And Now For Saturday (Part II)

25 05 2010

Michele survived! Yes! Okay, I’ll come clean – those were photos from last summer, but they still kept you on the edge of your seat, right?

After the Coast Guard demonstration, we walked down to the Maritime Festival. They had a bunch of booths set up selling seafood and promoting tours and providing info about coastal lands. In fact, our pal Dave Gann was manning the Alaska Coastal Management Program booth. None of the booths, though, were exciting enough for photos. After checking things out, we met up with some friends near The Hangar (at a place called the Flight Deck) for some outdoor food and drinks…

Here’s Michele, her mom, and me…

After a few hours of enjoying the outdoors on land, we moved on to the water. There’s a group in Juneau that runs some music/whale watching cruises. This one was a blues cruise that had some solid live music, drinks, and whales. The first two were guaranteed, the third was not. But the whales came through anyway! Here’s a photo with a bunch of us Juneau lawyers on the boat. Wait, isn’t that the start of some bad joke?

Our first whale spotting!

And another one that decided to show a little more of its body…

Here’s Michele and her mom with a pretty nice backdrop…

And the best whale shot of the evening. We didn’t realize this one would show up quite so well until we saw the photo later that night…

We know it’s been a while, so what better way to finish up this post than with 78 sunset pics??? Michele was the instigator behind our trip out to North Douglas for the sunset. And it’s a good thing she was – as it turned out to be a really good one (especially on camera). Here they are…

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And that’s how our weekend went. Pretty solid stuff overall. And then the Suns beat the Lakers on Sunday night, followed by the “Lost” finale. Not much more you could have asked for… except an explanation as to what happened to Walt and why those damn numbers were so important!

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And Now For Saturday (Part I)

25 05 2010

As I thought it might, the events of Saturday will be enough for two posts.  What excitement!  Maybe even a cliffhanger at the end, like Michele and me looking down a hatch.  For this post, I’ll give the breakdown of the first fun event of Saturday’s “Maritime Festival.”  The Coast Guard performed a really cool rescue demonstration in the channel right in front of our place.  They flew in a helicopter, had a guy jump from a boat in the channel, the pulled him out of the water.

This first shot was actually from after the rescue, but it is one of the best I think.  The helicopter is on its way back to the landing pad and float plane is sliding back into the dock…

Here is the copter on its way in…

Closer to the water…

We were all surprised that the helicopter, in the end, got within about 20 feet of the water.  You can see the diver’s flippers hanging off the edge…

The diver is in the water and heading for the person to rescue, so they lower the basket…

They were behind a building when the rescued person was carried up, but we did capture the diver getting back into the copter…

Halfway there…

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And he’s in!  It was a pretty awesome display and made you feel a little better about your chances if you fell in the water.  A little.  Those Coast Guard folks are tremendous, but that water is still FREEZING cold!

And now for the cliffhanger…





Big Weekend

24 05 2010

It was like being back in college!  Why?  Because our big weekend started Thursday.  Michele was actually off Friday, so hers really did start a day early.  Also, Michele’s mom has come up for a visit.  And lucky for her, the weather has been pretty sweet so far.  On day 1 of her trip up, we hit the road running and had a barbecue out at Eagle Beach.  When the sun does not set until 9:30pm, you have a lot of time after work to get in some outdoor fun.

Here was the scene…

And here are Michele and her mom coming back from a short walking and tossing the tennis ball…

More the scene – the way the mountains kind of shine is really cool on cloudy days with the sun poking through on occasion…

And here’s Barkley with his buzz cut.  His hair had gotten really long and he was hot and itching all the time.  Michele asked the lady to give him a good trim, and she most certainly did that.  He’s back to looking like a puppy…

This is Leif and Leslie’s puppy named Murray…

Here is Mike and Karen’s dog Champ giving some serious chase to some birds…

While these aren’t the same birds Champ was chasing, it was a cool scene…

Here’s everyone who made the drive out to Eagle Beach – Michele, Linda, Kelly, Leif, Erin, Tom, Leslie, and Mike…

I am on my way toward the beach to throw the tennis ball a few times for Barkley and Champ…

Here are the ladies sitting back and relaxing…

And that’s all from Eagle Beach.  But that was just the beginning!  I am guessing it will take a two-part effort to get in all the events of Saturday… Juneau Maritime Festival, Coast Guard rescue demonstration, whale-watching Blues Cruise, Michele explaining what happened on the last 15 minutes of “Lost.”  Check back!





A Few More

20 05 2010

There was another exhibit at the Experience Music Project on portraits of musicians.  They had plenty of famous shots of people ranging from Elvis to David Bowie to Janis Joplin to Prince.  Of course, we participated in our own version of a rocker portrait.

Here’s Michele doing the Bob Dylan…

And here I am channeling a little Hendrix…

And finally, here are some cool shots Michele took of the outside edges of the museum  and one with the Space Needle in the background…

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Weekend In Seattle

20 05 2010

Michele and I ended up in Seattle for a quick trip this past weekend.  But don’t you worry, we hit all the high points.  Well, at least three of the high points.  Space Needle?  Check.  Experience Music Project?  Check.  Pike Place Fish Market?  Check.  Unfortunately, the Mariners were losing games in Tampa at the time.  Here’s a quick recap of our three stops.

First stop was brunch at the Space Needle.  The food was pretty good, the view was tremendous.  And what’s really cool is that the restaurant part of the Needle rotates very slowly, so you get all the different views available while you dine.  The downside?  If you use the restroom, it takes you 20 minutes to find the table again.

Here’s a cool shot of the Space Needle that Michele took…

And one from a little ways back…

The view from the inside…

There was a very cool looking pirate-ship sail boat out in Puget Sound…

After our brunch, we walked next door to the Experience Music Project.  You can check out their website by clicking here.  It’s basically an interactive music museum – with some pretty awesome exhibits.  The main highlights were a huge guitar sculpture, a Jimi Hendrix area, and an photo exhibition.

First off, here’s the guitar sculpture thing…

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And here are a couple guitars that Jimi Hendrix smashed on stage…

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And this is the guitar that Hendrix used to play his famous version of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock…

Of course, there is an “experience” part to the museum beyond just the Jimi Hendrix Experience.  That’s right, we jammed a little.  I hit the drums…

And Michele made up her own tunes on the guitar…

What’s funny is that for as much as Michele and I enjoy music and concerts, we have basically no musical talent.  Luckily for others trying to enjoy themselves, all the playing you do at the museum is inside a sound-proof booth.

In addition to the music stuff, there was a sci-fi exhibit going on in the same building.  We obviously had to give that a look.  Michele first gave props to one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then had a short stare down with Yoda…

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Meanwhile, I was cornered by a Storm Trooper…

There are a few other photos from the museum that I will post in a bit.  But on to our final stop – The Public Market.  Here’s the sign at the front…

We watched the guys throw the fish around  at the Pike Place Fish Market.  If you want to read more about that, then click here.  We actually watched a girl around 20 years-old come out of the crowd and  successfully catch about three fish.  Here’s the overall scene…

We did carefully check out the rockfish they had for sale.  We noticed one that looked a bit like a yellow-eye rockfish.  But if you compare, we definitely think the one Michele pulled in was much nice.  The first photo below is the one at the market, the second is the one Michele caught…

That’s all for now from Seattle.  I have a few more fun ones to post, which I will put up a little later.





Not Exactly “The” Bear

19 05 2010

I glanced out our window yesterday afternoon and saw something that appeared to be a good bit larger than our upstairs neighbor’s black dog.  Upon closer inspection, I realized that our neighbor’s Rosie and Jake were getting an unannounced visitor…

Pretty awesome.





This Needs No Commentary From Us

17 05 2010