When we first moved here, people would always talk about hiking or wanting to hike Pyramid Mountain. I can see Pyramid from my backyard and have always thought it was nice to look at, but I had ZERO interest in hiking it.
For those of you who do not know me personally, before moving to Kodiak I was never the outdoorsy type. Spending the day at the beach or by the pool was how I bonded with nature. I never camped and I had no interested in hiking. When we moved to Alaska I quickly learned that I needed to take advantage of living in this beautiful and special place. The natural and untouched beauty around us is absolutely breathtaking. Once we move next summer, I’ll probably never come back here. So I have less than a year to fulfill my Alaskan Bucket List!
When I became friends with Jess and Cherie, they helped push me out of my comfort zone. They dragged me along on adventures until I started to love it, instead of complaining constantly. Actually, I still complain but I’ve learned the results are worth the work.
When we decided to hike Pyramid, I was so nervous and excited at the same time. Bears are pretty prevalent on Pyramid. What are three girls going to do if Mama bear was around? Also, it’s not necessarily an easy hike. There are steep parts. But we’re all pretty fit and there is strength in numbers. So we had the Daddies watch our babies and we laced up our hiking boots. Only in Alaska do you have “girls nights” while climbing a mountain!
We brought my dog, Riley, along to keep the bears away (along with bear spray). I was proud of how amazing she listened and stayed on the trail. If you’re going to hike, I strongly suggest bringing a dog with you. They’ll help protect you from bears and it’s great exercise for them too!
I may have complained most of the way, but when I say the views made it worth it…I 10000000% believe that. We stopped at the top to crack open a beer and take in the breathtaking views. It’s amazing to stand at the top and just think, “I did that”. It’s the biggest adrenaline rush and high!
Seeing all the beauty that surrounds us in Kodiak really put into perspective just how lucky I am to live here. There are so many times when I complain about living in such an isolated place, but Kodiak has has given me so much! It’s given me the chance to meet some of the most amazing people (Esp Jess & Cherie who pushed me up this mountain), it’s allowed me to stay home with daughter and explore some of the most naturally beautiful parts of our world.
Now I’m ready to knock another mountain off of my bucket list!