Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My Christmas tree

with a lot of tinsel, it's not a proper tree without tinsel!

Monday, December 8, 2008


Lunch at the beach!

Monday, November 10, 2008

The star Princess

Waiting to board the cruise ship- 3 hr Delay means touristy fun on pier 39!

Carousel horses being restored

Waiting to board the cruise ship- 3 hr Delay means touristy fun on pier 39!

Lots of taffy!

Waiting to board the cruise ship- 3 hr Delay means touristy fun on pier 39!

Sea lions!

Waiting to board the cruise ship- 3 hr Delay means touristy fun on pier 39!

Golden Gate & sea gulls

Waiting to board the cruise ship- 3 hr Delay means touristy fun on pier 39!


Waiting to board the cruise ship- 3 hr Delay means touristy fun on pier 39!

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Paradise pier at night!


Paradise pier at night!


For danny, donna, angela, Cynthia, jason and brian. Aaah, Memories!


Candy corn acres @ DCA

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Me and violet are having a snuggle!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Fruits and veggies

At the pike place market

Last day in seattle!

Lunch @ the market

Friday, September 5, 2008

Space Needle

I think it's required to take a pic of this while in seattle! :-)

Super cool building

Space needle reflected on the outside of the expeience music project

Sci-fi museum!

Two of my favorite shows, hee hee!

Really cool guitar sculpture

At the experience music project in seattle

Thursday, September 4, 2008

On the train to anchorage

I think this is the Chugash Mountain range... so beautiful!

Mosaic moose!

In Talkeetna, the town that inspired Northern Exposure.

view from the hot tub @ McKinley Princess lodge

Awwww yeeeah!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tallest mountain in north america

This Is the closest we got to the mountain, 40 Miles away.

Susitna river looking north

The river is glacier fed, and the silt gives it a silvery grey color.

Susitna River looking south

Taken from the train.

The plane i flew on!


On Ruth Glacier 2

Standing on a glacier! Amazing!

On Ruth Glacier 1

Standing on a glacier! Amazing!

Denali peeking through the clouds

From the window of the plane @ around 9000 ft.

Another view of Denali national Park

No power lines, no houses, one road. True wilderness!

Inside Denali national Park

Fall colors are out, absolutely amazing. Everyone should come here at least once in their life.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

40 Below zero Is DAMN COLD.

Actually, when i went in it was 50 below!

First look at Denali

The mountain is dead center, very tiny!

Nightfall on the Chena

This was taken at 10 pm!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Cruising the Chena river

On a paddlewheel steamboat!

Float plane landing on the Chena

He took off and landed twice, just for us!

Went panning for gold!

I got $30 worth of gold, more than anyone else in my group!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

north to alaska part one

I think I was deluding myself when i thought i would blog every day and upload pics to flickr every night!! so far this trip has been a bit intense. lots of getting up early and staying up late... and there are still 6 days to go!
My cell service has been good but uploading photos with the cell phone has not been working at all today. I wanted to post them all the day i took them, but i don't think that will happen. I am posting them in order, though.

ok, recap.

day one was.. well, all i did was fly to seattle and spend the night, so day one was uneventful.

day two - got up at 5:30 am (EW EW EW) to catch the flight to anchorage. ended up next to a flight attendant on her way to work - she was SO nice and we had a nice talk.. and then as we approached anchorage she gave me the window seat!! i took some amazing photos out the window of the plane, it was unlike anything i'd ever seen. HUGE mountains. tons of snow. GLACIERS visible from the plane. rad.
next, a short 40 minute flight to fairbanks, had a window seat. scenery was not quite as insane but still lovely.
We headed to the princess lodge on the banks of the Chena River, where i relaxed a little, took some photos, and had a completely amazing dinner. asaigo crusted halibut... MMM!

day three - up early to head to the el dorado gold mine. we took a short train ride that had little stops to teach you about the mining process back during the gold rush. then, we got to pan for gold! and I got $30 worth of gold flakes - which is more than anyone else got. the weird thing about panning for gold is that you feel like you're just washing it all out of your pan, but you're not, really. touristy but fun.
Then we took a riverboat cruise up the Chena to the intersection with the Tenana River. it was neat to see all the houses along the river, and the scenery was reeeally beautiful. we stopped at a replica native village which was fun, but a little cheesy. it was a nice day but a bit exhausting.

tomorrow we have to get up early to drive down to Denali, where we're going to go on a natural history tour and watch the dinner show! should be more touristy fun! ;-)

On the train to the gold mine

In a permafrost tunnel!

The trans-alaska pipeline

800 miles from prudhoe bay to valdez

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Twilight on the Chena

Took this at 9:15 pm!

Coolest coke machine ever!

Makes me really want a coke!


The Chena river, from the deck at the hotel


Entry to the bathroom at the fairbanks airport!

Very tall mountains!

Not Denali, though, i was on the wrong side of the plane.

On my way to fairbanks

Lots of fluffy clouds!

Taking off

Anchorage from the air

Third flight in two days!

Off to Fairbanks!

Friday, August 29, 2008

At the sea-tac airport

Welcome to seattle!

Friday, August 22, 2008