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I'm glad you found my place, take a little time to look around and I hope you enjoy the website and seeing some of the things I have made.
I have just started on this page and will be adding more about the trip later. The photos wont be in any kind of order.
This is one page that I don't know where to start. This trip was one of the most wonderful experiences my wife and I have ever had. The scenery was amazing, there's no words to describe it. When you look across the beautiful rugged countyside that goes on forever, it is almost a spiritual experience. The biggest surprise was the people. I have never met any people any where that are as friendly, welcoming and considerate as the folks up around Anchorage Alaska.
The entire time we were there and running around sightseeing, every single person we met was not only friendly, they treated you like you belonged there and not like a tourist. You always hear about southern hospitality and I was born and bred here in the south and have traveled it from one end to the other and I can tell you that no one can hold a candle to the people in Alaska for hospitality!
Here's some photos of the class, then the Anchorage air museum and then a bunch from sightseeing.
This is John Carrington, him and his wife Betty had us over for dinner one evening. Betty also took my wife sightseeing one day.
This lady cracked me up everyday by saying whatever was on her mind. She also gave me one of the most beautiful carvings I have even seen.
This is Doreen, she is the president of the scrollers club. Her and her husband Peter are a couple of the most fascinating people I have ever met. Peter took us on a tour of Anchorage's air museum the first day we were there.
This is Shirley working on her rose, Shirley and her husband Boyd put us up while we where there. Here's a bunch of photos from the Anchorage air museum and some of the float planes next to it. All aircraft and especially antique ones fascinate me.
The photos below are not in any particular order, just things we liked and took a photo of while we were running around.
This one is of Boyd and Shirley taking us 4 wheeler riding back in the boonies. Both of them are retired and Boyd wore me out every evening taking us sightseeing to around midnight. I always thought I was a active person, but I couldn't hold a candle to him.
Here we go riding into the boonies, I was really hoping we didn't meet a moose.
I took this photo below a little after 10:00pm on our way back to the truck.
Here's some we took on a quick trip up above Palmer to Eureka one evening after class.
John Carrington's wife Betty took Sharon out sightseeing one day while we were having the class. Here's a few from their trip. The ones below are from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters.
Betty and Sharon about to take a sled dog ride, not much snow on the trails in June.
Here's Sharon being a goofball at the Iditarod headquarters.
Another place they visited was a reindeer farm just north of Anchorage.
Another view of the valley where the reindeer farm is.
Just a few blocks from where we were having our class in Anchorage, these guys were fishing for salmon.
The photos below are of Beluga Point about 7 miles south of Anchorage on the side of the Seward Highway. There are several pods of beluga whales that run up and down Turnagain Arm. You never know when they will come by, but there are some rock outcroppings here where you can watch for them. You also have a great view of the mountains across the inlet and can watch the bore tides come in.
The bore tides are huge walls of water that come up the inlet about an hour after low tide. Father down the highway you can get a great look at the mud flats during low tide.
We were told not to get out on the mud flats because of how dangerous they are. Several people told us the story of a young woman who was drowned by the incoming tide in 1988, while surrounded by rescuers who were not able to get her out in time. The Girdwood Fire Department responds to reports of people stuck in the mud or stranded on the mudflats several times a year.
The photo below is a small iceberg we saw when we stopped at the Boggs Visitor Center in Portage Valley on our way to Whittier. The visitor center is about 50 miles south of Anchorage at the tip of Turnagain Arm.
Here's a few photos from around Portage Valley.
To get to Whittier from you have to drive through a tunnel that's around two and a half miles long. It's the longest combined rail and highway tunnel in North America and goes through Maynard Mountain.
I'll be adding more later