totem poles are so southeast alaska. i found i was forgetting the names of trails from 7 years ago that i frequented each day. i could tell which trail it was by the pictures...but the names...must be part of this lovely aging process.
a friend from ketchikan was in town these past few days. she actually has lived in homer for over 10 years now. alaska is a vast space, but also a small place. you cross paths with people.
the above totem house is at totem bight park. lots of tourists stop here as part of their cruise ship tour, this picture is taken in the winter. not many tourists come to ketchikan that time of year.
anyway, was thinking of ketchikan seeing my friend cathy and thought i'd scan a few more pictures.
cathy is headed back to homer, but we stopped for a little mini meal and chat before they headed off. she also got to meet up with scott, another friend from ketchikan that later moved here and worked with me at prov and now is living in cordova. he's in town this week working at the hospital across town.
the totems are beautiful and quite a sight to see anytime of year. i had another picture, but i guess it didn't get saved. i'll have to try again later. the totems all tell stories. i'm never good with details so i can't recall how one knows the stories, but always interesting.
above was a morning picture while out boat camping. a boyfriend at the time had a live-a-board boat and we occasionally took it out for fishing/camping adventures. this one morning was just so flat calm and peaceful. not sure you ever capture landscape...how do you take something so big and translate it on film. some can, occasionally i get lucky. so i love that this picture showed the tranquility of the morning.
i recall the tranquility changed later in the trip and i nearly smashed that boat into a million pieces along with possibly killing us all in an afternoon of bad weather heading back to ketchikan. the water and wind were sucking us into a big island/rock and i couldn't pull hard enough at the wheel to get us out. luckily, we were saved at the last minute (not by my hand) and i never drove that boat again. i guess it does give one a feeling of how difficult it can be to handle those boats in rough seas.
below are back to flying in misty.
below is taken from the kayak in walker cove of misty. those cliffs go straight up and there isn't any place to stop for several miles at times. it was a pretty amazing place to first paddle.
i guess it's officially solstice. it gets cloudy and rainy off and on, but then every day seems to clear up and it's beautiful out. i actually prefer a few clouds over a cloudless sky. they really make the landscape pop. i've had a few nice walks. went with friend jill to buggy kincaid. and up to prospect heights with kelly. i'm looking forward to upcoming trips. kelly and i are going to drive the denali highway. my brother, tom, gave me a gift card to rei for my birthday. i really could use one of those thule? car topper things for these road trips. he'd mentioned those cool new soft ones, but i'm in bear country so that won't work.