Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fishing and Beach Camping

Summer has been amazing here. great people and such awesome sunny warm weather. i am wearing sandals and dresses daily. Getting a tan, but no swimsuit wearing. My joke is you can tell an Alaskan woman if they have a halibut looking tummy. The bright white side of the fish....

So much fun stuff to do here, never a dull day. I am hardly home b/c its hard to be indoors after working indoors all day.

I went halibut fish on a charter for the first time and felt very sea sick for the first time. but i got 2 halibuts, which is the limit. They ain't no 100 pounders, but its all good. My arms were sore reeling in 250 feet.....I have yet to get salmon  though I tried to with a friend on a boat and that was fun and in the wrong river where they ain't running yet. Click here for those pix.

I also did my first tent camping this summer by the beach on the warmest beach day ever. no wind and no mosquitoes, a true miracle. So much to see walking on the beach. Click here for those pix. More fun coming soon. I am behind on my computer photo management :)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

McCarthy & Kennecott Mining & Glaciers - 4th of July

Last week I had a nice long weekend. I headed to Anchorage to meet up with a friend who was going on her annual 4th f July McCarthy visit. About a 6-8 hr drive. Very nice with a glacier on the way. McCarthy is a small, mostly seasonal town way off the road system.

It reminded me of Talkeetna young people working hard and having fun too. Lots of history with the old copper mining town nearby. Lots of dogs running around. Lots of musicians and drinking and mosquitoes. Now I remember why I like living by the breezy beach in Homer!
I got to walk to a glacier and a little bit on it. Almost met Steven Tyler from Aerosmith but it was just his former tour manager and ex girlfriend, who is from AK, with her new bf so no Steven Tyler to be seen :(

Went inside a historical old leeching plant before the rangers boarded it up as it is about to collapse and go on my first glacier lake/river rafting in 37 degree water. Even with a dry suit, you feel that cold penetrate through and my feet still got wet. It was fun screaming at the water. I was a little nervous of popping out since I have not rafted since Costa Rica two winters ago where I almost did not make it out of the river....

One trip in 4 nights made 2 cool albums: McCarthy and glacier river rafting pix, click here. Pix of Kennecott mining and glacier hike, click here.  I plan to stay in Homer for the rest of July at least, try to get on a fishing boat, see a local burlesque show and who knows what else this busy town has in store for little old me!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

June - Tutka Bay and Wedding

More and more i understand the phrase midnight sun. Not only is daylight still around by then but it was dreary all day and then around 9 the sunshine breaks out. totally throwing me off. instead of fighting it, I am working with the solar energy. sleeping late getting MY work done slowly. sigh. 
Earlier in June I got to visit Tutka Bay for kayaking, click here for those pix of oysters, barnacles and more. 
End of June I was invited to a wedding. I knew weddings in Homer would be interesting and could not miss out. It was a pagan wedding which I am sure has negative connotations to it but it's more earth based and anti-organized religion. Great creative family making their own dresses. The couple is in their young 20s but been together for years and very happy and loving. Click here for pix.   
Now June is complete, here's an album of random shots taken in June (eagles, clouds, fun town stuff) not listed in other albums. You can see that I have been a busy bee!
Happy 4th!