A mountain view from the Alaska Highway
We love to drive! It gives us so much more control over what we do and see, and take photos of, for that matter.
This is a mountain shot taken somewhere along the Alaska Highway, north of Dawson Creek. No matter where you are on the Alaska Highway, the views are amazing, and you get to see all kinds of wildlife to boot.
Don’t think you’ll be out there on your own, though. Especially during the summer, there is an amazing amount of people on the road, from small cars to [...]
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Traveling gives you the opportunity to get a glimpse into somebody else’s life.
I’m fascinated by homes around the world. You can tell a lot by a person’s home, and front yard for that matter.
Therefore, I’ve compiled ten photos of front yards from around the world. What can we glean from them?
This first house was the house Jim and I owned in Alaska. Alaska front yards contain a lot of snow, and usually the machines and tools that help you remove the snow or at least a couple of four wheel drives to get you up that [...]
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One of the most iconic yet least visited National Parks in the U.S.A….Katmai!
I can be a bit of a cheapskate! I know, it’s hard to believe, but it’s true!
Well then, why, you might ask, why would you visit Katmai National Park? The reason there are so few visitors to this remote beauty is the fact that being so far off the beaten path is….yep! Expensive!
Getting to Katmai, though, really is half the fun!
First off you need to get yourself to Anchorage, Alaska. Then you must fly a pretty big plane to King Salmon, [...]
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Hailibut Cove, Alaska is one of those fun day trips out of Homer. Homer is on the southern part of the Kenai Peninsula full of great fishing, moose, and the true Alaskan spirit. It’s at least a six hour drive south of Anchorage, but there are a few good stops along the way.
While in Homer, you go down to the spit (dock) and hire a boat to take you to Halibut Cove. It is a quick jaunt, and there are plenty of otters and sea lions in the waters. In summer, it’s great to see the otters and [...]
Continue reading Reflection #528 – Halibut Cove, Alaska
Ice Fishing in Alaska
Winter in Alaska is a magical experience. The daylight is scarce. In the Anchorage area, you get about four and a half hours a day. So it’s dark, but there is a lot of beautiful light during these hours. There’s plenty of sunrise, sunset, and that deep, beautiful blue light as well. Here the sun is sinking about 3:30 in the afternoon, but this guy wants to maximize his ice fishing opportunity so he’s getting set up. Luckily it doesn’t matter how much light is in the sky to fish.
Have you ever been ice [...]
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The harbor in Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Traveling around bush Alaska for six years, I often visited the Aleutian Islands. This photo is of a barge hauling old equipment around in the waters around the fishing port town of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. If you look closely you can see all the eagles hanging out on the riggings. Eagles are everywhere as are seals and sea lions and occasionally whales. Dutch Harbor became world-famous with the Discovery TV show, “The Deadliest Catch”, and oftimes while I was there, I would see the big crabbing boats in dock.
Far from the beaten [...]
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Have you ever heard of the Pribilof Islands? St. Paul and St. George are two small islands off the coast of Alaska. The Pribilofs are where the sealers went to hunt seals, almost to extinction in the late 1900s. Thankfully, they stopped that, and still on St. Paul there is a huge (and somewhat stinky) seal rookery. The whole town of St. Paul only has a few clapboard houses and this Russian Orthodox church with a cemetary. It is a very barren, out of the way place, one of the most interesting places I’ve ever been.
What’s one of [...]
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Dogsledding! Hey, it’s winter. Who doesn’t want to get out there and do some serious winter activities? This photo was taken on Mirror Lake, in Chugiak, Alaska. Alaska is full of dog sledding opportunities thanks to all those folks who raise dogs to run the Iditarod. There’s just nothing cooler….um, so to speak!
What are your dream winter activities?
…or somebody’s got to do it!
Here’s Devon and me getting ready to go experience a 2,000 year old bath in northern Tunisia.
I’m turning 50 years old today. Wow! 50! It seems old, but I don’t feel old. It has given me time to think about my life…a little reflection, I guess. I wouldn’t trade my life with anyone. I’m so grateful for the decisions I’ve made, the opportunities I’ve taken, the experiences I’ve had. There’s no way I could categorize my experiences into the “Top 10″ or “the Best Of”. Do I think I’m lucky? Not really. [...]
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I’ve pretty much given up the idea that I would be able to see a musk ox in the wild. I’d like to, but they are pretty isolated animals, located in expensive to get to and cold locations. So, I did the next best thing and went to the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, Alaska. Here we got to feed this guy dandelions, and he posed quite regally for me.