with over 20 years in this amazing place. it's never dull. i hope to enjoy years of exploration here.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
from totally warm and sunny to pouring rain...with a quake in there too
of course, i missed the quake. i must just be out and about and moving myself so i don't notice. i guess it was a 5.0 . not sure of anything besides that. half of these are from Powerline Pass-Hidden Lakes. the other half are part of the Byron Glacier hike.
today i did manage to get to the dog jog. the folks who run the non-profit, Friends of Pets. do remember Rio ( who was star) and i think it makes them happy to see that she is still out there and doing so well in the home they placed her in. success!! from running my own non-profit i can tell you it's always great to hear that you have helped in some way.
just did the mile with the dogs as i had Rio. she just gets tired and over heated.
i was up late last night. partly because i slept all day it seems yesterday and partly because i was deeply immersed in the book i was reading and no matter how sleepy you are some times when a good book calls you have to keep reading until the end. of course, there is always that bit of disappointment and sadness when it's over....you want more!! this one was called, "At The Waters Edge" so on to the next book
ran into some friends from the ER at the dog jog so chilled/walked with them. so bonus. some little kid seemed to take a liking to Rio and was asking about her. he apparently loves dogs and has done some research...was excited to add a few new breeds to his list of breeds he's seen live.
since i was again sleepy...i headed home for a bit of a nap. later i woke and took Blossom down to Point Worzonof for a walk on the beach. we got lucky and bald eagle #77 had found a dead salmon on the beach. he was pretty chill so we hung with him and i took some pics with my new lens. so far i'm enjoying it. much easier.
then i got some to do things checked off the list. much to Blossoms happiness i wasn't able to get dog wash checked off the list. haha.
the rain started coming down pretty hard this afternoon, but thankfully, it wasn't raining when i was actually walking.
i've heard that dogs can go on trains..hmm....so now i'm debating seeing if Rio can chill at home and i can take Blossom for a train ride. last minute may not go very well though. i really should be planning more this summer. such a slacker. if i don't do that i can always do one of the hikes that i've been wanting to do.
really need to prep for trip next week. write up a note for what pets will need.
will need to put some cash in the bag just in case i see some native crafts up there of interest. bargains can be had i hear.
bad year for marine mammals. several seal strandings, fin whales and walrus deaths out of Izembek National Park and Kodiak. Sealife has several seal babies they are working with and fish and wildlife are investigating the other mammal deaths.
should probably write to President Obama, he's coming here in late August. seems like we should let him know about the walrus and WARIS and Round Island. probably won't hear anything but may at least get a form letter...which is nice for our fledgling non-profit i think.
a few walrus had returned to Round Island to the entertainment of those watching them on explore.org.
it was so beautiful on Hidden Lakes trail that day. the flowers were wonderful and the skies blue.
Blossom wasn't sure why we lingered here so long, but she's always just happy to be outside doing anything.
some hikes are great in that you just get more for your work. in Alaska that is more common than not.
car talk was on as i drove home from the dog walk. even though the one brother passed away they still play the old classics. that show always makes me laugh...
the rocks up closer to the lakes are plentiful and covered with lichens
lichens are a combo of algae and fungi...i think i have that right. there are so many varieties of lichen. i have a big coffee table book of lichens. crazy how many there are out there.
and there is also fireweed up there. though the fireweed is quickly reaching the top...so winter is coming.
on the way back down.
coming back always goes much quicker. i was happy that i didn't feel exceedingly tired or sore coming back. always a good sign.
these switch over to Byron Glacier.
if it's pouring rain tomorrow it may be tough to get too motivated.
built a few cairns. they add perspective to photo's i think. plus it's always just relaxing to build them. takes some patience...especially with the wind blowing a bit as it was that day
great deal of snow melt this summer and last i'd say as well. with warm winters the snow back that often lasts all summer has melted back a great deal.
this trail is always pretty popular. easy walking to a glacier. not as easy to get close to the glacier anymore though. now it's a pretty high hanging glacier. still pretty and worth the walk.
Blossom enjoys it because there is plenty of water on a warm day.
did i mention there was a bear at the zoo. that doesn't sound strange...there are generally bears at zoos...but this one wasn't in a cage, he was apparently just visiting relatives. they had to close the zoo for several hours until the black bear was encouraged to vacate the premises. pretty funny actually
i had fun with this crack in the snow patch. made for interesting photo's i felt.
sometimes i can't decide if i prefer it in color or black and white. thoughts?
always prefer it with a little Blossom in it though. she's such a good girl.
here i am with Blossom. wind blowing a bit here. guess i will try to get more sleep than i did last night and hope that i get my arse moving tomorrow and have some fun out there.
thankful for: A. days when i get stuff done on the to do list. B. strolls on a beach....any beach C. ice cream with chocolate syrup, blended like when i was a kid. nummy treat tonight. :-)
have lived in alaska since 1995, lived in ketchikan for 6 years and here in anchorage since 2001. it's a wonderful place and i enjoy getting out nearly daily for a walk/hike/stroll or ramble. enjoy the pics