travel

Glacial

One of the highlights of our trip to Alaska was seeing glaciers. Many glaciers. And a few up close!

This was our third visit to Portage Lake since the kids moved to Alaska- but the first time we have taken the boat ride across the lake to see the glacier! While Caitlin and Lonnie were buying tickets, the boys and I walked down to the water’s edge, and I was able to take this shot featuring one of the large chunks of ice floating in the lake.


Green

One of our most memorable excursions in Homer was a hike through the nature preserve, a verdant and lush forest area, which is home to bear and moose (it IS Alaska. . .). In fact we saw a moose before we turned into the parking area. We were told not to go down the animal trails (us? no way!) and to stay on the paths. The path that began as a flat board walk quickly turned to uneven ground with tree roots every 8-12 inches. It took a week or so for my knees and feet to recover- but it was all worth it.

There were ferns and wildflowers everywhere- and it was so GREEN! I put my Lensbaby on my camera and had a great time shooting wildflowers (and yes, even dandelions). I’ll post more another day!

 


Homer From Above

We took a morning drive above the town to get a different perspective. Here is a view of Kachemak Bay, the mountains and glaciers beyond, and the Homer spit.


Fish and Chips. . . and a Hound Dog

Another interesting sight on the Homer Spit . . .

 

 


Wooden Boat Society

I came upon an amazing sight as we drove along the Homer Spit- old, rickety boats tied up or sitting amidst the wildflowers by the path along Kachemak Bay. After we ate dinner one night, I had Lonnie drop me off so I could walk along and take photos. At least one of the boats looked like someone lived in it or had lived in it. There was a small sign that said Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society, so I googled it and discovered it is a non-profit organization “dedicated to sharing the history, preservation, and creation of wooden boats and maritime traditions. ” So cool! They have a wooden boat festival on Labor Day, but I don’t know if these boats are part of it or not.

I found this boat particularly appealing.

 

 

 


On the Spit

One of the features of Homer, Alaska is the Homer Spit- a narrow strip of land extending out into Kachemak Bay. It is lined with shops and places to eat, and has a harbor where fishing boats take off and return all day long. Here is a view of one of the rows of shops and eateries.


Wildflowers, Sea, and Mountains

We stopped at a viewpoint as we approached Homer- gorgeous!


North to Alaska

We’ve just returned from a wonderful 10 day trip to Alaska! The highlight was spending time with our daughter’s family in Eagle River. Here are the boys at the Alaska Botanical Gardens in Anchorage- they are growing up so fast!

Summer in Alaska is endless daylight, intensely green trees, flowers everywhere, tall peaks, and glaciers! Photos from this trip will be dominating my blog for the foreseeable future!


Two Men

I think there are two men in this photo.

  1. The guy taking pictures from the rocks and . . .
  2. Can you see the profile on the cliff???

Lone Surfer

This shot was taken at Laguna Beach during our last trip to see our grandbaby. We had just finished lunch, and I looked outside and saw this one solitary young man in the waves.


Door to Nowhere

I was just saying to my friend, Debbie that I don’t think anyone could ever accuse me of having a photographic **style**!  She kindly suggested my style is eclectic, which might be a nice way of saying it’s all over the place. . .

Anyway, when I like a photo, I, more often than not, edit it several different ways- as evidenced by this shot of a door in the Masonic building in Flagstaff. I hope it is nailed shut, because it is several stories up and there is no balcony!


Wigwam Trio

Hope you enjoyed my week of wigwams! This one is my favorite.


But wait- there’s MORE WIGWAM!

I think this will be the last one. . .


Vintage Wigwam

Here’s another shot of the Wigwam Motel at night- this time with a black and white edit for a vintage look. It’s also missing the “car trails”- streaks from tail lights from passing cars- that were visible in yesterday’s image (and I kept in because I like them).

As you can probably tell, I found the Wigwam Motel totally captivating. I only wish that I had crossed the street and wandered around the grounds. It would probably not have been a good idea to do this at nighttime though. I think I need a return trip!


Nighttime at the Wigwam Motel

When we visited Holbrook, we were delighted to see that our motel was right across the street from the Wigwam Motel. I don’t really want to sleep in a wigwam, but I liked being able to stroll out at night with my camera and tripod to get this shot.