#tbt Another chronicle of adventures past.... my first trip to Alaska was when I was 22. A friend and I hitchhiked from Anchorage to Homer, the end of the road on the Kenai peninsula. We soon parted ways: she got a job on a boat that was gone for weeks at a time. I lived sometimes in an 8x16 dry cabin on a lupin-covered bluff out of town, with unobstructed views of both Iliamna and St Augustine, and sometimes in a tent I kept on the Spit. I won’t go into the various jobs I had there. But I fell in with a charismatic character and one of the things we did was skiff across Kachemak Bay and try and ride bikes all the way to Port Dick. We knew the old logging roads became single tracks, and the single tracks would often be washed out, but without maps, without even a compass or a gun, we and his big dog set out. Sure enough, we walked as much as we rode, often with bikes over shoulders, using tree roots as footholds and hanging onto trunks and branches to keep from sliding down the vertical. Among other travails, we crossed old glacier remnants, avalanches, spooked a bear shitting on the trail, camped in forest and on gravel bars, and here, crossed the Rocky river by cable. Luckily we were prepared for this with climbing harnesses. We clipped packs and bikes onto the harness, and arm over arm, crossed. The dog had to swim for it. We were fools, all in all very fortunate to eventually return safely, given our unpreparedness. Before heading back to Homer we detoured to the lodge in Seldovia for a night. Heading home next day we landed the skiff on a little island to camp through a squall and awoke to find the boat completely beached, many yards from the water, the tide having gone out overnight (we didn’t bring tide tables either!!!). We were both due back for work that day so we couldn’t wait for the tide to get it back in the water, we had to push/roll it down the rocky sand. In the cold spitting rain we made it back to Homer, a couple days later than expected, to find that folks were starting to lay bets on what happened to us. We went directly to the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet and ate ALL we could eat.