A Little More Wildlife

30 05 2009

This is almost the last set of photo we have of the Leggs’ visit.  But don’t worry, my sister and Mom will be here shortly!  The last few days that the Leggs were up here, we packed in the activities.  A few trips out on the boat fishing and whale watching, a hike to the waterfall, and one really cool photo of eagle on top of the sea lion buoy.

These first few are from our trip out on the boat with Captain Jay and Jessica.

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Once Jackson got behind the wheel of the boat, things really changed for the better… whales, eagles, sea lions.

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On the way out of Amalga Harbor, Melissa spotted some bears in the meadow.  Of course, we had to investigate.

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And this one, folks, is the best photo we took out on the water.  I think it falls in in our top 10 of photos up here.

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And here are a final few from my hike out to the glacier waterfall with Jackson, Melissa, and Jason.  Really nice walk, and really huge waterfall.

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Two More Photos!

27 05 2009

When I went through our pictures from the Take Lodge trip, I realized I left out two that I really like.  This first one we took from the float plane of a float plane in front of us taking off in front of the Taku Glacier.  Turned out nicely.

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And this second one I took from the plane as we neared Juneau.  I’m not sure if that is an old pier or what out in the water, but I thought this one was pretty sweet in the end.  It kind of reminded me of a graphic you might see as the logo of a production company or something (maybe ours one day!).  I like how rippled the water is, and that is almost looks like solid ground even.

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Finally — Some Recapping

27 05 2009

Sorry it has taken a bit to get things up.  We took a ferry trip to Haines this weekend for the Haines Brew Festival.  Photos of that event may or may not make it on this blog.  Who am I kidding?  Of course we’ll put some photos from that awesome trip up here.

But first things first.  As I have said, we had a great time during the visit from Jason, Melissa, and Jackson.  And some great pictures out of the deal as well.  Our first adventure with those guys was to the Taku Lodge.  We took a float plane from downtown Juneau for a scenic ride to the lodge, which took about 25 minutes.  The take off and landing on the float plane was the smoothest we have had on any plane, but while in the air you really do feel every little gust of wind.  We saw the Juneau ice fields, and a few other glaciers, such as the Taku Glacier.  Plus, there were these really cool, deep blue pools that formed here and there.  And, some folks were still able to catch a few Z’s on the trip, as you will see below.

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Once we arrived at the lodge, we took a quick hike to a waterfall for a few photos.  After the hike, we sat down for some tasty grilled salmon – which really was some of the better tasting salmon we’ve had that we did not catch.  And I even took a photo of Michele taking a photo of the Legg family, which I think turned our quite nicely.

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And last but not least (no, no, no, not a sunset photo) – the bear!  After our dinner, one more guest showed up for some salmon.  Once the grill had cooled a bit, a bear crept out of the woods to lick up all the residue from the outdoor grill.  It was pretty amazing.  We were about 20 feet from the bear, but he paid little attention to us.  We were even told his name was Hector.  Hector provided us with some of the best shots of a bear we have gotten in Juneau.  Thanks, pal.

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In this next one, check out the person in the window of the door there.

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I like this next one because the folks on the John Deere to the left are just chilling out – as if there is not a bear 15 feet away.

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And finally, here’s Jackson’s reenactment of the bear eating his dinner.

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The Talking Bear

20 05 2009

“Hold on, hold on… do you really think just one can of bear spray is enough to stop me???”

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Where to Begin?

19 05 2009

So, we have about 1,000 photos it seems that could get up on this blog from the last couple of weeks.  As you know, I have promised some photos from the lake, and we have a ton of pictures from the visit by Melissa, Jason, and Jackson.  I will post some lake photos below.

For the visit from the Leggs, we have some great shots of our adventures.  Here’s a quick preview of what to expect: Taku Lodge, bears, whales, waterfalls, fishing, sea lions, and last but not least, the Governor, Sarah Palin.

Our last few days down South were spent at the lake with Michele’s crew.  This first photo is of Jackson and me getting ready to go out for some fishing.  And the one below that if of Michele with the Legg crew on their boat.

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And no fishing trip is complete without Mr. Alex Moton.

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Sometimes he plays the role of Dapper Dan; other times he’s chilling out as Cool Man McGee.

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And guess who caught the first fish on our boat?  Not me, not Michele, not Nana, not Denny, not Meg.  Who’s left?

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And here’s Michele casting out in hopes of catching a brim.  And she got a bite!

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As we learned, there are 3 things you need when cleaning fish after a day out on the lake.

(1) A good knife.

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(2) An ice cold beer.

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(3) Most importantly, someone in the area with “wild man” hair.

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While Jason and Denny were filleting the fish, we were treated to a cirque de soleil routine from Alex and Jackson.

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Overall, it was an excellent trip to the lake.  And believe it or not, they even have nice sunsets in Louisiana (sometimes).  Here are a few random photos of the cabin, fishing, and the sunset of course.

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Up Close

15 05 2009

I am hoping to post some photos from our trip to the lake near Shreveport a little later today.  In the meantime, I figured I would throw out a preview of what will be post no. 1 next week.  We took a float plane trip with Melissa, Jason, and Jackson on Wednesday to the Taku Lodge.  While there, we had a visitor show up to help clean the grill used for cooking salmon.

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The Alabama Run

13 05 2009

We are back from our trip down South.  And actually, we don’t have a ton of photos from the Bama portion, as much of it was spent at Brent’s wedding.  And the time we spent at the beach saw my mom taking all of the pictures.  Basically, we took in the wedding of Brent and Holley in Birmingham, then down to Mobile/Gulf Shores, then to Jackson to see the COACH, then to Shreveport/Toledo Bend Lake.

The lake photos will be up later in the week.  Brent and Holley’s wedding was great fun.  We only have a few photos from a party on Thursday night, as we left the rest of the photography to the pros.  Anywhere, below is me with Brent and his brother Brian.  And then one of Brent and Holley.

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If I get some photos from my mom of our trip down to Gulf Shores, I will get those up. But we had a nice time seeing everyone in Mobile on Sunday, and then really enjoyed hanging out down on the beach for a couple of days.  And, I stepped up big time in the technology department while I was home… as I am now the proud owner of an iPhone.

For now, though, we will skip ahead to our trip to Jackson, MS to see the COACH.  Michele’s mom is the president of the Alabama Alumni Club of Shreveport and got us some tickets to see Nick Saban speak in Jackson as part of the Crimson Caravan.  It was a pretty sweet experience with the following highlights: (1) surprisingly good food (fillet for dinner); (2) Eli Gold as the emcee; (3) photo and handshake with the COACH; (4) Saban was quite candid and personable for his talk (he smiled like 3 times!); and (5) we were sitting about 15 feet from the podium.

Anyway, photos are below.  Enjoy…

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