BY SERINE REEVES
Feeling cooped up due to social distancing? Just because we must keep our distance from each other doesn’t mean that we need to keep our distance from the natural world. If you feel like taking a break from your home and technology, consider packing a lunch, getting in your car and taking yourself on a relaxing road trip. For those of you lucky enough to call Alaska home, the beauty of our great state can be just what the doctor ordered.
Here are 5 ways to beat cabin fever along the Seward Highway:
1. Watch the ice flow. Beluga point is a great spot to enjoy the dramatic otherworldly landscape created by the colliding ice chunks that roll with the tide in Cook Inlet. WARNING: Do not go out on the mud flats, climb on the ice or cross the railroad tracks.
2. Look for frozen waterfalls. The Seward Highway is famous for cascading waterfalls during summer months, but just as spectacular are the frozen monuments that form over winter months as the waterfalls freeze to the cliffs on the west side of the highway.
3. Go cross country skiing. If you own a pair of cross country skis, get some exercise as you enjoy world class scenery. Moose Meadows is a popular spot to ski through Girdwood’s lush temperate rainforest.
4. Go for a hike or bike. The Seward Highway has several packed trails perfect for winter hiking and fat biking that offer stellar views. Just outside of Anchorage are the boardwalks of Potter Marsh for a quick scenic walk, or for a more extensive trek take the Potter Creek Trail.
5. Read the interpretive signs. Several turnoffs on the Seward Highway have interpretive panels, and stopping at each one to read about history and ecology is a great, hands-on way to learn about Alaska.
WARNING: If you do venture from home, please remember to follow suggestions from the World Health Organization to reduce the spread coronavirus (who.int). Wash your hands often, or use hand sanitizer when hand washing isn’t an option. Practice social distancing, and stay at least 6 feet away from others. Cough into your elbow. Don’t touch your face. And if you feel sick, stay home.