|Low-hanging clouds over Turnagain Arm|
south of Anchorage, Alaska
Turnagain Arm has the second highest tides in North America after the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. At certain times, the tide can reach 40 feet and come in so quickly that they sometimes produce a wave known as a bore tide wave.
The bore tides are dangerous. Because of the quicksand-like mudflats which makes up the beaches along Turnagain Arm, hikers and animals like moose, get stuck in the mud, and then the tide comes in so fast, they drown.
Richard and I have been lucky enough to have seen the two bore tides in North America. The one at Turnagain Arm and the Bay of Fundy.
And the trip to Seward, we saw one moose on the roadside on our way to Seward. I think Richard and I wore out the gang. Brian and Samantha crashed in the van about an hour ago, and I just had Chase and Travis turn off their connections to the real world. :-)
This is Richard's favorite spot along the road next to Turnagain Arm. There is a huge rock on the other side of the railroad track. You can see some of it in the above picture. He loves to tell the story of something he did a few years ago that could have gotten us killed. Of course, he had too much fun with it to worry about something as stupid as dying.
Anyway, a few years ago when we were here, we were headed south on this stretch of road. As we approoached this spot, there was an older man taking pictures of a gal who held everyone's attention. She was posing like a high-powered model. As we got right next to them, Richard blasted our bus horn. The girl was sure the train had her. She jumped two feet in the air, then took off running. The old man shook his fist at Richard. I was screaming, "What in the name of all that is holy is wrong with you?" Richard proudly announces that the old man looked like he was having too much fun. Sour grapes. Sour grapes. Sour grapes.As soon as we pulled into the camping space, Richard dragged out his trusty satellite dish and commenced to looking for a signal. I took a handful of Tums and tired to stay out of his way. He finally relented and put it away and plugged in the cable which is available here at the park. Thank goodness it was time for Two and a Half Men or he would have still been out there declaring,"if we were on the other side of the campground it would work perfectly."
Until next time,