One of the best things to do, should you find yourself in Anchorage, Alaska with a pair of comfortable shoes and a moderate sense of adventure, is to head downtown, rent a bike, and head out on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail to see forests, wetlands, and maybe a moose or two. Don’t forget to stop for a reindeer sausage on your way back to your hotel.
Red and green pickleweed grows from cappuccino colord mud flats at Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing on the Monterey Bay. At low tide, when the murky green water pulls back to the sea, walk out over that rickety wooden boardwalk traversing an old oyster bed. Look down. How many animals were here before you? The raccoons and herons must be heavy – they leave deep tracks. That milky gelatinous blob with the indigo stripe really is a jellyfish, or at least, it was. If you are there early in the morning, at low tide, you may get very lucky and see a mountain lion track, or maybe it’s a bobcat?