The Russian River Trail & Russian River Falls

When it comes to venturing out with kids in tow, I’m still learning the ropes. A couple of weeks ago, our Hike it Baby branch here on the Kenai had a hike planned for part of the Russian River Trail in Cooper Landing. The goal was a seven mile round trip hike to the lower lake, with a stop at the falls if there was enough time.  While we are continually getting better at embracing the “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” motto, it didn’t hurt that the weather forecast looked promising. High 40s with sun definitely makes driving two hours for a hike with two {little} kids much more appealing.  Since we had just decided the day before that we would be making a last minute venture up to Anchorage to look at a piece of equipment and run some errands, a hike seemed like the perfect way to break up the four hour drive.

Lower Russian Lake
Lower Russian Lake

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A Bed for Little B

Since our move to Alaska, Little B had been sleeping in a travel bed. By the time she was 20 months old, though, we knew it was time for an upgrade. It was January, and her room got chilly at night since our only heat source in our rental home is an oil heater in the living room. With her door closed at night, the heat couldn’t circulate and by morning, the room was downright chilly.  Despite her wool sleep sack and cozy jammies, she was starting to wake up regularly around 2am, at which point she’d join Papa B and I in our warm bed. Although at nine months pregnant my sleep quality was already pretty mediocre, her new early morning routine meant none of us were getting a good night’s sleep.

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Dockside Fun

On Friday evening, we decided to head down to the Spit for a family walk. As we walked on the path above the harbor, I spotted an otter floating around munching on its dinner amongst the boats. We headed down to the docks to get a closer look. While we’ve seen otters from the beach before, it was a fun treat to get a closer perspective. Papa B noticed right away that when the otter would dive down to hunt for the next morsel of food, little bubbles would rise to the surface of the water. Little B, Papa & I enjoyed tracking the bubble trail in an effort to guess where our little friend would pop up next. After one particularly successful dive, he emerged with several small crabs. We were even close enough to watch him flinch after he got pinched by his dinner, and hear the crunch as he munched through the shells. Of course, we didn’t bring along our camera (that guarantees a cool wildlife sighting, doesn’t it? Ha!), so our phones had to suffice.  Spontaneous little adventures like this are one of the many reasons we love Alaska.

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A Saturday Afternoon at Eveline


Last weekend, we had a nice, lazy little Saturday morning in the works. Baby B decided to let us sleep in a bit more than normal, and then Papa B made a pot of coffee while I nursed Baby B and Little B played contentedly. All the while, the bright morning sun lit up the house.  The plan was to make brunch, and then pack up the kiddos to meet a hiking friend and her daughter for an afternoon outside.

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