Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The scenery along the road south to the coast was beautiful. The day was overcast with drizzling rain and this was one of only a few shots when the sun would peek out for a few moments. The sky was breathtaking, seeming to stretch into infinity. What a Creator God is!
Before we got to the harbor town of Seward, we took a left turn off the highway to take a little boat ride. Just over and around this mountain is a body of water which I have forgotten the name of. We joined about three bus loads of tourists who were a bit gray-headed like me and added a bit of two-girl liveliness to the boat tour of Portage Glacier.
One of the beautiful sights we saw on the way to Portage Glacier.
I was so awestruck that I could hardly enjoy looking for taking picture after picture.
Abby and the Captain
The Captain of the Ptarmigan watches everyone safely disembark.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
One afternoon right after nap time, we visited the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla.
There was lots of interesting memorabilia and a wonderful gift shop. I learned a lot about the race and it's history and once again I would have liked to have had more time to spend there. If only I could retire and travel and see all the places I have only read about. It would be nice to visit Wasilla during the start of the race and get in on all of the excitement.
Abby, Lilly and I took a dog sled ride, minus the snow. All I can say is, it was very fast! Those dogs were raring to go and took off like the devil was on their heels. Dusty but fun.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Independence Mine was very interesting. It showed what life was like during the Gold Rush. We left much too quickly for me. I could have spent hours exploring all the old buildings.
Then the long way home on the most bone rattling ride I ever took. Twenty-five miles in just 2.5 hours! This road is closed once the snows start. It was one of the most scenic roads I have traveled despite its condition. Lots of picture taking on the ride down to Willow.
By the time we got back to civilization, I felt like this sign was true.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Several people have asked about the weather in Alaska while I was there. To me it was a little like November and December here. The temperature during the day was in the upper 50's to low 60's. Then at night it dipped into the mid to upper 40's. Most days when the sun was shining I was comfortable in short sleeves as long as I stayed in the sunshine. If I got into the shade I needed a long sleeve shirt. First thing in the mornings it was usually a bit cool in the house until I got up and going. Then I was okay. It was overcast and drizzled rain a good bit of the time I was there which made it a little cooler. Most days I wore a tee shirt and kept a denim shirt handy to throw on.
The leaves on the trees were starting to turn yellow. We were told that they do not turn red, just yellow, before the leaves fall. The picture above was taken on September 3. By the time I left on the 14th there were many more yellow leaves and some snow was showing up on some of the upper mountains. It was a very beautiful place and I saw God's handiwork all around me. Sometimes I am like a child seeing something for the first time when I visit a new place. Alaska is awe-inspiring and I have no words to describe the greatness of God's creation and creatures.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The first outing in Alaska was to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer which is about ten miles from home base. One thing that really caught my attention was how clean the fairgrounds were (and also the roadsides). There was absolutely no litter on the ground. Wish we would learn the same respect here at home.
At the fair we heard some native music,
saw a giant cabbage,
visited unique gift shops,
rode flying elephants,
and wished for more supple moves.
Sometimes we were camera shy
and sometimes we were cold!
But we all enjoyed the outing.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
God is sitting in Heaven when a scientist says to Him, 'Lord, we don't need you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing. In other words, we can now do what you did in the 'beginning'
'Oh, is that so? Tell me...' replies God.
'Well', says the scientist, 'we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of you and breathe life into it, thus creating man.'
'Well, that's interesting. Show Me.'
So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil.
'Oh no, no, no...' interrupts God, (I love this part) 'Get your own dirt.'