On the spectrum of Alaskan trails, Portage Pass is likely one of the highest ranking in terms of reward v. effort. Starting in Whittier, the trail connects through to Portage Lake, delivering spectacular views of Portage Glacier that you would otherwise have to take a ferry to experience.
For brunch specifically, their take on breakfast tacos delivers a more-ish combination of hoisin chicken with a spicy, tangy, lime and sriracha sour cream, a textbook representation of the sweet/salty/sour holy trinity of south-east Asian cuisine. Other brunch options are fairly standard - think fry-ups, eggs benedict, french toast and omelettes - with the upside being that their full lunch menu is also available.
Arriving at Curry, we grabbed our snowshoes for a 2hr slog up the mountain - the right choice as the skiers were clearly having a difficult time in deep snow on the long uphill climbs. All worth it in the end, however, as we caught our breaths at the summit whilst enjoying a brilliantly clear view of Denali on the horizon.
We spent a good afternoon traversing a 40 mile loop through incredibly scenic landscapes in the Petersville area, south of Denali. This was the perfect location, with vast areas of open space providing plenty of opportunities to pick up decent speed, and our Ski-Doos had no trouble at all getting up to speeds of 90mph before common sense reigned them in.
Pasta class at South's Back Room; bubbly, much flouring, kneading and rolling, Boomtown pappardelle. Key takeaways? Air bubbles are the enemy, semolina is to be used at your own risk and spaghettini is best left to the masters. A lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon with lovely people. And a batch of fresh fettucini just in time for meat-free Monday.
The Iditarod is a piece of Alaska's history that we have been fortunate enough to experience while living here. The race pays homage to the important role played by sled dogs in the Arctic, with much of the 1049 mile trail tracking the journey to Nome made by dog teams in 1925 to deliver antiserum for halting the spread of diptheria.