I like to combine efforts and partnering the search for painting subject matter with exercise has worked well for me during the summer. As I’ve become a member of the senior citizenry my methods for exercize have grown less strenuous, during winter I spend 45 minutes on the treadmill five days a week. With summer on the way I decided to step it up and start hiking the local trails, beginning with ones described as “easy to moderate,” taking my camera along to record scenes for future paintings. I consulted the Matanuska Borough web page and downloaded hiking trails and maps as a guide.The general description; “….a year round trail following an old railroad bed…mostly level, the first half passing between towering bluffs…The trail has been washed out in recent years due to landslides and has had to be repaired several times.” I reasoned that following a railroad grade would be a gentle climb and not too steep, so we started off one morning at the trailhead in Palmer. It began as a lovely wide path through a field flanked by Birch and Cottonwood.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska Artist