Except for the sound of the wind shaking narrow yellow leaves off the trees and the horse’s bare hooves on the trail, it’s quiet. The forest is thick with lanky Aspens, shimmering birch trees, wild cranberry bushes and cottonwoods with gray bark, fur- rowed like snow tires. Emerald moss clings to crumbling logs. Down the hill through the trees I see the sparkle of Lake Matanuska, full of arctic char and silver salmon. I’m on a big, steady sorrel Tennessee Walking Horse named Cache of
Class, or just “CC” for short. She’s the perfect candidate to show me Alaska on a
remarkably perfect day.
When the invitation came for me to visit Palmer, Alaska and ride its surrounding backcountry, I jumped at it. The area is home to the remarkably beautiful
Knik (pronounced ka-NICK) Glacier. The mountains, the horses and the chilled
temperatures of Alaska beckoned after a long, hot summer back home.
Arriving in Alaska, it felt like a different world. The air was different. I felt a
current run through me as I studied the massive mountains on the 45-minute drive
northeast to Palmer—massive rocky mountain faces capped with snow and, down
below, ragged tree tops in browns and burnt umber.
IF YOU GO
To find activities
and lodging in Palmer,
Alaska, check out
EZ WALKING HORSES
ALASKA HORSE ADVENTURES
BUTTE’S BETHEL B&B
ALASKA ATV ADVENTURES