In 1991, a baby owl fell out of its nest and into the life of Mrs. Toyoko. Since then, she’s been caring for the nocturnal cutie by preparing its meals (he really likes sushi) and by providing the wayward critter a safe haven. Mrs. Toyoko is now seventy-nine and credits her good health to looking … Continue reading Odd Owl Story~And Very Cute!
Home Again. Home Again…Jiggity Jig. This update is for those of you considering Alaska as your next vacation destination. If I say Alaska, what word immediately comes to mind? For most people, the word is cruise. Everyone going to Alaska cruises. Everyone. Okay, we didn’t cruise, so maybe only almost everyone is cruising. Everyone who … Continue reading So you want to go to Alaska…?
Today we bid Denali a fond farewell and traveled for over 700 Alaskan miles. We took the scenic route back to Anchorage … eleven hours with my Dad and Cole in a four-passenger car. I would not say it was exactly a long day, but for those of you who have taken road trips … Continue reading Alaska Day 7~700 Alaskan Miles!
Today was a day of wonder. We took an eleven-hour trip through Denali National Park and it was worth every minute. I had to keep reminding myself I was not watching the National Geographic channel. This was real! Today’s show and tell … a picture is worth a thousand words. Dall Sheep - Our Denali … Continue reading Alaska Day 6 ~Moose, Caribou, Dall Sheep, Bear….Oh My!
Today's Alaskan Show and Tell: We took a jeep ride up Stampede Trail this morning. It’s the trail some know-it-all 24-year-old kid named Chris McCandless, decided to take into the backwoods because he wanted to practice his survival techniques.. He lasted four months before poisoning himself due to lack of plant knowledge. It’s supposed to be a … Continue reading Alaska Day 5~Alaskan Man!
Is everyone in the lower 48 doing well? Hee, hee! I love asking that! It was a full day in Alaska. The day could not have been prettier or more perfect - brisk weather (cool in the shade, warm in the sun) and beautiful blue skies with just a few clouds teasing Mt. McKinley. Are … Continue reading Alaska Day 4~Alaskan Sled Dogs! Rafting!
Today Cole and my dad went glacier exploring. I headed off to the Mercantile to do a “little laundry.” My father packs for three weeks but can never be gone longer than two days without needing to do “just a little laundry." The bonus was a laundry facility that included outdoor picnic tables,fast internet and “just a … Continue reading Alaska~Day 3: Glaciers & Wild Ice Cream Eating Meese.
Alaskan Solstice! The time in Denali, Alaska is 11:59pm on June 21st. This picture is taken without a flash. In the summer, all of Alaska gets 24-hour sunlight for at least one day at the Solstice. Most summer days Alaska will have19 hours of sunlight during the summer at its peak...and it seems as though no … Continue reading Alaska Solstice~Twenty-four hours of Sunlight
Happy Summer Solstice! The ride between Anchorage and Denali was uneventful. We did stop to ferret out Sarah Palin’s house (you betcha!) and were lucky enough to see the tippy top of Mount McKinley. Clouds later rolled in and covered the peak. In Denali, we are expecting 22 hours of sunlight. I’m going to try … Continue reading Alaska~Day 2 Anchorage to Denali
Today, I was surrounded by miles and miles of land still unexplored, open and free. Natural forces of vast scale and subtlety shaped the land. Alaska feels very “real." Alaska is an unexpected place. A place where you truly experience AWESOME the moment your plane starts to descend over her mountains and glaciers. Alaska, the … Continue reading Alaska Adventure~Day 1