Staring out at the vista, the juxtaposition of being 45 minutes from home just didn’t seem to add up to me. My friend Courtney from Northwestern is starting a similar nomadic journey and it’s been great to be able to meet up with her and share some awesome Alaska experiences together. We spent yesterday on a dayhike into the Hatcher Pass area northwest of Palmer. Known for hiking and backcountry skiing, I was struck at just how wild the landscape was, despite the proximity to “the city.” Normally I don’t feel the sensation of being in the wilderness without a heavy pack, climbing gear, and several days on the trail, but as we pulled onto the ridge, Courtney and I remarked at just how much we were able to do with two hands, two feet, and a little bit of chocolate. Many thanks for a great day out.