January so often brings us stunning winter weather and this year has been no exception, with about 10 days of mostly sunny, mostly calm and cold but not frigid weather. Shari and I took advantage of our both being off on one of these almost clear, calm, just-below-freezing days to hike to Agamgik Bay. This is a great half-day hike at any time
of year, but avalanches often keep us from being able to walk it in the winter. We’ve had so little snow this year that getting to the trailhead was no problem, and we set off about a half-hour after sunrise over crunchy tundra grasses and heather cover
ed with only a couple of inches of recent snow. Two hours later we were seated on a sunny slope overlooking the bay, where the sun, just over the mountains south of the bay, brilliantly lit both the snow on the mountains and the waters of Beaver Inlet. Following a late lunch of cold pork sandwiches, punctuated by the calls of a loon, we headed home with our bellies full and the sun at our backs. Even the dog was no longer in a hurry and seemed to slow down just to enjoy the fine weather.