Monday, June 27, 2011

Boot Camp Alaska Style

Oh boy, in the two weeks and two days since I have been here we have walked, and walked and walked some more. 
There is a hike here where you climb Flat top mountain, it is rated as a moderate climb, which we thought maybe was do-able, seeing that my knee is still not super-duper, and my surgeon said no mountain climbing, moderate seemed within range.

It was a very wet, soggy day, and things get a little slick on the ground, there is alot of shale rock on the paths, and it can be tricky to walk on.  Spotted this flower on the way up, I still had energy to get out the camera.
Well, this was on the way back down, there was no way, lots and lots of slippery steps and rocky steep slopes.  I felt so disappointed in myself, thought wow, should be able to do this, but Doug was smarter then me and put a stop to it, so we went and ate pizza.  Found out later a soldier had fallen climbing that evening and had to be air lifted out, maybe before we leave this can be my Mt. Everest and we can get to the top, if not, thats okay too.
On Sat. we drove to Seward which is the most beautiful drive ever, next time will have to take pictures.  Seward sits in Resurection Bay and was established in the early 1900 as a gateway for the railroad.  If you drive to the end of the road, literally, you can hike the peak down to the bay.
This was tough too, Sofey and I held Doug up a bit, but it is a gorgeous walk, lots of up and up, and then lots of down, there were several of these walkways which gave you a bit of a break.
This is the view of the bay as you reach the top before you start going down, with my hinged brace I felt pretty confident that we could make it to the bottom, and then back up, it was just to beautiful not to see what was at the end.
This is what greets you when you reach the meadow at the bottom, breathtaking, and the water is soooo clear, and so cold.  The climb back up took a bit longer, even doug was worn out, would do it again tomorrow.

Does this not look like just what a fishing boat running through the bay to head into the harbour at Seward should look like?
Sofee wants to be a mush dog, dont know if the Iditarod is ready for that.
There is no good reason for this, other than there is a really cute quilt store here, and this involves wool felt and cutting things up.  When the man of the apartment came home and saw it he was like, hmmm, wow, thats like, what is it?  Answer, a candle mat, the kit said so.  Response, much laughter.
It has been along time, since I have tried to paint or draw, really not sure if its something that I should keep up with, but maybe I'll get better with more practice.  Or maybe theres alot more candle mats in my future, I see christmas presents.....
Selfishly, I consider this God's gift to me every night before sleep, this is what midnight looks like here, wish you all were here to share it.


Jessica said...

love the pictures! The candle mat is great! I would have a hard time resisting the wool too! I definitely think you need to start back up the drawing and painting. Can't wait to see what else you do!

Norma's Nonsense said...

Love the pictures of your walk. I think Sofee would be good at mushing..of course she probably could not touch the ground, the other dogs would be holding her up. I can see the picture in my mind. Love the candle mat, it makes sense! And glad you posted your paintings and drawings, you still got the touch....keep on.

Corinnea said...

Where do I start? So much goodness. First, remind me not to mess with you. I think you can take me.
Scenery? WOW. The midnight sun, I want to see so badly.
Love the lupine. We can't grow them here.
More sketching? Yes please. Maybe even a book about a corgi wanting to be a sled dog??? hmmmm??? think about it.
The candle mat is great. Gifts you say?

Joan's Good Life said...

Oh my! I don't even know how to say what I feel should be said.

First, the candle mat made me laugh. Not because it looks funny or anything like that. Just that... I would NEVER in a million years thought to make a candle mat and certainly nothing as pretty as that one!

Secondly, why you stopped drawing and painting is beyond me. I have a painting you did years ago and every time I see it, it makes me smile! Not just on the outside but on the inside! EVERY TIME! You have such remarkable talent! (YES! Yes you do.) and it's a crying shame to waste such a talent!

Okay, I'm done.

I love the Lupine and the scenery is stunning! Just... stunning!

Rhonda said...

love it all! and I think Corinnea has the best idea for your children's book ever. The Corgi who wanted to be a sled dog, best story line ever. Miss you.

Toyin O. said...

Great pictures and post.

Vicki said...

Hi Stranger! You sound like you're having fun! I'm glad. I always loved your paintings/drawings. They feel . . . warm and cozy.