It would be nice if Alaska was laid out so we could visit it in a nice neat loop, but that isn’t the case. We didn’t have time to visit the west side of the Kenai Peninsula before our visit to Denali, so we came back south through Anchorage after Denali.
We had called our friend Tony and made arrangements to get together. The weather cooperated so we headed to Flattop mountain to hike to the top, where there are stunning views of the surrounding area.
Part way up the hill, we moved into the clouds. If you look carefully you can Paul and Tony in this picture.
The last part of this 4 mile round trip trail is rock scrambling.
A couple of hours later we, along with about 50 other people, had made it to the top. This is one of the most popular trails in Alaska.
The view didn't last long- by the time we were headed down, we couldn't see more than about 50 feet ahead. Still, it was a perfect day for a hike- great temperature and no rain!
We made it down the mountain in time to get to the roof of Tony’s office building to see the Thunderbirds perform during the Arctic Thunder Air Show.
Once the show was over, we headed out to dinner to replace all the calories we had used up!
After another night at our favorite Cabela’s parking spot, we hit the road early for the Kenai Peninsula.