Little O'Malley: Beezil -- whom Gina and I refer to as the "best dog ever" -- enjoys the view from Little O'Malley Peak in the Chugach Mountains.Alaska is an outdoor wonderland.
One of the best things about it is sharing wilderness adventures with your friends. For more than a decade here in Alaska, those friends have been my wife, Gina, and my dog, Beezil. Our faithful coonhound has been at our side for virtually every adventure we took in Alaska – whether a quick trip up Flattop or a multiday hike on Kesugi Ridge in Denali State Park.
Sadly, Beezil has had her last adventure. Last week, at 13, we had to put her to sleep. I’m not sure which is more sad – the fact she won’t get to experience the next hike or the fact we don’t get to experience it with her.
Falls Creek: Beezil and Gina high above the lake that feeds Falls Creek on our July 2009 hike.
All you who have had the “perfect pet” know exactly what Gina and I are experiencing right now. For those who still have their companion at their side – cherish it.
Here’s to Beezil.
Beezil: Beezil and Gina in April 2000 atop Flattop, our first climb in Alaska.
Nancy Lake: Beezil loved the water. In Michigan we had a small speedboat. We didn't bring that with us to Alaska, so she adjusted to canoes just fine. Here we are making our way around the Lynx Lake Loop in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area.
Seward: Beezil on the beach near Tonsina Point south of Seward.
Eklutna: Beezil even loved the Alaska winters -- with the proper booties and coat. This time we're skiing across Eklutna Lake to spend the weekend at a State Park cabin.
Hidden Lake: This was one of Beezil's favorite activies during a backpacking trip. This time, she's snoozing near Hidden Lake in Chugach State Park.