A Day At The Beach (Juneau-style)

29 06 2010

We got some nice weather on Sunday of this past weekend, and I took advantage with Barkley.  Saturday was spent first watching the World Cup matches, then hitting up “The A-Team” with some friends.  At least it was better than “Ninja Assassin.”

But Sunday was spent outdoors.  We drove a way out the road to this pretty sweet beach spotted a few weeks back.  There were only a few other folks there, so it was nice and quiet and had some nice options for walks.  I brought a chair, the Chunk-it, and some music.  Here are a couple views of the scene…

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One cool aspect on this particular day was some fisherman out purse seining for salmon   You can read more about that by clicking here.  I got a few photos of them, but it was quite entertaining to watch…

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Barkley and I took a solid walk out to the edge of the rocks at the point of the beach.  It was a little tough going, but it was a nice view when we got to the end…

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The water was really clear, as you can see…

And Barkley apparently needed to cool off his paws after our adventure…

After relaxing for a bit, I threw the tennis ball for Barkley for a while.  Once finished, he still did not stray far from his toys…

And finally, a shot of Eagle Beach I took on the way back into town…

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Photos From The Flume

24 06 2010

It’s been raining pretty solidly up here for the last three days.  But, I knew Barkley needed to get some exercise.  So after work yesterday, I took him up to the flume near Perseverance Trail for a quick walk.  The flume is nice because it’s covered a good bit by trees, so you won’t get completely soaked.  But all the rain did have once nice effect – some great scenery with the water raging from the mountain.

I took Barkley to the flume a few weeks back on a sunny afternoon when we had little rain, and here’s what it looked like…

See, it’s nice and calm and somewhat dry.  Not yesterday afternoon.  Here was the site…

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There was a ton of spray coming off the water, so it was like walking through a fog of water at first.  It also reminded me of those mist fans you see at hot weather football games.  Another good side effect of the rain is that you get some solid waterfalls.  These spots were just dry rocks last time I walked by…

I think the pic below is one of the best I have taken with my phone.  It reminds me more of what you might see in Hawaii or Costa Rica than it does Alaska…

And of course, I would get in trouble with the Barkley-lovers if I neglected to post a photo of him from the walk…





Taking The Nation By Storm

24 06 2010

When we first gave it a try last Wednesday, we had no idea that the Juan Marichal statute impersonation would sweep the nation like it has.  First, it was just a for fun with Michele and me.  Then Joey decided he could best us both at the Marichal leg kick.  And now, we have entries all the way from Pittsburgh.

Up first is Jason.  For some reason, he has it in his head that he can beat me at any competition.  But I guess that’s typical of a Terrapin.  Nonetheless, I think he gave this one a pretty good effort…

And now for his better half (and a Dukie!), Anya…

I have to think that if Marichal was able to use a dog as part of his pitching motion, he likely would have won 50 more games.

Thanks for the “Juan Maricahl statute impersonation” entries!  If any of our other friends out there think they can give us a good Juan Marichal, send it along and I’ll put it up!





You Can’t Leave Vegas On A Heater

24 06 2010

Alas, we have all left Vegas – so I guess you know how that one turned out.  Though, I must admit Denny and Meagan were on the very edge of a heater from what I witnessed Saturday night.  And Michele did a nice number on the Elvis Presley slot machine (but man was I tired of hearing her repeat: “Come on now, mama needs a new pair of blue suede shoes”).

We had some excellent food there and took in a couple of shows.  One show caused some controversy amongst the group – Love.  Meagan “loved” it.  Denny ranked it outside the top 5 on his list and Michele would not even comment.  I stayed neutral.  Here’s a cool shot Michele got in the lobby of the show…

Here are some highlights from the trip that did not involve us winning money – in no particular order.  The first was that I learned to play craps (thanks, Herb). The second – in connection with the first – is that Michele and Herb’s wife Carrie set up a secret meeting that neither Herb nor I knew about.  So it was great to see an old college pal for a couple days.  Michele and Meagan had a nice afternoon at the spa, and Denny and I rode the NASCAR roller coaster.  (Michele can add any I missed in the comments.)

Now on to some highlights that include photos.  Our first celebrity encounter happened rather quickly.  On our first trip to the pool, we got our chairs near the edge and just happened to be one row in front of gold medalist Evan Lysacek.  He won the gold at this past Winter Olympics in figure skating, and then he really got famous by finishing 3rd on “Dancing With the Stars” (so I’m told).  Here’s the secret paparazzi photo we took…

Then we urged Michele to go make sure it was who we thought it was.  One of her specialties, as you all may know (or, you could ask Verne Lundquist or Andrew Ware).  She walked over to him and the conversation went like this –

Michele: Hi, can I ask you a really annoying question?

Evan Lysacek: Sure.

Michele: Do you have a gold medal?

Evan Lysacek: With me?

Michele: No, no, do you own one?

Evan Lysacek: I do.

Michele: That’s really awesome.

And that, my friends, is the start to the story of why I punched out Evan Lysacek.  Ha, not really.  But that is how it went down.  From all accounts, he was a very nice and down-to-earth guy.  Quite the opposite, I imagine, of Roy Williams or Tommy Tuberville.

Our other “celebrity” spotting occurred during our Saturday night dinner.  There was a club next to our restaurant, and guess who doing some promoting that night? Two of the Kardashians!  Yea.  I believe it was Kim and Kourtney, as Khlomar were still recuperating from the Lakers title parade.

To exit the club, the two sisters took a back door that led through our restaurant, and they walked right past our table.  They were much shorter and smaller than I expected.

Here is a photo not taken by us that I found online of the sisters at the event in question…

And here’s one that Michele took with her phone when they walked by on their way into the club…

Off to the right edge there – I believe that is Kim.  While Michele gets an A+ for her skills at chatting up famous people, her cell phone photo skills still need some work.  A member of the TMZ paparazzi she is not!  (“Hey, they were moving fast, and I was not ready for them.  I think I did a pretty good job of getting anything under the circumstances.”  Michele has not actually said this yet, but I feel certain that will be her defense on the photo.  Ha!)

With our two celeb sightings, it was fun to compare a guy like Lysacek who has busted his butt his entire life at a skill to earn a gold medal with two heroes like the Kardashian girls who have, uh, not sure what exactly they have contributed to society.

Anyway, off the soap box and back to more photos.  This was a really cute one of Meg and Denny taken in Planet Hollywood…

Hang on, what?  Try this one…

Here’s one of Michele and me at the same venue in our matching blues…

And finally – I felt like I had to try to redeem myself after the Willie Mays statute impersonation fiasco.  Elvis, anyone?

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The Competition

22 06 2010

When we are on our trips, there is often a point I ask Michele to mimic some photo or sculpture in order for me to take a silly photo.  You can see below here for an example…

But this time, it became a competition.  There are  a few statutes outside of AT&T park in San Francisco, but the ones honoring Juan Marichal and Willie Mays were certainly the best.  After the game was over, we took a little walk around the place and the park near the stadium.  Upon our return walk, the crowds had cleared and the area was clear for our poses.  This time, I decided to give it a run.  Mind you, I am but a novice at this activity.  Michele is at the top of the minors at this event, if not in the majors.  As the supreme underdog, I like to think I held my own.  Maybe not?

First up, Willie Mays.  Here is a photo of Willie Mays swinging like the statue…

My attempt…

For some reason, I just couldn’t make my right hand come down any lower.  It looks more like I’m trying to start my triple-axle skating jump than finishing a home run swing.  Oh well, I gave it my all!

Michele, I must admit, gave this statue a little more of its due…

However, I don’t know that Willie was grinning quite so crazily as Michele.  He looks a bit more focused – but she definitely nailed the arm position.

Second up, Juan Marichal.  Here’s a photo of him from the cover of Sports Illustrated

Now here’s my effort next to the statute…

You know, the area that always kept me from getting the Presidential Physical Fitness award in grade school was the flexibility part.  That has not changed.  And for some reason I looked at the camera instead of the imaginary batter.  Otherwise, I would call this a pretty solid attempt.

And now Michele…

I’m not even sure what to say about this one.  I will just offer you Michele’s complaint to me: “You did not take the picture when my leg was at its highest point.”

And we have one bonus entry into the Juan Marichal competition… Joey Nugart!  We showed Joey the photos to get his opinion.  Of course, he believed he could best us both in the pitching motion…

Pretty solid effort – though he did not have the pressure of the statue looming over him or people in car’s staring at him.  While it looks as if he’s closer to falling backward into the wall than rocking back forward, he managed to not fall in the taking of this photo.

Feel free to offer you comments on our photo “competition.”

Finally, here’s a shot of Michele on the couch with Joey and his wife, Lucy…





AT&T Park (And A Tribute To Tim Lincecum)

22 06 2010

Michele and I took a little jaunt down to Las Vegas last week and met up with Meagan and Denny (and Carrie and Herb eventually!).  But, our first stop on our qucik adventure was in San Francisco.  We stayed with Joey and Lucy, got to see my pal Jenn, and took in a Giants game against the Orioles.  The real treat of the game for me was getting to watch Tim Lincecum pitch.

Not only did Tim Lincecum win the Cy Young award last year, he also led my fantasy baseball team – Bash Brothers – to a league title.  And he has a wonderful, flowing mullet.  He was strong in the game we saw as well – he pitched 6 innings and gave up 2 runs, but he had 10 strikeouts.  And we witnessed back-to-back home runs from the home team.

First some general shots from the game. We decided just to buy tickets at the gate and got some solid seats in the shade between home and third…

Here is Aubrey Huff of the Giants with an RBI single to right field.  You can see the ball near the dirt between first and second…

Here’s the Orioles’ Jeremy Guthrie pitching to the Giants, ball is on the way…

And now for the Tim Lincecum portion of the post.  I’m not sure whether it was the hair or the crazy pitching motion, but I could not stop taking photos.  Enjoy…

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After someone miraculously got on base, he needed some strikeouts…

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In the end, I really think it was the hair.  I regret not buying the Tim-mullet they offered at the stadium store.  Here’s one last shot of Timmy, waiting on deck…

There are plenty more pictures to come, though.  Up next: the competition to best replicate the  Juan Marichal and Willie Mays statues.  After that: Vegas!





The Last Two Weekends

14 06 2010

While we did not have any mega-adventures over the last few weekends, we did get some nice photos.  Events not pictured: frying a turkey last Saturday, watching World Cup matches at 7am, a mama bear with three cubs just down the street from us, and a cook-out at Sandy Beach.

The camera highlight from last weekend was a sunny walk out on the Rain Forest Trail in North Douglas.  (Side note – the end of this trail is where Michele got engaged)

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Yesterday afternoon and evening, we took a drive down to the end of the road.  Echo Cove marks the end, and I believe the mile marker there is around 42 or so.

While it was very cloudy downtown, there was actually bits of blue sky once we got out the road a ways.

We made a quick stop at Eagle Beach to throw the tennis ball for Barkley.

And Michele set the timer for a quick family photo.

The photo below is quite similar to one of my favorite photos from my first year in Juneau.  There’s a spot near the end of the road where it looks like you are going to drive straight into a mountain.

Here’s a sail boat anchored in Echo Cove.

And here are Michele and Barkely in the Echo Cove parking lot.  Though this is his first time making it all the way to the end of the road, Barkley was not all that impressed.

On the way back into town, we got some pretty solid shots of the sunset.

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