Toninght we sit at the kitchen table mapping out the route we are going to take tomorrow. We want to end up at the top to watch the sunset; this late in the season, sunset is around 10pm and lasts a long time. We want to do some berry and mushroom gathering. This wasn’t going to be a hike to see ‘if we could’; this was a hike for sustenance. We need to collect for the winter! The area we went to last year happened to be in the news lately for bear sightings; we need a different location now.
Hatchers Pass looks like the location for this year. It will be a drive for us, but it’s worth it.
We will stay in Wasilla at the Best Western; “we will need the Jacuzzi after”, my wife claimed! Our backs do get a little sore, I’ll admit it.
With the record rain we had this year, we expect a bumper crop of wild berries and the mushrooms should be pretty meaty.
We have packed our bags with small containers so the berries and fungi don’t crush from their own weight while we hike. The raincoats will also be going to this year. We packed a picnic basket for lunch and a bottle of wine for the sunset (she loves that). We’ll fill up on berries along the way so we only need a couple of sandwiches and plenty of water. We’ll take bino’s to scan the landscape; we won’t be the only ones out hunting berries!
We also like to enter photo contests, as well as entering photos into the Alaska State Fair, so we will certainly be taking our camera. Mosquitoes don’t bother us anymore so no worries there and I think that should do it for our plan. That is what we do for our hike and how we do it!