Saturday, August 31, 2013

Day 123--August 28, 2013

Stewart, British Columbia, Canada/Hyder, Alaska.
          I’m not even sure where to begin to tell you about these two places.  Richard and I made our first trip here in 2008.  The towns are about 40 miles off the Cassier Highway, but worth every minute of the narrow winding road.

          The economy of Stewart is supported by a varied range of industries including logging, mining and mining exploration and is destined to become a major port for distribution of ore and logs. Stewart offers a paved highway to major transportation routes, a salt water port which supports a barge terminal and bulk commodity loader. The Portland Canal is a mere 80-90 miles from the Pacific Ocean allowing ore and log ships to come from all over the world. Stewart also possesses an excessive amount of hydro power available for industrial use.  Two deep sea facilities are in operation, Stewart Bulk Terminals and the District of Stewart log storage and handling facility.  Space for considerable expansion exists at both facilities.

          So sayeth the welcome brochure.  I can tell you that the first time we visited, there was one heck of a lot of logs in water between the town and the fjords across the way.  This time, they are in the process of updating the facilities, so there were only a few lonely logs bobbing in the canal.

          Gold and silver mining dominated the early economy. Nearby Hyder Alaska, boomed with the discovery of rich silver veins in the upper Salmon River basin in 1917 and 1918. Hyder became an access and supply point for the mines, while Stewart served as the port for Canadian mining activity, which was centered on the town of Premier, which was accessed by a 14 miles (23 km) road from Hyder.

          To get to Hyder, you must drive through Stewart and then cross the Canadian border in to Alaska.  They don’t stop you going in because the US doesn’t have a border patrol.  When we were here before we were told stories by the locals in Stewart that Hyder was known as a place for people who wanted to get lost.  They have no police force.  One guy told us they have 2 fire trucks—one with brakes.  One without.  The one with always went ahead and the other ran into the back of it to stop.  Who knows if that is true or not.  I certainly wasn’t going to ask anyone because I couldn’t really tell the dangerous felons from the not-so-dangerous.

          We did ask a lady who owned an art and jewelry gallery wasn’t she afraid to have a store in a place where there was no police and no border patrol to stop unsavory characters from coming into her town.  She told us that she knew we had just come from Canada and we didn’t have a gun, but she did.  She had a very valid point, ‘cause them suckers make sure you don’t have a gun when you come into Canada.  Please refer to June 1, blog post.

          Hyder is called the friendliest ghost town in Alaska. 

          There are two major reasons why people go to Hyde.  One is the area is surrounded by majestic coastal ranges of mountains and the Cambria Ice Fields.  The ice fields, with numerous glaciers, provide some of the most breathtaking scenery in North America. 

          Also, Fish Creek gives us a great opportunity to view and take pictures of Alaskan Brown (grizzlies) and black bears.  The bears come to feed on chum and pink salmon which spawn in the creek.  Supposedly, you can watch the bears in their natural habitat.

            Richard and I have decided this is an elaborate scheme to “punk” the Wilson’s.  The first time we came here, we stayed 3 days and made 3-4 trips across the border (my favorite activity) to see the bears.  Not ONE time did we see any bears.  The people leaving and the rangers would say we were too late.  They’d been there and ate and had gone home to watch Two and a Half Men.  During the day, they would say to come back at 6:30 when the bears would be back for their evening feed.  No, they would have come at 4:00 and we missed them.  Didn’t the stupid bears have watches so they knew when they were supposed to be there?

          This trip, was the same thing.  Several trips over the border, and we never saw one bear.  Now remember that we crossed over, and even though the US had no one at the border, the Canadian’s did.  The officers would give us a friendly wave and off we’d go.

          Coming back was a whole ‘nuther cup of tea.  We had to show passports, driver’s licenses, and answer questions like what were we doing in Hyder?  Uh, looking for bear.  They’d ask if we were bringing anything back from Hyder with us.  Were they kidding?  There was nothing there to bring back—not even a picture of a bear.  I was tempted to say, well yes we did lob off a chunk of Salmon Glacier to take back to Florida with us.  But I didn’t.

          It was so weird.  We had seen 12 bears on the road into Stewart and then one on the way back to the Cassier Highway, but not one had a fish he was gnawing on.  The trip would have been a total loss except for Pursibal (I know I’m not spelling that right.  I could barely pronounce it).

          Anyway, this little fellow was a cute little white doggie who escaped from his owners and had the whole RV park in an uproar trying to catch him.  I think I actually heard old Pursey LOLing all over the place as about 10-12 elderly people moved faster than they probably had in many years.  They kept calling his name and it echoed off the towering mountains that surrounded us.  I would have been running too, if someone had named me Pursibal (?).  We watched for quite a while and when we left to go in search of bears feasting on chum, they were still chasing him.  It was so funny watching a streak of white skitter here and there almost like a phantom.

          Just a few stats—as of today, we have traveled 11,065.7 miles.  We’ve used 1481.5 gallons of fuel.  We’ve averaged 7.4 miles per gallon.  Please don’t try to figure that out.  You will hurt something.   And the stat I am the proudest of is I have had 9,736 hits on my blog.  Thanks everyone.  You’ve kept me connected to my home a long ways away.  Not much longer and we’ll be home.

One of many glaciers in Hyder Alaska

Morning mist in Stewart, BC

Richard on boardwalk waiting for Yogi and BooBoo to come by

Big blue heron in tree watching us watch for bears

Look what I have for you, Lizzy Long.  The old moose horns--
not the old moose.

Main Street
Hyder Alaska

Until next time,


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Day 122--August 27, 2013

One lane wooden bridge on the Cassier Hwy
held our 50,000 pounds just fine
         We left Jade City around 9:00 am and drove along a two-lane road for hours.  Beautiful scenery and long stretches of nothing but wilderness. 
Cassier Highway
More Cassier Beautiful scenery

          We’ve eaten quite a few of our meals in the bus, but once in a while I just want something different.
We stopped at a roadside café, store and post office.  Everything smelled so good I decided to sit down and order lunch.  I really wanted breakfast since it was well after noon and I hadn’t eaten yet, but we were too late for breakfast.  I ordered baked spaghetti with meatballs.  It came in a nice casserole dish, hot, covered with melted cheese and garnished with fresh blueberries.  Different, but very good. 

          I ate by myself while Richard went to the bus to have his usual lunch.  Sorry if I’ve already mentioned this, but trust me it never changes.  He had one thin slice of deli roasted turkey (no smoke, no honey baked, no peppered, just ONE thin slice of roasted turkey), 1 slice of Kraft American Cheese (individually wrapped, not deli sliced, no other variety).  The turkey and cheese are placed on one slice of bread spread with olive oil mayo, then he bends it in the middle and BAM!! folds that sucker in half, grabs him about a cup of cheese puffs and a glass of iced tea.  For dessert, he takes two Oreo cookies (count them, one, two) then places one Sausalito cookie between them and eats it like a cookie sandwich.  Just keep in mind, I am out here in the wilderness totally alone with this man.  I am a lucky woman, don’t you know?

          I put chicken thighs and legs with seasoning in the slow cooker.  A little while ago, I took out the chicken and added rice.  It should be done when we stop for the night, which shouldn’t be much longer.  I hope so, smelling that chicken cooking all afternoon sure does make a body hungry.

          We’ve had 12 bear sightings along the road today.  One mama had 3 cubs, another had two.  They almost got hit by a car that passed us at a high rate of speed.  Mama had one baby on one side of the road and the other on the other side.  She ran back to get the one and they almost got hit.  By the time we actually got to them, they were climbing the back side of a tree.  We did get a picture of one that ran in front of us and then went up the hill and looked back at us as if to say, “Nana nana boo boo.”  I shot him.  With the camera that is.

          We still have 2-3 days left in O! Canada.
Until next time,

Monday, August 26, 2013

Day 121--August 26, 2013

I’ve talked about the many, many lodges along the roads throughout Canada and Alaska.  They are never just a LODGE.  Oh, heaven forbid.  They remind me of something I heard comedian Ron White say one time.
I heard some of you gasp.  I know he has a filthy mouth, but for some strange reason, I don’t usually hear the curse words.  What I do hear are things coming from a mind that works like mine.  I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing, but I digress
Ron White once told of being on an airplane the size of a pack of gum.  Why this routine comes to mind every time I see a lodge up here in the far northwest is because Ron (pardon me--I feel so close to his way of thinking that I think we should be on a first-named basis) said where he took off from was the airport, hair salon, and tire center.
All the lodges up here serve multiple purposes.  For example, Eagle Plains Hotel-restaurant, lounge, gift shop, showers, service station, diesel, propane, aviation gas and JP4.  Very busy place.
Another one lists:  Fossil Hunting, flush toilets (my personal favorite), friendly bar,   breakfast for guests and brick-oven pizzas.
Alaskan Gifts—Ice cream—Health foods.
RV park-gas-car/rv wash-tire sales-tire repairs-oil changed.
BTW, the tire industry is BIG up here.  Tire centers are everywhere.  As a matter of fact, Canada has Canadian Tire Store.  They have many locations and are a big rival for Wal-mart and Sams.  They have anything and everything you can imagine.  Oh yeah, inside a small area of the ginormous store is where they deal with tires.
At the Gold Hill in Ester, Alaska-wines-meads-beer-Delta meats-moosetards & chips.  Drive thru coffee and sandwiches.
I believe there was a post office here too.
Burnt Paw, Tok, Alaska---Dog sled and equipment-cabin rentals-books.
Midnight Sun Emporium-Cuban Cigars-Yukon jewelry-moose hair tufting-mastodon ivory.
I have one more to tell you, then I want to tell you about one of the tours offered at one of the lodges.
The Other Place I think that was located in Otter Creek.  They had a small building next to the campground/fuel station/café/ hotel.  Inside that small building they have clerical services, gift shop and DMV.
Clerical services, gifts, DMV
Many lodges have tours by land, sea, or air.  My favorite is Bucket List Tours.  They can take you to Yellowknife, home of the Ice Road Truckers.  Fly with ice pilots aboard a vintage DC3 Buffalo (?) plane.  Cruise with local commercial fishermen.  Walk rare salt plains in Wood Buffalo National Park.  Lunch at Virginia Falls, which are twice the height of Niagara Falls.  Travel lands few people have ever traveled.
To my cousin, Sandy, I have signed you and me up for this when we come back in 2017.   Gather your fur-lined parka and Mukluks.  I’ll be coming for ya!!
Still in Canada.  Hopefully, only 3 more days and we will be in Washington State.  Just as a side note, last night we didn’t have any of the 3 things we need to keep our lives happy.  Tonight we have perfect Internet, but no phone and no television.
Moose cow on side of road between our camp and
Lyle's house
Until next time, (whenever that happens to be)

Day 120--August 25, 2013

          Don't pay the ramson--we've escaped.  After 30 hours of no television, no telephone and no Internet, we have arrived in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.  That's right.  We are back in Canada, and the good news is we were only detained at the Canadian Border for about 45 minutes. 
           It's been a long day.  We are 1,475 miles from going back into the lower 48 states.  It will take us 4-5 days.  I know that sounds like a long time to travel that far, but HURRY is not something you want to do going through Alaska and Canada.  Some people find it annoying, but I think it's God's way of making us slow down and truly look at the beautiful scenery.  I love every minute and every view waiting for us as we go around, up and over mountains.
          During our trip today, we saw a coyote that crossed the road in front of us.  We slowed down and watched it walk back into the middle of the road and watch us like he was giving us a piece of his mind. 
          Just a few yards passed the coyote, we stop to watch Tundra swams floating on a lake.  What a beautiful sight. The picture isn't very clear, but they were a long ways across the lake.
Tundra Swan

I don't know when we will have Internet again, but I'll post as soon as I have a way to do that.  I have a request.  Please work on cooling things off at home.  It is 45 degrees where we are now.  I won't make it through the HOT weather I keep seeing on television.

Until next time,

Friday, August 23, 2013

Day 118--August 23, 2013

          One of the things Alaska introduced me to in 1997 was express coffee shacks.  Think free-standing Starbucks in well . . . shacks.  Some are really rustic. Some are brightly colored.  Some are open most of the time.  Some are opened when they want to.
          Back then was when I was introduced to steamers.  You drive up to either side of the mini building, which usually sits in an abandon or active parking lot.  You order whatever coffee creation you want and the barista hands your hot or cold creation through a window.  You may also get a muffin as big as my head or a cinnamon roll as big as my a**.
          My favorite always was (and still is) a steamer.  They heat and froth milk and give it a shot of any kind of flavor you might like.  I like mine with honey or a shot of caramel.
          On this trip to Alaska, the number of coffee shacks is mind boggling.  They are everywhere.  They are decorated differently and have some of the most creative names imaginable.  I didn't actually take the pictures of the ones I'm posting here only because I never thought about taking pictures of them.  I just pull up to the window, order and anxiously await to feel the heat warming my hands and the flavor to ease over my taste buds.
A Cup on the Run
          Since it is only 8:45 pm here, I think I'll post this and get Richard to take me down to North Star Java for a milk and honey steamer.  It's a great sleep aid.
Jammin' Java

Tasha's Natte Latte
Peak a Brew

Java the Hut

Until next time,

Day 117--August 22, 2013

          Hi there everyone.  Yesterday we left my favorite town in Alaska.  Homer is the town I told you about a short time ago.  Our friend Lyle lives there. Since I knew Richard would be spending most days with Lyle, and since we didn’t have the Jeep with us, I had planned to walk the town and visit interesting bookstores, art galleries, gift and clothing boutiques and yummy cafes with some of the best gourmet food I’ve ever tasted.  Jeannie and I had done that when we visited Homer before and I wanted to do it again.  But, alas that was not to happen.
          For four days, it rained.  Definitely not like the rains we have back home in Jacksonville, but steady, cold rain, which fell onto the muddy, pothole-ridden road right outside our bus door.  Each morning, I looked outside to decide if I would brave the nasty weather.  Each day, I would say that I’d go tomorrow, but for that day I would sit in the bus, look out the windshield across a field of dying fireweed and over the bay to the mountains and glaciers.  I drank hot tea or coffee, wore by Duck-Duck-Moose PJ’s I’d bought somewhere along the way.  The rain pattered on the metal roof and I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  Each day, my desire to brave the cold, wet weather weakened, and my desire to just sit there and read or write or watch television or nap grew stronger.  Oh yeah, napping ranked right up there.
          So the moral of that story is, I took a vacation while I was on vacation.  Not sure how that happened, but I LOVED it.
          Oh, it did quit raining long enough for me to venture out long enough to have Richard take a picture of me with the view of what I was looking at out my windshield.
Me with Kachemak Bay in the background.
Until next time,

Friday, August 16, 2013

Day 109-111--August 14-16, 2013

          After three days of cleaning, washing, restocking supplies, half of a day in a repair shop for minor repairs and routine tune-ups (that's for the bus, not me), we arrived in Homer.  This is my second trip to Homer.  If I had to pick, I would say Homer is my favorite town in Alaska.  It's grown a lot in five years.
          Homer has several nicknames.  One is The End of the Road and the Halibut Capital of the World.  We were told that a lot of the seafood from the Deadliest Catch television show is sold out on the Homer Spit. Dutch Harbor were the fishermen from the show work out of is located on the Aleutian Islands south of Homer, not reachable by road.
Kahemak Bay and the Homer Spit
Taken in 2008 on a sunny day
          For this visit, we came back to the same campground where we had stayed in 2008.  Our bus is only about 50 feet from the water with a field of fireweed.  BTW, the beautiful bloom as reached the top of their stalks.  Remember I said that is what the Native Alaskans use to know when summer is over.  I use it as a guide to know it is time to get the heck out of here before the snow starts to fly.

          Looking straight out my windshield I should be seeing the beautiful Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains with some glaciers right across the bay.  Unfortunately, fog rolled in last evening when we arrived and, that and rain has been going on all day.  I haven't even left the bus because it is nasty.  We will only be here a few days.  I hope it clears up enough for me to visit some of the craft shops, book stores, and bakeries.  Everything is close enough for me to walk while Richard visits with Lyle West.  He lives up on the hill above our campground.
          Since I haven't been out yet, I thought I'd post an excerpt from my 2008 blog when Jack and Jeannie Dickson was here with us.
          July 7, 2008–Monday, Jack had the oil changed in his motorhome in preparation for their trip back to the lower 48 on Thursday.  By noon, we were on our way to Homer.  None of us have ever been there so we weren’t sure what to expect.  We arrived around 3 in the afternoon. 
          What a beautiful place!!!  I love one of their mottos--It’s a quaint little drinking town with a fishing problem.
           Homer is located on the Kenai Peninsula on Kachemak Bay.  Across the bay are the Kenai Mountains with several glaciers spilling into the bay from the Harding Ice Field.  The town’s most noted feature is the Spit, a 4.5 mile long gravel bar which extends into the bay.  That’s where Homer’s harbor is located.  The 92-year-old gentleman, Lyle, who took the guys dipnetting out of Chitina lives in Homer.  He is in Fairbanks until Wednesday evening processing the salmon he and his gang caught during the fishing trip.
          We were told that if we drove to the end of the road, when the pavement ends, keep going and we would eventually come to a Russian Village.  We went down a God-awful road, single lane, mud and rock.  We came to a place where there were several cars parked.  The road went on, but it was almost straight down drops.  We parked and Richard and Jack walked a little ways down the road.  When they came back, they told us they had talked to a couple of young women who were driving out from the village.  They were married to Russians who lived there and were dressed in native garb reminicient of the Amish.  Their dresses and scarves are made from very pretty material. 
          They said we could drive down to the beach and we’d be able to see the 40 or so houses in the village, but it was posted no trespassing and we couldn’t enter.  We discovered that some of the cars parked where we were belonged to village residents, but the cars didn’t have 4-wheel drive so they couldn’t be driven to thevillage.  The other cars belonged to people who had decided to hike down to the beach.
          So, we decided to make the drive down.  We passed several people who where gasping for breath as they climbed the (I’m guessing here) 20% grades.  We went a long way down, rounding switchbacks, dropping into the depths of what felt like and could possibly have been, the bowels of hell!!
          Suddenly we came to a place where you could switch back to the left or round a blind bend to the right.  We chose the right only to encounter what appeared to be a straight drop over a cliff.  By this time my equalibrium was spinning and I begged to get out of there.  After about a 6 point turn around, which Richard did with great expertise, we drove back up to the place where the other cars were parked.  There we compared a few notes with survivors of the trip down the mountain and we drove back to Homer, vowing to never try that again.
Until next time,

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Day 108--August 13, 2013

          Well, maybe I will blog tonight.  Richard and I planned many things for our family to see and do while here with us.  Now that they are gone, I keep thinking of other things we could have done, but there is only so much you can do in a day.
          We didn't make it to the Anchorage Zoo, but they have a live camera on during the day where you can go on the Internet and watch the polar bears play.

Live polar bear camera
          We could have taken the family to the Alaska Wild Berry Company.  There they have a 20 foot chocolate "Waterfall."  It is believed to be the largest of its kind in the world.  Using an idea conceived by Alaska Wild Berry Products' owner Peter Eden, Homer artist Mike Sirl designed and built the waterfall.  It contains 3,400 pounds of real liquid chocolate donated by Peter's Chocolate division of Nestle Foods and Guittard Chocolate Company.
That is liquid chocolate pouring from each of
the kettles high on the wall into a vat at the bottom.
 It's an amazing sight.  The whole place
smells like chocolate.
          I bought a small jar of fireweed honey.  If I like it, I'll pick up some more to take home to have with my tea.
          Across the street is a great restaurant we'd eaten at several times before.  It's called the Sourdough Mining Company.  If you are there during the evening meal, there is a show in a tent next door to the SMC.  When you eat there, you are given admission to the Dusty Sourdough show.  It's a neat show.  We didn't watch it tonight, but we have seen him on a couple of other occasions.
          Richard had Chicken fried Chicken with a pile of mashed potatoes you almost need climbing boots to get around.  I had a beef brisket and pulled pork combo with sweet bbq sauce, au jus, horseradish sauce, corn on the cob and a baked potato Paul Bunyun couldn't eat in one sitting.  I ate a lot and then packed the rest up to bring home.  Richard picked it up and almost lost it all in the floor.  He said, "Good heavens, did you stick your beer mug in the box, too?"
Strips of beef, shredded pork, part of a corn on the cob,
half of a baked potato, two sourdough rolls (We already ate two)
and all the sauces in the lid.
          I could say this is an unusually big serving, but it isn't.  Everywhere we go, the portions are meant for miners and mountain men getting ready for a long, hard winter.  I've been here so long, I think I could join them.

Until next time,

Day 106-107--August 11 & 12, 2013

          These last two days have been  ffffaaaasssstttt moving.  Almost as fast as the swift waters of the Kenai River that runs in front of our bus.
          Even though it has rained everyday since Tiffany arrived, we were still able to do things we had planned to do.  We didn't get to walk through the Russian Village in the City of Kenai, but we did drive through it.  Since it was Sunday, the little cafe was closed.  They serve gourmet sandwiches and wonderful bakery goods like Hawaiian Carrot Cake which is to die for. 
Veronica's Coffee House Menu

          We settled for McDonald's which made everyone happy since we hadn't seen anything resembling a fast-food place in a few days.
          Back at the campground in Cooper Landing, Tiffany and Jey went for a boat ride down the Kenai River.  The rain never let up, but they still had a good time.  Saw no bears, but lots of eagles.
Tiffany and Jey ready for float trip

And they are off.  They are on the left side of the boat
facing toward us on shore

           While Richard and Drew went to pick them up, Ty helped me set up for Drew's 7th birthday party.  His isn't until the 23rd, but that is close enough for Grandma to want to celebrate with him in Alaska.  He was so surprised and excited.
Happy early birthday, Drew.  That smile says it all.

          On our way back to Anchorage for them to catch their plane home, we stopped at two places we didn't get to go to on our way to Seward because of the rain.  BTW, sun is out.  First time in six days.  We made a quick trip back through the wildlife reserve hoping the bears were out.  They were.  So they boys got to see two brown bears and two black bears.  Jey grabbed a reindeer sausage at the snack shop.  He said it tasted like regular sausage. 
          We took them through the Whittier Tunnel.  While they went through the gift shops and got ice cream, I moseyed on over to my favorite fudge shop, bought my little piece of maple nut fudge, went out to the picnic table that overlooks the Whittier harbor on Prince Williams Sound.  I talked to my friend Vickie back in Jacksonville.  Soon I heard the boys chattering as they were walking up the street toward me and PaPa was following behind in the van.  Our time in Whittier was over.  We had to make the trip through the tunnel then or wait another hour for the traffic pattern to reverse.
Beautiful blue iceberg in water near Whittier Tunnel entrance.

          Their plane was supposed to leave at 8:30, but didn't take off until 9:01.  The boys had a big day and I figure they'll sleep most of the way home.  At least I hope so because Mom and Jey were worn out too
Until next time,

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Day 104 & 105--August 9-10, 2013

          We are having so much fun and, with all the things we are doing and seeing, time is going way too fast.
          Yesterday, we arrived in Cooper Landing.  After we got settled, we went for a drive and then ended up at the Princess Wilderness Lodge where we ate dinner, and the gang threw some darts.


          The boys have played in kids matches.  They are pretty good.
          Today we ate breakfast at the Gwin Roadhouse.
Drew eating his sourdough pancakes
Happy fellow

We gathered the gear for salmon fishing in the Russian River.  It's really a lot of fun watching the young ones wading out about 10' into the water, cast their lines, and hope for the big one.  They didn't catch anything, but they had fun.

Tiffany, Jey, Drew and Ty headed out to catch the big one

We stopped for lunch at a artisan pizza hut.  I thought it was really good and I bought pizza dough to make S'mores Pizza for dessert for tonight  Everyone thought it was yummy!!

Jey, Drew, Ty and Tiffany waiting for pizza to be delivered
at the outside picnic table.
Jey eating pizza

Tonight we went for a ride to Rainbow/Russian Lakes.  Very pretty place.
Rainbow/Rusian Lake
Tiffany with Drew's Moose hat.  LOL
Two of my favorite pictures
Drew and Ty with the puppies

Drew and Ty filling a big seat
Until next time,

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Day 103--August 8 Part 2

          I've had several people ask if the fish that Ty caught was dead.  No, not only wasn't it dead, it was jumping and splashing.  They were sort of trapped in a small section of the stream.  There were several of them in there.  He reached down into the water and snatched it up by the tail.  If you look closely it is flopping while Ty is holding him.  Also, look closely in the water you can see other red fish there.

Day 103--August 8, 2013

          The rain stayed away all day.  It was jacket weather, but not really cold and wet like yesterday. 

There are the highlights of the day.

Sea Life Center
Drew, Richard and Ty at
Alaska SeaLife Center
in Seward Alaska

Ty and Drew watching a sea lion play in the water

Drew and Ty in front of jelly fish

Exit Glacier, Seward, Alaska
Ididaride, Seavey Dog Sled Tours

Drew and sled dog puppy

Ty and sled dog puppy.  These are the same dogs all four of our
kids have gotten to see.  When Brody was here they were 2 weeks old.
Now they are 8 weeks.

The gang on the dog sled going through the forest.

Until next time,

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Day 102--August 7, 2013

Sea Lions--they are huge and can weigh up to 2,400 pounds
          Rained ALL day.  Nasty weather all around, but we still had a pretty spectacular day.  I went with Tiffany and her gang on the wildlife cruise and Fox Island experience.  This is the 4th trip our family members have been on this cruise in the last 5 weeks.  The first three saw all kinds of whales.  My 9-year-old grandson, Ty, wants to be an Ocra trainer.  I have only seen one whale in all my years of whale hunting.  Today, we didn't see not ONE whale.  I was more disappointed than Ty was not to have seen one, but we saw sea lions, beautiful 40 pound sea otters, hundreds of jelly fish, all different colors.  Eagle, kittywakes, Puffins, and many other birds. 
Sea otters lounging around Prince William Sound
They put rocks on their chests so they can pound crabs
against them and crack them open.
Ty and I lounging around Prince William Sound
          On Fox Island, we had an all-you-can buffet of salmon, prime rib, and king crab legs.  Even though it was raining and cold outside, we were nice and warm inside the boat.  Fox Island is about an hour ride from Seward and once was home to one of several fox farms which thrived from 1917 to 1941.  Farmers grew foxes and shipped their blue or Artic fox furs to London and Paris and red fox furs to the United States.  For some reason the American women preferred the red fur.  Go figure.  I would think the blue would be prettier.

Here's some pictures on the return trip:        

My moose buddy, Drew resting after his big adventure

Ty searched all day for Shamu, but never found him.

Tiffany and Mr. Jey
Picture taken by Drew
Until next time,