Travel Blog Is Back

30 07 2010

Seeing as I know how much Michele adores my live travel blogs, I decided to post a few photos while I wait on my plane to board. The first couple are glaciers I saw on the plane ride from Juneau to Seattle. The last is of a lady in the Dallas airport where a sweet pink and sparkly cowboy hat.

(Also, there is a chance our pal Tom may be a guest blogger next week if he documents his drive from Juneau to Anchorage – stay tuned.)

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Some Sunsets Photos

29 07 2010

I will be AFB (away from blog) for the next week or so as I make a visit to beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana.  I will have the camera, so you never know what might find its way up on the blog.  But – don’t you worry – I had a few sunset photos from last week that were pretty awesome, and I was just waiting for the right moment to post them.  Now!

What I really like about these is that they are all from one night, so you get to see the changing colors as the sun sets further.

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Grilling Out And Bear Viewing

28 07 2010

After our hike, we met back up at our apartment for a cookout.  Tom and Kelly are moving to Anchorage next week, so this get together was inspired by our limited time left with these two.  We had a nice variety of salmon, turkey dogs, beef ribs, corn on the cob, asparagus, salad, guacamole, and a chocolate dessert.  Oh, and a beer or two.

And, we had an uninvited guest near the end of the night.  But the four people in the below photo were all invited…

And another shot of friends enjoying the sun…

Here’s the Bud Light cooler/boombox…

One thing that always fascinated Michele and me were the “robe people” on the cruise ship.  I know these folks can see us, so we can certainly see them.  Nonetheless, people always come cruising out in their cruise ship complimentary robes.  How many robes can see you in the pic below?

Most of the guests had exited the cook-out before our uninvited guest arrived.  Leif and Leslie stuck around for a few minutes after everyone else moved on.  But about 5 minutes after people left, this bear came creeping on over looking for berries on the trees below…

Barkley was leashed up close to me, but he was actually playing with our neighbor Mark’s dog when I first spotted the bear.  I scooped him up and closed him inside the apartment (needless to say, he was UNHAPPY about that).  The bear really paid no attention to us, as he was just rummaging through the bushes.  We think it was a male because there were no cubs in tow…

He wandered into the grassy area down below our complex for a few minutes, then came walking back along to head to bed for the night…

Remember how I said Barkley was unhappy about missing the action.  Here he is at the window, saying “Let me out, fool!”





Salmon Creek Trail? Check.

28 07 2010

I can now mark one more trail of my list – Salmon Creek Trail.  Yesterday after work, I grabbed Tom and we met up with Kate and Karen for a brisk two-hour hike (of course, we also had 5 dogs: Barkley, Champ, Kyrie, Kitty, and Miles).  The weather was nice out, blue skies, decent breeze.  The hike starts by going straight up hill rather steeply for a few minutes, then flattens out nicely as you walk along the creek.

Tom and Kate got a little ahead of Karen and me (thanks to Barkley “taking his talents to Miami”), but they did stop for this photo…

You wonder why Barkley loves Tom so much?  It’s because Tom returns that love…

Here’s a shot of the creek…

And here’s Kate and Karen in front of the creek.  “Am I making it on the blog?”  Yes!

This was a cool lake area we came across.  More photos of this to come…

The dogs decided to stop for a drink at this spot.  That’s Champ on the left and Miles in the middle…

But Kitty decided to have an all out bath instead…

Here’s the creek again.  This is the spot where we turned around – about two miles to get here…

In the background is an old power building used by AEL&P.  In the foreground, Barkley and me!

And now Barkley and me with a different background…

This is Kate, Karen, and the dogs in front of the old power building.  (Not pictured: Kyrie, who was off visiting a porcupine.)

I’m still not sure why Tom wanted his picture in front of this rusted out pipe…

Barkley is getting a drink from the creek.  It was pretty hot out, much drinking needed…

If you looked up from the hike, this is what you saw…

And this was that lake on the way back.  I managed to locate some reflections!

Reflection of the mountain…

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It was difficult to get a good angle on the lake due to all the trees around blocking the view.  I think there may have been cooler photos to be had, I just couldn’t figure out how to get one.  In the end, another fun hike.

But don’t worry, the fun didn’t end there.  More to come in a bit…





My New Toy

27 07 2010

I know it took a while, but I finally broke down and made a real Alaska-style purchase.  That’s right, a boat!

I looked at this one first…

Then I looked at one closer to my price range…

I know, I know – she’s a real beauty, isn’t she?  And even sturdier upon closer inspection…

(FYI – this is a joke.  I did not buy a boat, but we do own two inner-tubes.)





Weekend Rundown

26 07 2010

We had good movie weather on Saturday, then actually decent outdoor weather on Sunday.  Tom and I took a shot at the Mendenhall Peninsula trail on Saturday afternoon.  The trail starts out the road a short ways, and it did not appear as if that is a really popular trail.  It started out well, as we saw a bunch of eagles right off the bat.  Throughout the hike there were eagles swooping out of the trees.  That part was pretty cool, but getting to the water was not exactly as we had hoped.

Anyway, here are some of the eagles we saw.  Juvenile eagle in a tree…

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Another juvenile, still in the first 25 feet of the trail…

There actually three eagles in this photo.  Can you see all three?

We found our way down this embankment to hit the shoreline…

Barkley was hoping there would be more room to roam – so were we…

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On the way back, we scoped out this creepy-looking forest stick home.  Amazingly enough, the owner wanted $925 a month for rent…

Here’s a closer shot of two eagles…

After our hike, we grabbed some halibut at the Sandbar (excellent), then headed back downtown to see “Inception.”  We both really enjoyed the movie, though neither of us could figure out what happened exactly.

With dry weather on Sunday, I took Barkley out to Sheep Creek to throw the tennis ball for a bit…

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As it turned out, we now had some visitors at Sheep Creek.  The salmon had found there way down!

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And as you can see from this photo, there were hundreds of them…

I took this photo from the bridge that runs over the creek.  Pretty cool angle…





Herbert Glacier Hike

23 07 2010

Last night, we took on the Herbert Glacier trail.  The trail was reasonably flat and well-maintained, but it’s about 4.5 miles long – so it still makes for a nice workout.  We alsmot made it all the way to the end, but we had to turn around for fear of hiking in the dark.  Bears in daylight are scary enough.

I picked up our pal Leif about 5:30 and we made it out to the trailhead a little after 6pm.  Eric and Lisa met up with us as well, but they got there a little after us.  Oh, and of course Barkley made the trip.    If you travel out the road, you will arrive at Herbert Glacier first and Eagle Glacier second.  Eagle Beach is one of our favorite spots out the road, and this trail started about 5 minutes before you got to Eagle Beach.

Almost every time we head out fishing with friends, we catch a glimpse of both the Herbert Glacier and Eagle Glacier.  They look very different from the boat than Herbert looked up close.  First off, here’s a host of Herbert from a distance…

Here’s a shot from the beginning of the hike.  That’s the Herbert River…

The trail was odd in that it started off with some scenic views of the river, then you walk through just forest with no water in sight for about 2.5 miles, then bam – the glacier!  There were also some benches set up at some of the “scenic” spots.  We questioned the placement of the benches, though they did seem like a good idea…

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There were a number of these little ponds along the way…

More of the river…

And now making his first appearance in this post, Barkley….

And here’s our first sight of the glacier.  You really just come around a corner and get this view.  Pretty sweet…

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We walked on about 10 more minutes and came to a sandy beach that had the best view of the glacier that we got…

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Here’s Leif jogging over to check out the river…

The moss on the rock in the middle of this photo looked like it would glow in the dark..

Barkley and me!  Of course Barkley couldn’t look at the camera for this one.  But I thought Leif did a nice job on the pic…

And here’s a photo of Lisa taking a photo of Eric and Ali…

I tried this camera zoom app on my phone and this is how that photo turned out…

All in all, an excellent hike.  I’m not sure what’s next on the list, but hopefully I will have something exciting to report after the weekend!