Sitka Day 6: Herring Cove to Beaver Lake
Today, that took the form of a 5 mile snowy loop hike on the newly expanded Herring Cove to Beaver Lake trail in the Tongass National Forest. But in order to get my map and meet my new hiking buddy, I had to find his house…on a tugboat. If you’re from here that’s not a big deal. To me, it’s quite astonishing. Needless to say I enjoyed a morning cup of tea sitting at a table that seemed to teeter…or was it the walls that moved? Or the good company I kept–maybe he was moving side-to-side? All of it was moving, of course, as the boat gently bobbed. This required no act of concentration for the host. My concentration, however, was another matter.
The trail was clear down to the rocks in places, in others the snow knee-high, and still a few other times if I missed a step or two I found myself thigh-high in white stuff. With air temps in the high 30’s, I didn’t mind and it made for a bit of adventure. Here’s a glimpse: