this time of year!
Check out the stark difference below. On the left is still-frozen Summit Lake (just starting down the far side of snowy Turnagain Pass), and only half an hour later (photo on right) is chilly but snow/ice free Kenai Lake. Amazing!
Quartz Creek Campground on the shore of sparkling aqua blue-glacial green (depending on the sky) Kenai Lake offered us a peaceful safe harbor last night. Temps dropped to near freezing, but we slept cozy and warm to the periodic sound of raindrops and the occasional chitter of squirrels.