Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A PICNIC!

Warning before you even start.....heavy photo overload!  (If I can get them to post!)

We decided today would be a good day for a beach picnic.
We are heading out of the harbor.
Stella, too!
And no, I am not happy to be stuffed into this wind suit and a life preserver!
 That is Mt. Iliamna way across Cook inlet.
And here is a big ole sea otter playing out in the kelp beds.
 We're almost there, Nils!
 Starting a fire on the beach.
 Log seating provided by the sea!
 The baked potatoes and burgers are cooking and
 Nils is napping.
It was a good meal!
Almost back home after a fun afternoon.  It was a very pleasant, peaceful, relaxing picnic.  Thank you Chris and Amy for taking us on this adventure today!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

HIGH TIDE - LOW TIDE

Would you rather walk up the ramp at high tide or low tide?


Thursday, August 21, 2014

DESTINATION!

We are in Seldovia, but have no phone nor internet signal at our lodging, so we have to come up to the Sea Otter community Center to use their internet signal.  And yesterday I did get a temporary phone signal when we were up at our son's place....he is almost within sight of Homer, so the signal comes through a little bit. 

Let's see.  What pictures should I post.  I have plenty!
 Leaving Homer, heading to Seldovia.
 The city dock in Seldovia.
 The harbor in the evening.
Beautiful, still water and perfect mirror reflection.
Two houses on the old historic boardwalk.
We saw many beautiful flowers on our walk about town yesterday morning.
A pretty sight on the boardwalk.
A coffee shop and houses along the slough.
These folks are friends of our kids.
Ernie said he'd buy me this place.

Monday, August 18, 2014

HOMER

Spied this sign today out on the Spit...thought it clever!

 And it's always fun to see this place!
 The famous Kenai River
 with a salmon rolling.
And our final destination is across Ketchemak Bay...tomorrow we see the grandkiddo!!!
So exited!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

THE SEWARD AND STERLING HIGHWAYS

The drive from Anchorage to Kenai, along the Seward and Sterling highways, is one of the most beautiful roads I've ever been on.  We've driven it in early summer, mid summer, late summer, fall, and winter, and each trip is more beautiful than the last.  Today's drive was in the rain and fog, and yes, it was still beautiful!
 This one is for you, Lynn!  It's just beyond Girdwood.
 Isn't it beautiful?
 Even when you can't see much at all, it's pretty.
The fog stayed off the roadway and just clung to the mountains and valleys.
And when we got checked in to our motel, the sun came out.  We picked up a few groceries and drove around a little bit, had a glass of wine with our pork chop, and now Ernie is already snoring.

Only about 36 hours until I get to see our little sweetie!  Can't wait!

Friday, August 15, 2014

SOME OF THIS AND SOME OF THAT

It wasn't even 7 when Ernie decided to head out this morning.  We stopped at a grocery store and it wasn't even open yet!  But the Starbucks was and the Americano was delish.
Today we saw some of this
and some of that.
Lots of that.
But quite a bit of this, too.
 Actually quite a bit of this
and this.
 But then more of that.
And that.
 But wasn't this beautiful?
And this?
 And this?
 And we saw more ugly that.
And that.
 Plenty of miles of that.

But in the end it was totally worth it because about 3:30 this afternoon we saw this!!!
We are in Tok, Alaska for the night.  Tomorrow is Anchorage for a night, then down towards Homer.  Getting closer Nils!  Get ready for grandma's hugs and kisses!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FINDING BIGOOT ON THE ALASKA HIGHWAY

It wasn't long after we got on the road this morning that the scenery began to change.  The wheat and canola fields soon gave way to the beautiful green forests, but we did sit at a construction hold up for a few minutes which gave me a chance to take a picture of one last farm scene.  The the excitement builds as we leave Alberta and cross into British Columbia and approach milemarker 0 in Dawson Creek, the beginning of the famous Alaska Highway, over 1700 miles from home.
We stopped for lunch in the parking lot and the obligatory photo under the sign.

Way up here the radio stations are practically nonexistent, so for entertainment along the way we are listening to CD's.  So far we have been serenaded by Greg Brown, Jerry Garcia, Iris DeMent, Gilllian Welch,  Peter Ostroushko, John, Paul, George and Ringo, and Marty Robbins.  Oh, and our very own Divers!
 Soon we entered the hills....the big hills....the Northern Rocky mountains.
 Some stretches, especially where we were slowed by construction, had very heavy traffic, and many, many big trucks hauling pipes, oil, gas, machinery, and even a house!
 The greens are so green!  Except where the spruce beetle has killed the spruce trees.  Then they are a rusty brown.  Do you see those mountains coming up in the distance?  Excuse the buggy shots through the windshield.  We didn't stop for such minor things as photos!
 And this one is for grandson Ben!  We found him!  We found Bigfoot!  This spot was called Sasquatch Crossing.
 The fireweed is lining the highway on both sides....

making for a very pretty drive.  However, it looks like the fireweed is pretty well spent, which means winter is coming soon!

We are in Fort Nelson where it was 81 when we arrived at 4:30 this afternoon.  The car thermometer hit 84 at one point this afternoon.  It was a long day and I am ready for the shower and then bed, only to get up early and go even further tomorrow, hopefully landing in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory tomorrow night.  We have some beautiful scenery to go through tomorrow.

Good night and God bless.