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The three of us drove over to the Anchorage airport to try and charter a sailplane flight. First it sounded like we wouldn't be able to go because our combined weight was too much, but in the end, the ceiling was too low to take off that day. So we then headed to Eklutna Lake in the northern part of Chugach State Park. It wasn't overcast there like in Anchorage, so it was a great day to kayak in a truly beautiful setting. My brother and I kayaked around the lake, while Mark hiked the mountainside along the lake. I've kayaked rivers quite a bit, but these kayaks were different than what I was used to. They were very long and had rudders. They weren't as nimble at turning around as the short ones I was used to. There was also a splash skirt, which was important considering how cold the water was. During the safety briefing, we were told of the dangers of falling in this water. We were told not to venture into the middle of the lake as we would never make it to shore if we fell in the water. Point taken! When we returned to Anchorage that night, we ate dinner at Orso, which was by far the best place we ate at in Alaska (see my review).