Biking the Coastal Trail, Anchorage AK

Now that spring is trying to creep in to this northern most state, we are starting to get ourselves outside more. Tentatively we plan afternoon trips into the fresh air, testing the waters like we aren’t even sure what it’s like to run out the door without giving a thought to how many layers of clothes we have on. The weather isn’t yet dependable– it snowed the day after Easter!– but we make spontaneous decisions to go for bike rides when we see the sun is shining and the ground is dry.

A couple weeks ago we decided to test the newly thawing city trails and see if I could get along without studded tires like Tyler’s bike. It ended up being a really nice day for cycling, although we did cut our ride short on the trails since some were still icy. We biked from our house to the Chester Creek Trail to Westchester Lagoon. Then, we biked along the Coastal Trail back to downtown where we took city streets back to our apartment.

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^^^ Westchester Lagoon is a fun loop for biking or running (and if you’re Tyler, reading signs about wildlife).  We kept meaning to ice skate here this winter, but we never made it out. The sidewalk around the lagoon looks ideal for running, and I wish we lived even closer. I don’t like having to take city streets to get to a trail, even though we have some only a few blocks from our apartment. We don’t live in an area where people run outside for fun, so I feel like exercisers kind of stand out.

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^^^ Saw a plane taking off over Turnagain Arm from the Coastal Trail. Living downtown, we hear a lot of planes taking off. Big airliners carrying people to unknown destinations, always exciting for me to ponder but more than likely a boring business trip for those on board. Small planes too, little guys that seem equally terrifying and thrilling, the best way to really see the vast state we’ve come to love but know so little of. Maybe we’ll make friends with a pilot before we’ve done here 😉

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It was a great first bike trip, and the fresh air was just what we needed to detox our lungs from all the stuffy indoor air we’ve been breathing in this winter. By now, the trails are completely free of ice and we even biked to breakfast this morning. PTL.. spring has sprung!

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