Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
So our glacier cruise in the rain was still good. We were teased by a humpback whale who wouldn't give us a full show; saw a few bald eagles and sea otters and bunches of kitty wigs and sea gulls. And several different glaciers. It rained al night, and is still here with us this morning.
We are mostly packed up for our flights home LATE tonight. Tomorrow will be a long day, but we'll be home and that sounds mighty fine to all of us. We've missed everyone. But we'd do it again. Srsly! We'd take a different route, but we would definitely do it again. Maybe not next year though.
Thanks for tagging along. Check back for more photos...eventually.
And get out there and see the world, y'all! It is awesome!!! Don't wait.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
On our trip up here we saw a couple of moose, then a mama and calf just off the road. Sweet! And a few eagles. Love seeing all the wildlife.
Time to get out the umbrellas and head out. WYWH, y'all!
Monday, May 28, 2012
Halibut BLTs @ Chinook's were divine, then we went to see Exit Glacier. It was overcast and the path was still snow covered, so we didn't get to get very close to the glacier. But still, we enjoyed seeing what we could see.
After a few games of Rummikub and bowls of chili, we called it a good day.
Wow, we just saw a few blows from a small whale, but he wouldn't surface. Chasing after breakfast I suppose.
Have a great Memorial Day, wherever you are. Give thanks for our heroes who have served our country and are still serving. Thank you, one and all.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Sunny and cold in Seward. We are driving around sightseeing today.
Happy Sunday, y'all. Life is good...we are free!
Saturday, May 26, 2012
We are parked on the water near the fabulous AK Sealife Center, a totally awesome place! We spent the afternoon there, thoroughly enjoying all the various sea critters.
Tonight our guys will freeze and grill steaks outside. It's their job, right?! Lynne and I will handle the womanly food indoors where it is warm. It's the right thing to do.
Please remember those who have given us our freedom, which is never free. And count your blessings. WYWH!
Friday, May 25, 2012
Since our beach dry camping was only $15 (as opposed to $60 With amenities), we went back out for seafood dinner at Captain Pattie's. Skip the chowder at LE and get it here instead. Trust me!
And this photo is of Dick snapping photos of about 100 seals frolicking in the surf. We have enjoyed seeing more eagles here, too. And guys out kite surfing/wake boarding. Brrr...
Today we shall take a ferry over across the bay to a quaint fishing village. Will post a photo or two later.
Have yourself a lovely Friday. Who has w/e plans? We'll leave here either later today or tomorrow. WYWH, y'all!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Dick went outside to video some of the bald eagles we saw while eating, but they didn't cooperate. Go figure!
We are enjoying some beautiful sights. Arriving now at Homer with more awesome views. We see the spit!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
So what's for dinner, Barb asked. The boys have a fire started to grill chicken thighs and roast some white corn. We enjoyed a roasted chicken for dinner last night, so while we are stopped I am simmering the carcass for some chicken and rice soup for another meal.
I think tomorrow we shall finally visit Homer, but now it is wine thirty here and time to sit and enjoy the fire. More another time on all the animals we have seen.
Bob and Lynne are making bacon and pancakes and they are smelling mighty good. We plan to head south toward Homer, no particular plans other than to enjoy ourselves. We do that well.
Hi to everyone. WYWH!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
After leaving the farm, we continued up the road, stopping for a quick lunch at Miller's Market N of Wasilla (great mocha shake!). And then we parted company with Bob and Lynne. They headed on to Denali and will ride the big cheeser school bus on a 6 hour tour of the park today. We did that already and don't want to do it again, plus we have a flight seeing trip scheduled for this morning...if the weather cooperates.
We spent the night in a cg in Talkeetna, and saw McKinley en route and I snapped a photo on my camera...which is where it still is. Hopefully we will get even better shots today from the air or it will be my only photo of the mountain this trip.
The plan is to meet Bob and Lynne later today...or tomorrow. We're easy. Cell phones are wonderful. Oh, and our family radios have worked well so we could stay in touch as we are rolling, since we have mostly been in areas where the cell phone didn't work.
Life is good...and the weather is warmer. Stay tuned...
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Monday, May 21, 2012
The roads have been very good up until the last 200 in Canada from Whitehorse up to the US border. We saw a few more moose and one bear. We visit a musk ox farm today. Stay tuned!
What a beautiful country we have. And also congrats to Grammie Joy on the birth yesterday of Eva Daphne. What a blessing!
More miles and smiles, y'all!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
We have been blessed with more animal sightings...bears, caribou, moose, hawks, swans, roaming horses, grouse and rabbits! Fun seeing all them. Hope I have a few good photos to post when able.
It is finally warmer, with snow only visible on the mountain tops, rather than on the ground near us.
Happy Sunday from the road!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Back on the road, stopping near the AK border tonight. Have spaghetti sauce defrosting for our dinner. Have to stop in White Horse for fuel and wine. We do have our priorities. Hopefully we will have a bit of phone service briefly while there.
Wishing Megan and Ralph best wishes as they marry today, without us. Love y'all!
More miles and smiles. AK or bust tomorrow!
Friday, May 18, 2012
The animals have been plentiful...bears/cubs, elk, a moose, deer, wolves, hawks. Will probably see more today.
We are rolling early today. Sunny and cold. Saturday near AK, arriving there Sunday after 2 4-500 mile days. Even Bob is doing well with long days!
Miles and smiles, y'all! WYWH!!!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Have a 400 mile day today. Will post as we find free wifi. Don't plan to make/receive phone calls while in Canada. Text us if needed...and when Joy has a granddaughter!
More miles and smiles, y'all! Leave us comments!!!
Monday, May 14, 2012
About the battery situation: there is engine battery that was good. There is a second battery for the fridge, water pump, and most especially...the heater! The latter would not run the heater thru the night. Not good. Brrr...so now you know. Lynne and I are now warm. It is 37 outside and sunny.
Miles and smiles, y'all!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Spotting this herd of about 100 bison, we pulled off for photos. We enjoyed watching the adults get the calves to cross the river. Our kids will remark that bison are a part of our American heritage. We did see some wallering in the dirt.
Once again we are N bound, heading to Canada by way of Glacier NP first. We do need to stop and buy a new battery for each Moho first.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers!
Hugs from the road...
Saturday, May 12, 2012
For your viewing pleasure, here is a shot of the inside. Two-compartment sink and a 3 burner gas cook top are on the L. Bed up on the cabover is good for storage. We needed its comforter as additional warmth on top of our comforter already. Sheesh.
Will update more later, y'all! Rolling, rolling...
Friday, May 11, 2012
We are learning the operational systems of the units. Thy are very noisy riding down the road, but we'll get used to it.
Today is cool and beautiful for our travels up to Jackson Hole. We saw herds of deer yesterday. Today mostly. Cows, horses, and goats.
Miles of smiles from the road. Hey to Lynne's knitting friends. Leave us a howdy. Our service is intermittent, but we do reach civilization...eventually! And I will post when I can.
Life is good, y'all!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Scooter (almost 4) announced I don’t need no stinkin trainin wheels! And he didn’t any more, so Jason removed them. He hasn’t slowed down since!
Brian was an old man @ 4 when his trainers were removed. I am sure our wee boys will both be trying to keep up with Unka Brian. Check out what he was recently doing (Faith, I stole your photo):
So today is air travel day for us. Las Vegas, here we come! Let the fun begin!!!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
This is the anticipated line up that will leave here in the morning, except that black (winter) purse on the L will instead be a beige one. But I will stick the beige bag inside a black bag that will be my carry on to hold the iPad and a jacket.
Since we will be in cold climates, we needed the larger suitcase to hold the bulky stuff. Bugger. Maybe we can pare it down. We’ll try.
I got my desk as cleaned off as it gets…no small feat…laundry done, and several things checked off the list already. Today, everything else will be finished so that we are ready to roll. For the very first time, I am not taking a stack of paperback books on this trip. My iPad is loaded with books (and my bag has chargers to keep it running!). This feels strange. Very strange. Almost naked strange, but I’ll adjust.
Life is a highway…and we’re gonna ride. Hop on, y’all!
Monday, May 7, 2012
MM and I will probably be seeing sights like this, literally. And much, much more. We are heading to Alaska…by way of Las Vegas! Srsly. Doesn’t everyone do it that way?
We fly to LV on Wednesday, joined by Bob and Lynne, who are flying down from NH. Stay with me on this. We have a show booked that night (B/L have only briefly visited LV, so this is their one big night out on the town in sin city). We’ll make the most of it, of course!
On Thursday, we pick up two Class C motorhomes (those are the relatively little guys, not like our big Class A ones), because the rental company needed drivers to get them up to Anchorage for their summer season. Our guys have always wanted to drive the Al-Can Highway…one-way, in someone else’s motorhome…so this is a perfect combination. Everybody is happy.
MM has literally been trying to get this sweet deal put together for over 10 years, and this is the first time it has come together so that we could do it (but we miss niece Megan’s wedding, unfortunately…sniff, sniff).
Dan and Joan drove their own moho up AND back last year (this is her photo above), and have shared lots of info as well as their mile marker book with us. MM has been researching routes, places to stay, and things to do. We shall make the MOST of our time and places to visit, remembering that we are on a deadline and can’t doddle along overly much.
Of course I’ll be blogging all along the way…when I have service, that is. There will be expected stretches of nothing but nature, but that will simply be photo op time to share when we do have service. Blogpress had better not let me down! Lynne just got a new iPad, so we’ll have fun playing and learning from each other.
Come along and enjoy the ride…literally…apparently 3,000 miles from LV to Anchorage!
The suitcases are out, lists are made, kitty sitter lined up…time to do laundry and then pack! Only two more sleeps…
Life is short…enjoy it while you can, y’all!
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Y’all know what kind of help two wee boys can be…NOT! They had fun playing in the sawdust and the small lumber pieces created by all the sawing MM was doing on Friday. He made a simple platform bed for our guest room, creating lots of noise along with the sawdust. The boys wanted to sleep on the new bed that night, but that will have to wait till another visit. It got too late to get both the boys AND the bed ready by bedtime.
I think today will be a much deserved day of rest for both of us ‘old’ people…and a day to check my list for our next adventure.
It will be an awesome trip, one that has been on MM’s bucket list for a long time. Details tomorrow!
Have a super Sunday. We sure will. Life’s too short not to be happy!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Welcome to the real world, kiddos! Life is not a dress rehearsal, y'all!
Friday, May 4, 2012
With the help of my efficient office assistant, we knocked a hole in the paperwork yesterday, even getting the filing (mostly) done. This is a good thing, since I have two wee energetic, exuberant boys this afternoon and tomorrow.
Go away, rain! Two boys need to play outside!!!
Anyone want to come join the fun? Come on! It won’t be dull…and we’ll all sleep well tonight.
Life is active in paradise, y’all!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
And he did bring one inside, bless his little hunting heart. Love my KC boy!
He has already been out this morning and is back inside with no catch of the day. The day is young.
Cleaning off my desk...life is good and warm here in paradise, y'all!