Just Another Scenic Sunday 5-18-14

Driving through British Columbia and Yukon Territory is like breaking into a zoo after hours and tearing down the fences. Animals roam everywhere, seeming to prefer the middle of the Alcan highway.  It helps to break up the monotony of the 40 hours of driving it takes to make it from Seattle to the Alaskan border.

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WE LOVE VISITING CANADA!
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Caribou wandering about…
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Big Daddy Stone Sheep…
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Stone Sheep
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Little Baby Stone Sheep!!! Could they BE any cuter?
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Yep, still cute!
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Hundreds of bison roam along the highway….
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Big Ol’ Bison
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Scraggly black bear!
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Blackie
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Elk are very curious!
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Almost missed the shot of this beautiful black wolf in Yukon Territory. Snapped this through the window, then stopped, got out of truck, lined up to take another shot, and he disappeared into the woods while I lined up. Fantastic.
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Only one moose the entire way through Canada!
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Caribou
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Caribou Crossing

Just Another Scenic Sunday 3-9-14

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Abandoned Mine

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Carlsbad Caverns
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Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico
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Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico
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Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico
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A Friendly Mule along the way…
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I took 1264 pictures of the Utah desert…this pretty much sums up how cool it is.
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Somewhere in Utah
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And more Utah
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Love all the old buildings here in Utah
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Right…like anyone is going to pay attention to the foreboding sign over the door…
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I love how these trees thrive despite the obstacles.
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Sent the husband up on this rock to dig a bone out from between the cracks…it’s a whole big bone story…
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Cacti…
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We hiked to the top of this mountain…no trails hikes are the best.
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We visited some ghost towns and the kids noticed most of the headstones are of children.
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The kids really respect the cemeteries…I’m so glad of that.
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What’s of some of these towns from more than 100 years ago.
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Silver Mine Kilns I think…
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Impressive amount of work went into building these structures that lasted so long.
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The boys LOVE the rock hounding.
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Acres and acres of this at these old town sites.

Just Another Scenic Sunday 2-16-2014

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Cutie Birds on the Boardwalk
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SISTERS!
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Sunset Pelican
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Steven Skates the Bowl
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Luke…the reason they make helmets…
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Robin wanted to try skating…
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But her skateboard didn’t want to play…
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Anthony HAWK rides again…
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Anthony Hawk…trying to live up to his namesake
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And not quite making it…
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No Riley’s participated in the making of this awesome sand castle…
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Valentines Day evening on the beach…
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SURF OR DIE!!!
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Cute puppy on the beach!
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Yep…another bird.
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Mya carrying my backpack…
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Lunch
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Shell?
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Mya threw this fish back into the water to save it…and this guy scooped it up right in front of us.

Just Another Scenic Sunday 2-9-2014

HUGE Scenic Sunday full of BIRDS! And some Dolphins. And other stuff too.

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Dolphins leading the ship from the harbor…
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Dolphins SO cute!
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And look, there they are again!
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Me, the husband, and this beach to ourselves all day long…
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Enough garbage washed up on this beach to fill a landfill. It was 99% plastics and pretty sad.
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The whole beach, for miles, is lined like this.
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This clam is happy it’s almost Valentines Day…
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TONS of starfish…
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Who thinks this pier looks like a scene from Zelda?
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And when the boat came through the fog to get us…we were a bit disappointed.
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Fellow survivors!
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Steven loves the sand!
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Them are some long legs.
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Pretty, yes?
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And away!
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Along came a black bird…
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RUN!
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Grumpy Guy….
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He seemed a bit aggressive…
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Close up
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And this is when he charged….
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Take off
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How YOU doin’?
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These guys were huge.
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They don’t want to share with the fishermen…
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Look how big he is! This fellow was putting on a show for us.
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Ya put your right foot in…ya put your right foot out…
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There’s only room in this bed for one dog…
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The Birds.
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And some more birds.
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Turn to the RIGHT…
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And some more birds…
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Guess what…birds!
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I love the way they all face into the wind.
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Cuties.
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Collisions.
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And this is seconds before I got an ear full of salt water.
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And one last picture of…birds.

Just Another Scenic Sunday 01-19-2014

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Kids in front of Downtown Disney, drooling and wishing they were inside. We’ll go before we return to Alaska in the spring.
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Prickly tree near Knotts
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Mya being a puffer fish
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The Boys at the pool at Knotts Berry Farm
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Billy plays spring board for Robin
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Billy and Robin doing tricks
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Riding the roller coasters at Knotts Berry Farm
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Roller Coasters at Knotts
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Our favorite ride…the rafting trip!
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Rafting Ride
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Mya being a ‘lady’…
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Anthony being a ‘ladies man”…
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Billy’s arrival…reuniting with his cat, Fraidy…
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Grand Canyon, looking poised as always…
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This Six Door at the Grand Canyon…
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What ALL OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA…NEW MEXICO…AND TEXAS LOOK LIKE!
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Found this heart trunk tree while rock hunting up a dry river bed…
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Mya making dinner tonight….
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The kids loved the sites in L.A.
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Brotherly love…
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The Flinstone park near the Grand Canyon…
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Tombstone, Arizona
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Sometimes in the desert, the wind blows…
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Robins near-death-experience at the Grand Canyon (Disclaimer: no children were injured during the making of this picture…)
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Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon
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Cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona
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Cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona
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Tombstone, Arizona
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1300 miles from California to Texas…

Just Another Scenic Sunday 01-05-2014

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Placerita Canyon, California at the “waterfall”. Not.
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Kids had their FIRST ICE CREAM TRUCK EXPERIENCE! And learned about false advertising…
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Went swimming the day after Christmas…that’s just weird.
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Kids and cousins sporting their “Grammy Jammy’s”!
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Robin
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We took a subway at Union Station in downtown L.A. That was an experience…
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Universal Studies “City Walk” We couldn’t afford to go inside…so we walked around outside and gawked. hahaa
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Outside Universal Studios wishing we could afford to go inside. haha
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This is what teenagers do…. SELFIES!
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This is what I do.
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Red Rock Canyon, California.
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Boo boo and Luke and Red Rock
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The family hiking at Red Rock. We don’t like trails…
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Discovering a cactus…
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Discovering why you AREN’T SUPPOSED TO TOUCH THE CACTUS!
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Robin at Red Rock
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Mya, Bagel and Luke hiking at Red Rock
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Flower down on Olvero Street in L.A.
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Union Station, L.A.
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You don’t see veggie bins like this in Alaska!!!!
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The husband turned OLD. Robin filled his bed in the trailer with balloons…and a plastic snake. Bwahahahahhahaa
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Luke got a haircut from somebody besides Grandma and didn’t like it one bit.
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Luke sleeps in a zoo.
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We splurged at a crab shack this week at Ventura Beach. I pigged out.
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Crab plates…we can’t afford to eat the rest of the week, but it was fun. 😉 ha
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Steven at Ventura, CA beach
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Ventura Harbor
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Sparklers…and playing with the exposure time.
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Ventura Beach…Mya makes faces at the camera. It’s what she does.
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Steven at Ventura Beach
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Luke lounging in the surf.
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This shows the boys personalities. Luke is drenched…Anthony is trying everything NOT to get wet.
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Anthony at Ventura Beach.
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And the surf snuck up on him…I totally saw it coming.
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And finally, he’s wet.
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I TOLD you Mya makes faces at the camera…
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These boys are so happy.
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Discoveries in the sand.
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And we all got a ‘contact high’ standing next to this truck…
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Ventura Harbor
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Ventura Harbor

 

Just Another Scenic Sunday 12-15-2013

This week we traveled over to Reno, spent two nights at Circus Circus in their mid-week absurdly cheap rooms, then we headed down the 395, eager to get out of the city. We camped two nights and spent three days between Reno and Mohave, landing tonight in a hotel because seriously….we were filthy and tired. Too tired to post more than pics…but then again, it is just a Scenic Sunday.

THIS WEEK WE…

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Were busted by hotel security while descending 22 flights of stairs…
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Discovered Robin is super good at the Jump Rope game…
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Learned how to feed a family on appetizer plates…
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Enjoyed life in a pop-up trailer…
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Snapped pictures of the girls sleeping…
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Found some friendly horses…
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And wished they were ours….
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Luke at the Laws Railroad Museum
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Robin, Laws Railroad Museum (which we LOVED LOVED LOVED)
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After three days of camping…we NEEDED this.
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What trailer life is REALLY like…
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Laws Railroad Museum
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Laws Railroad Museum
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Horse Nose…just because.
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Random Horses
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Laws Railroad Museum
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Laws Railroad Museum
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Laws Railroad Museum
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Anthony has a thing for hearts…
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At the Japanese Internment Camp….which we LOVED to visit and learn from.
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Manzanar (Loved this place)
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More History education this week than all last school year. Love it.
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Somewhere near Lonepine, CA
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Remnants of the past at Manzanar National Park
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Boys were enthralled with this dried up drainage bed.
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Walking the barbed wire fence at the internment camp.
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Memorial stone at Internment Camp
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Cemetery at Internment Camp
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Father and Son
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Robin, WHINE, Snivel, It’s TOOO HOT!
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Dome at Fossil Falls
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Luke and Fossil Falls
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No, this picture is NOT upside down. Robin, Robin, Robin…
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Luke, Fossil Falls
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Somewhere south of Lone Pine, CA
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The scary road the Ancient Bristle Cone Pine Forest
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A Bristle Cone Pine, ancient tree….so cool to stand among these.
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Sun at Ancient Forest
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Six Door at the Ancient Bristle Cone Pine Forest
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At Manzanar
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Down in the rocks at Fossil Falls

Just Another Scenic Sunday 12-18-13

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Cousin, Mary….”I dare you to take me out of this sink…”
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I can’t stop taking pictures of Mary…
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COUSINS!!!!
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Bagel and Beezie are SO happy to be be out of the truck!!
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Booboo…FREE AT LAST!
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Enjoying the beach, despite the snow!
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“Put me back in that truck and see what happens…”
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Mya and her babies…
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Luke on the beach…
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Anthony on the beach…
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Mya enjoying quiet time with her dogs…
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Robin and Beezie…
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Bagel
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Snow angels in the snow/sand…
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Snow/sand angel

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Discount wine…
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Sister time with Mya and Heather…
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THRIFT STORE SHOPPING!!!
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My beautiful cousin Mary!!!!
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When you tell a two-year-old to smile…
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Anthony and Heathers man, Andrew playing Wii U. Who’s having more fun?
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Tillamook Cheese Factory…
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Popup trailer getting smaller by the day…
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Boys at the Beach for…
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Our gracious hosts and old friends, Larry and Patti, when we broke down in Pacific City, Oregon.
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Luke making friends with a deer…

Just Another Scenic Sunday 8-11-13

Apparently we only have Sundays about once a month this summer…either that or I’ve just been TOO BUSY TO SIT AT THE COMPUTER! Probably, it’s the latter. But here’s a glimpse of the past few weeks.

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Our trucks long lost rich relative tracked us down in Anchorage…
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Bizarre lighting in the snow up above Portage area…
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http://www.alaskawildlife.org/ Moose at Alaska Conservation Center
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http://www.alaskawildlife.org/ This girl/guy was like a statue.
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Bird On A Wire
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Take off!
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I love the velvet on the antlers…..and these look like creepy scary hands!
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I wonder if he gets headaches…
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Fishing boats waiting to come in with the tide off Ninilchik, Alaska
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Luke…well…he likes goggles. Alot. We just go with it…
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Ninilchik Beach
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Ninilchik, Alaska beach
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Robin being ‘blown away’….or is she?
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Bear at wildlife center. http://www.alaskawildlife.org/
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Bear at wildlife center. http://www.alaskawildlife.org/
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http://www.alaskawildlife.org/
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The husband can ride a wheelie FOREVER. He’s the coolest 42 year old in Jr. High…
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Blurry moose…but still cute.

Alaska Photos

Just Another Scenic Sunday 6-23-13

Since I’ve neglected Scenic Sunday for a while…this is a super-sized version with several weeks all wrapped up in one! Lucky you!

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Anthony built himself a folding ladder…

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The girls finally finished the fire pit…
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And we used the heck out of the fire pit…
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Pluto hit her “terrible two-weeks”…
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Billy brought his new pup over to play…
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We milked the goats every day…
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Neptune and Pluto somehow got ever more cute…
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We transplanted a bunch of raspberries and strawberries…
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Beezie got too big to cuddle…
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Life in the cabin…
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Luke had an ‘incident’ on his bike…
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And we took a trip to the hospital…
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Luke takes his mosquitoes very, very seriously…check the ski mask and goggles…
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My dad began to install my power system…
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We hit 80 degrees…and I melted.
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The cabin is beginning to look liveable.
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And then the sun went away and the wind returned…
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My chick found a new panda mother…
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Robin has a rainproof jacket…filled with creek water. And Anthony doesn’t want to get wet…
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Steven and Luke ALWAYS want to get wet.
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We acquired four orphaned kittens with their eyes barely opened.
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We went to basketball camp in Homer and I got to walk the docks…
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Not exactly what I meant by, “Go int he litter box”…
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Abby got hold of my favorite chicken, Gonzo…
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So cute..
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Walked the beach…
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Seagulls can be pretty too…

 

Just Another Scenic Sunday 5-26-13

This week Destini spent some time in Portland with my oldest daughter, Heather…the snow finally melted at the cabin and we started our summer of work (disguised heavily as play)…and I continue to fall madly in love with our new baby goat Pluto.  I never thought I’d be one of those goat people…I’ve crossed a line somewhere along the way.

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I. Love. This Goat.

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Look, kids who look like ME! Destini and Heather
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Robin wielding an ax as usual…
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The kids starting to dig out the new fire pit area we are building…

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Carrying all my ‘kids’ in the back of the Tracker…

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Grilling over the fire…

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Anthony’s latest building complex…

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Temporary goat housing until we can start on the barn…

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Mya and Robin digging out the fire pit…
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You see why I’m in love?

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Robin flipping out…

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Pluto being precious…

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No, you are not seeing things…Pluto was literally bouncing up the wall…

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Destini…glad to be back home…
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Luke defies gravity…

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Robin also defies gravity…

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We don’t have ‘beach volleyball’…we have dirt volleyball…

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Three on three…

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New babies…

 

 

 

Just Another Scenic Sunday 4-21-13

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Eagle hovering over dead fish in Ninilchik, Alaska
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Take off
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The eagle has landed
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This moose has just about demolished my rose bushes
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Steven found the invertebrate plate of a whale on the beach tonight. It’s the size of a dinner plate.
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Beach Boys…
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Seagulls in Ninilchik, Alaska
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Steven on the beach in Ninilchik, Alaska
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Homer, Alaska sunset
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Homer, Alaska sunset
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Homer, Alaska
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Looks edible…no?
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Anthony proving that yes, white men can jump…

 

A Moostacle Course!

We spent most of the day trapped in the house by two friendly bull moose who just don’t realize that next Fall, they may be dinner.  The mistake is, when they are babies they are so darn cute that we just ignore them…don’t try to scare them off. Well eventually they grow up and become, well, a bit intimidating at the front door.

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Aurora Borealis March 2013

Robin and I trudged through the cemetery in Ninilchik, Alaska in the week hours of the night on St. Patrick’s Day 2013 to achieve these pictures.  The auroras were floating directly above, to the north, south, east and west. They were everywhere. Robin lay in the snow on her back, reaching her hand up to see if she could touch them…they felt that close.7880

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More Winter Beach With Kids 2013

Battled the wind in Homer, Alaska to snap this immature eagle devouring a sea otter carcass today.
Battled the wind in Homer, Alaska to snap this immature eagle devouring a sea otter carcass today.
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Destini’s cell phone pics…. I totally look like her baby in a backpack.

 

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What I look like pretty much ALL THE TIME.

 

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Me and Destini being cute.

 

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Sun setting around 8 p.m. this time of year and getting later every day.

Ninilchik, Alaska Beach Of Winter

Six of the kids on the beach...
Six of the kids on the beach…

 

The kids and I made an evening trip to the Ninilchik Beach today under the false pretense that Spring was just around the corner and the sun that shone so brightly might ACTUALLY BE WARM!!!   We walked briskly, snapped quickly, and jogged back to the truck with frozen hands and toes. We’ll give it another month and try again…or maybe tomorrow. 😉

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Destini getting her Zen on…

 

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Ninilchik Beach at Sunset March 13 ,2013

 

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Mya on beach…

 

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Sunset

 

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Luke on beach

 

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Destini with her normal face…

 

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Robin with glasses of ice…

 

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Ice Sunset on Ninilchik Beach, March 13, 2013

 

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Destini and Mya on beach…

 

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Ninilchik, Alaska beach in winter…brrrrrr
Beezy playing in the snow…

 

Ice on the beach….

 

A rare sighting of a bull, mama and baby moose…

 

Bull in the back yard…

 

The boys loving art lessons…

 

Boys trying on their new beard hats gifted them by a wonderful blog reader…

 

Anthony’s first oil painting lesson with grandma…

Just Another Scenic Sunday 9/30/12

This weeks Scenic Sunday is created entirely by Robin Riley, age 15.  This summer Robin set her sights on a camera and did what it took to get it.  She babysat, cleaned house, and begged to save the $600.

And you can see here why she was so eager to get her hands on it.  The girl has skills!

 

 

Just Another Scenic Sunday 8-12-2012

Found a couple of caribou on the side of the road...
Attended Salmon Stock at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds...
Worked on the floor and wall boards for the cabin...we have almost sawmilled enough boards to finish floor...
Moved the chicken/goat house from the old house...
Pushed the chicken/goat house into it's new location...
Transported chickens via boxes/tubs at 1:15 a.m...
(the chickens were not impressed with the move...)
Discovered Bagel sleeping in the firepit...
Found Anthony with improvised sunglasses...
Pulled some quills from the dogs faces and feet...
Met some very cool blog reader ladies who built this Tiny House!

 

Just Another Scenic Sunday 5-14-2012

Had a wonderful Mother's Day evening with new friends...

THIS WEEK I MY LIFE I…

Got some pretty good shots of this young eagle carrying food...
And then discovered what he was carrying...was somebody's cat...
Took the small boys up the the property for some cookin'...
Had some senseless fun...
Found out the bees are building honey comb...
Let the boys look inside the bee hive...
Dug and outhouse hole...
Found a big (by South Central Alaska standards) tree on our property...
Met this little beauty...
Sent Billy and a friend off to do some camping...
And finally, late into the night....got some peace and quiet.

Just Another Scenic Sunday 05-06-2012

Startled a flock of geese...more than once.

This week in my life I…

Wondered if Luke knows he is small...
Watched Anthony fall in love with Norman Lowell's art...
Watched Anthony pan for gold at the beach...
Stalked some ducks on the Ninilchik River...
Cooked marshmallows with the kids...
Drove to Anchorage...
Got Billy's heart checked out...
Enjoyed the quiet on the way back from Anchorage...
Photographed a new baby...
Started a new walk-up counter for Destini's coffee shop...
Watched my little farmer girl be ecstatic over her eggs...
Was glad the boys got the transmission back in my truck...
Started our new bar stool project for the coffee shop...
Told Billy on more than one occasion to get the goat out of the house...
And yes...I squatted down, scraped my buns, and then pulled THIS out of my butt cheek! (oh...and painted the living room as you can see by my thumb. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Just Another Scenic Sunday 3-18-12

This week in my life…
"Go ahead...try to get to your truck."
"Going somewhere?"
Icicle...cheaper than a chew toy.
Spoiled
"Hint...hint..."
New Mama...my fridge is full of baby bottles.
There's a goat in my kitchen...that's normal.
Young moose blocking Destini's trip to her car...
And Dan and Robin chasing the moose away with the first available weapon...skis...while Destini cowers in the background trying to get to her car.

 

 

Just Another Scenic Sunday 2-26-12

I watched a great sunset instead of going to the gym...

This Week In My Life I…

The small boys built dragons...
I did a photoshoot with Destini...and she froze her legs off...
And another...
And one more for fun...
And I spent some time with this girl...
And we became friends...
And Luke built some furniture from firewood....
And then I hung out at the Ninilchik cemetery...weird, I know...
Mossy cross...
And one more for fun...

Just Another Scenic Sunday 1/22/12


witnessed beauty on the Kenai River...

This week in my life I…

Made friends with this guy...
Took the boys out woodcutting...(that's right...bravely sharing my outdoor hair...)
...wore them...er..me...out...
Got into the groove of home schooling...
Learned valuable survival skills...at the expense of some bunnies...:-(
And discovered that hunting...is NOT Luke's thing!

Just Another Scenic Sunday 01/01/12

My mom and dad...my brothers family...and mine. All together for the first time in about fourteen years...

 THIS week in my life I….

Gave Billy a razor for his three chin hairs…

Watched the kids enjoy the simple things on New Years Eve…

 

Discovered borderline frostbite on Anthony's cheeks while sledding...

 

Took the kids to a dear friends house for New Years...awesome salmon tacos...

 

Caught all the grandsons in a totem pole at my parents house...

 

Watched the kids sink lower...the more they ate...

 

Saw what "happy" looks like...

 

Watched Luke fall in love with reading...thanks to technology...

 

Was sad at Destini's last Christmas as a child...

 

Found out what Anthony and Steven have been up to with the drums and guitar...

 

And the best part...had all my kids together for the first time in a very long time...

 

 

 

 

Just Another Scenic Sunday 11/06/11

Watched Billy's OCD come out in a snowman...

 

This week in my life I….

Had our first snowfall of the year...

 

Watched my girls dominate the court...

 

Sadly watched Destini's last volleyball season drift by...

 

Got our cabin weathered in...

 

Wondered why we built it so small...

 

Proved that genetics have nothing to do with being sisters...

 

Doused Destini and Chelseafor the sake of good pictures and some laughs...

 

Didn't warn her it was coming...

 

And then laughed hysterically...

 

Wondered if Robin had springs in her shoes...

 

And snapped Destini in the sunset of a windstorm.

 

Just Another Scenic Sunday 9/25/11

This Week In MY Life I....
Built a floor for our cabin...

Enjoyed the Fall view from our property...
Made friends with this guy...until his momma came and then we hid in the truck...
Rafted the Kenai River with Luke and his class...

Dressed my kids for "I Wouldn't Be Caught Dead Wearing That" day at school...
Saw a beauty of a rainbow out my front door...
Found out what Destini does in the shower...
Saw some spectacular Fall weather...
Hung with my bff Sandi and her newly adopted little guy...

Watched kids who don't have t.v. channels be creative...
Loved the clouds...
And romped at the beach with some friends!!!

 

Just Another Scenic Sunday 09/04/11

This week in my life I…

Was thankful for lots of nice milling trees…
Was thankful that DAN had to limb this one, and not me…
Realized that logging is a painful job…

Thought, if only we had 50 logs like this…our cabin would be done…
Got back into the swing of packing school lunches…
Wore out my kids…
Enjoyed Anthony’s late night drawing expos…
Wondered who is going to put all those bikes back together…
Decided to put the cabin in this grassy field…
Improved on my bread recipe by accidentally putting in twice as much butter…mmmmm…
And had the boys dig an outhouse hole…

Me: You can be done now or finish it up and feel the satisfaction of finishing the job.

Anthony: I think I can be satisfied knowing I finished 3/4 of a good job.

Just Another Scenic Sunday 08/21/11

This Week In My Life I….

Watched the Kenai Peninsula Fair Racing Pigs in action…
Had the most amazing food at the AKSupper Club in Ninilchik…(highly recommended)
Seriously…phenomenal food. Chef Paul Warner…amazing…
Made some new friends…
Saw oysters for the first time in my sheltered life…
Ate a raw oyster right from the shell…did I mention it was raw?
Saw the most glasses I’ve ever seen on any one table…
Was treated to a private performance by singer/songwriter Jules Larson and her counterpart, Jeff
And then got to see them live at the Kenai Peninsula Fair..what a treat!

Just Another Scenic Sunday 07/31/11

This week in my life I….

Staked out my home site where we will begin to build our new home…
Wished I could see this boat in it’s prime…
Visited Homer Harbor…
Saw a mama eagle and her baby (right)
Watched my kids work together…
Taught Robin to love the weed whacker…and to wear pants next time!

Just Another Scenic Sunday 7/24/11

This week in my life I…..
Hung out on the river with my bff…
Dip netted some salmon…lots of salmon…
Explored the beach and wondered how boats get on land…
Wondered why clams are so attractive to so many…
Visited the boat launch during a wind storm…
Learned the small boy can do standing back tucks…
Wondered who had more fun with the visqueen slip-n-slide…
And then saw their little faces….
And knew the answer…
Proved how crazy Alaska boys are…
And wondered what these kids would be doing…anywhere else…
Saw a boat take on too much fish…and too much water…
Visited Billy at work…and haven’t seen him since…he’s making a living…
Caught a sun glare…that looks like a flower. 🙂

Just Another Scenic Sunday 7/17/11

This week in my life I….

Watched my billionth Ninilchik sunset…
Enjoyed Summer…
Went to the Salty Dawg Saloon in Homer with friends…
Was thankful this toothy guy was dead…
Watched the tractor launch take up some boats…
Smoked a bunch of salmon…
Was glad I wasn’t THAT guy…
Found some beach treasures…again…
Told Sam I wanted to see the tractor get wet….so he did…
Watched how Ninilchik TEENS know how to work…
BOUGHT40 acres with THIS view…(this is my corner marker…!!)
Watched my kids freeze near to death…
Thought, “So this guy claims he’s Eskimo?  He’s freezing!”
Watched the kids have a serious water fight…
Knew that girls ALWAYS win against boys…
Saw another Eskimo be afraid of the cold…ahha.ha…
Saw Robins best Little Mermaid impression…
Saw what happens when little boys don’t have t.v…
And knew THAT wasn’t going to end well.

Just Another Scenic Sunday 7/3/11

This week in my life I…watched Billy shock himself when he discovered he could do a standing back tuck…
Started a new wood project…
Accidentally created the lower 48 and Alaska…
Served a new kinda customer in Destini’s coffee shop drive thru…
Sold some fishies…
Created a fishy assembly line…reminded me of my cannery days…
Went to the week with some friends…
Witnessed my private little beach turn into Grand Central Station with the clamming tide…
Saw some creativity come out in the small boy…as he made paddle!

Just Another Scenic Sunday 6/26/11

This week I…

Witnessed intense concentration…
Nearly had a heart attack…but grabbed the camera first…
Made a friend…then accidentally squished him and was sad…
Visited a friend…
Rafted on the Kenai River…
Watched kids bond…and bounce…

Took kids to the cabin…
Let go and let God…
Saw summer bloom…
Watched this guy for a while…
And wondered where boys get their energy…

Just Another Scenic Sunday 6/18/11

Enjoyed the drive to Anchorage

This week in my life I….

Witnessed love at first site…
Watched the kids have basketball camp…
This is how Alaskans use their fish totes…
Enjoyed a beach memorial…
Saw the largest cigar I’ve ever seen…and strangely, enjoyed the smell…
Played with fire…
Witnessed mischievousness…
Watched some eagles fly…
Realized how much Billy loves his little sisters…NOT!

Just Another Scenic Sunday 6/5/11

This week in my life I….

Pulled a small stick out of Robins leg…
Wondered why people leave garbage on the beach…even if it cute…
Walked with friends…
Found some cool beach treasures…
Taught the boy what a magnifying glass is really for…
Took away the magnifying glass…
Watched the kids get crafty in the sun…
Took the kids to the cabin…twice….
Made the worlds best shiskabob
Was impressed withe the kids ingenuity…
Watched Billy try to take an ER trip…
Caught my boys playing with the doll house…
Taught Robin how to chase off the boys…

Just Another Scenic Sunday 5/29/2011

This week in my life I…
Watched an egg toss go wrong…
Saw intense tug-o-war…
Stuck up on Billy…
Saw twelve of Ninilchiks kids become adults…
Witnessed Love
Made some stuff…
Worked on some fishies…
Overlooked Ninilchik Village at sunset…
Saw some wobbly-legged newbies…
Thought about what it’s all about…
Remembered the past…
Was in awe…
Took the kids to see the grandparents…
Saw an interesting moose.

Just Another Scenic Sunday 5/22/11

This week in my life I…..

Happened across the best beach find ever…
Wondered what made those holes in this hunk of coal..
Found some more old dock wood….wondered how far it traveled….
Built some cool fishes from beetle-kill spruce…
Had a close encounter with this guy who let me get within four feet…  
Wondered what it would be like to wake up looking like this..stay all day…and not care…

Came across a place in the woods where I could see 4 separate moose kills…and turned around quickly…
Cleaned some clams the boys brought home from school…
Tried to make a seal…
Worked with wood in the garage for many hours…

Just Another Scenic Sunday 5/15/11

This Week In Photos…
This week I went on an overnight field trip with Mya’s sixth grade class on a boat to Peterson Bay, across the Ketchamak Bay from Homer, Alaska.

We saw a few sea birds…  

Visited Gull Island…thousands of birds on a big rock in the water.
Headed across the bay towards Peterson Bay
Made friends with a squirrel
Slept in a YURT!
Walked along some beautiful shores
Turned over rocks to find treasures beneath…
Found dozens of sand crabs and other creatures
Held some living things…then put them back with care
Decided I wanted to live here…….
…..so I could paddle my kayak out to my boat every morning like this guy…
Proved you CAN play football in rubber boots in the midnight sun…
Used the worlds narrowest outhouse…no elbow room  here…
And then we climbed on the raft and pulled the rope until we reached the floating dock…where the boat would come to take us away from paradise and back to reality.

Just Another Scenic Sunday 5/8/11

THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS!
I noticed sure signs of Spring on my porch…
Was stared at by a rubber chicken in the window of the Salty Dawg in Homer.
Made a visit to Homer and the Salty Dawg Saloon…always a cool site!

Visited the beautiful Homer Harbor!

Birds Eye View

This morning during my walk I got the opportunity to be eye level with this guy…and I took it.  He didn’t move for a long time. He just watched me as I clicked away.  What a great way to start the day!

Just Another Scenic Sunday 5/1/11

This week in pictures…all taken in the past week. THIS is why I live where I do.
(click to enlarge)

Immature Bald Eagle on Ninilchik Beach
Ducks take flight at the mouth of Deep Creek
My kids are PLAYERS…as all good little Ninilchik kids are… 😉
On Ninilchik beach Saturday morning
Ducks in motion, mouth of Deep Creek, Ninilchik, Alaska (yes, those ARE ice chunks)
Muscles in the tide pools Saturday morning
Seagulls are more than just scavengers…the are beautiful in flight.
Seagull on Ninilcik beach.  This looks fake…all I did was darken it. The bird really stands out.
Barnacles in the tide pools.
This one kept circling me.
River Otter, Ninilchik, Alaska
Immature Bald Eagle taking off.  He let me get pretty close.
River Otter, Ninilchik, Alaska
Shells…untouched.
Makes me wonder…where did it come from?
Beach finds
🙂  I wonder…did someone do this? Or did the current make this masterpiece?
Immature Bald Eagle
Bunnies Abound!
Beaver family sunning themselves…this one taken last week.
Mya takes Blessing for a spring ride

Just Another Scenic Sunday

In case you’ve never seen Alaska…or just need a  little piece of home!
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Russian River, Cooper Landing, Alaska
Caribou Hills, Ninilchik, Alaska
Skilak Lake, Sterling, Alaska
Mount Redoubt, from Ninilchik, Alaska

Beach Walk

 Almost every day in the summer months…and sometimes in the winter too…I walk along the shores of the Cook Inlet here in Ninilchik, Alaska.  After a big storm is the best time since you find more treasures…some would call them junk.  I like to photograph them as they sit, untouched…and continue on my way.  Here are some of last weeks finds.  I always wonder…what’s the story here?

I looked for a message…

I found this roll of duct tape on April 8th


And on April 10th I found that same roll of duct tape had taken a beating by the tide!