Alaska is wildly beautiful place with such extremes. One afternoon you can be walking alongside a glacier-fed lake and watch harbor seals casually sunning themselves on ice floes and the next day hike through a colorful maze of wildflowers. You can cautiously watch a black bear stroll down to the water’s edge, yet laugh out loud at the antics of the sea otters. This dichotomy is what makes Alaska so special and I know Dave would love these special places I chose for him.
We explored the moraine along the Pedersen Glacier. The glacier-fed Aialik Bay was lovely against the clear blue sky. Birds flew overhead while the harbor seals floated by and were not at all intimidated by humans. Pedersen Lagoon also had ice floes, but much smaller. The reflection in the water of the mountains and the glacier made for a picture perfect moment. We kayaked along Pederson Lagoon and hiked through bogs and wildflowers to meet up with a canoe on the remote Addison Lake. The water was simply roiling with salmon; such an amazing sight.
On the tenth anniversary of Dave’s passing, I lit a candle of remembrance on the shore of the Kenai River. I had sprinkled his ashes in the Kenai nine years ago so it was a full circle.
Dave would have loved each and every place where his ashes now rest. I know it in my heart and soul.