My friend Nancy has a way of drawing me waaaaay out of my comfort zone. In hindsight, this has been going on for nearly two decades. Exhibit A: In our pre-kid days we spent a leisurely afternoon hiking the Winner Creek trail in Girdwood, only to cap it off by spontaneously launching ourselves off Mt. Alyeska in tandem paragliders. I wish I had better photos, … Continue reading Branching Out
Last Saturday was the ceremonial start of the 48th annual Iditarod, the 1,000 sled dog race across Alaska. How ironic that a day devoted to dogs turned into a morning all about cats at our house. It all started with a text from a neighbor, warning us to keep our dogs inside because a lynx family was hanging out in his back yard. This was … Continue reading Lots-o-Lynx
SEASON 2 May 24-25, 2015 How crazy that we headed out for the first trip of Season 2 on our boat exactly one year from our maiden voyage . We live about two miles up a curvy mountain road, so pulling the boat up and down is no easy feat. We made it halfway down when Clark realized he had forgotten his wallet. Should we … Continue reading Boat Log 8
Friday, June 20th 2014 This was the trip I dreamed about when we bought the boat – the chance to take out my family who was visiting from the Midwest. It would test the boat with 10 passengers, but we ran the numbers and came in under the maximum weight. Our friends Brandon and Keri were on the water this day as well, and we … Continue reading Boat Log 4
Saturday, June 14, 2014 The day was a bit overcast, so we didn’t make the decision to go boating until after breakfast. Dad and Mom were here for a visit and we wanted to get out so we decided to give it a try. We all packed our rain gear and crossed our fingers that we wouldn’t need it. We saw Cliff and his dog … Continue reading Boat Log 3
Here is the second entry from our boating journal. It is hard to type these without adding anything but photos, and especially difficult not to edit! Friday, June 6 2014 Our 2nd excursion included friends from out of state: Lori, Zach, Kalea (10) and Emi (7) were here from Boston, and we were thrilled to share the boat! We hit the 11:30 tunnel to Whittier. … Continue reading Boat Log 2
I try to refrain from writing about the weather. Honestly, what is the point? It is what it is and we live where we live… so whatchagonnado? I was tempted to post a rant when a blizzard blew through in mid-May, littering our yard with half a foot of fresh snow that put Anchorage’s snow season at a record-breaking 232-day stretch. Are you kidding me? … Continue reading Super-cali-fabulous!
This weekend was the much-anticipated Homer Sea Week field trip.
We weren’t sure what to expect when our children’s school group planned a 3-day field trip over Mother’s Day weekend down to Homer, Alaska, which is a 4 – 5 hour drive from Anchorage (depending on road construction and which spouse is driving).
We certainly didn’t expect the majority of the school to make the trek, but trek we all did. Over 75% of us.
This weekend we headed to the Reindeer Farm near Palmer, Alaska for their Halloween Fun extravaganza. There was no way I was missing this event, since I’ve always envied the fall family festivals my Midwestern family and friends attend. They have a plethora of pumpkin patches to explore, while we are stuck digging through cardboard bins of squash at the local Fred Meyer. (As if … Continue reading Family Fun at the Farm
On Sunday Clark decided to take the kids hunting. A light dusting of snow had fallen the day before, so apparently the conditions were ripe for tracking without trudging. Clark has been dreaming about this day since the kids were conceived (probably longer) just as much as I’ve been dreading it. Don’t get me wrong: I’m grateful Sam and Maggie have a dad whose greatest … Continue reading Bunnies and Pachyderms