I am trying to do the photo a week challenge by Nancy Merrill, this week it is “Boats & Ships.”
This is a cruise ship that was in the harbor in Seward Alaska. It is the first cruise ship that was going north through the northern passage. It was traveling with its own ice breaker ship in the lead. This was going from Seward to New York City and was going to take 3 months.
Two of my son-in-laws were very happy with the purchase of this old boat, so happy they could not wait to put it in water to enjoy it. Big boys and their toys.
What a pretty quilt with a nice variety of ships on it.
No, I have not been running around without any clothes, but its been the same ones for over a year. If you are new to reading this, a little over a year ago I closed up my home and went to Anchorage for a summer job. Because I flew to Alaska, I was limited to 2 large suitcases and one small carry on, I guess I could have done more, but it would have been expensive.
So my clothes and shoes and fabric all went into a storage unit to wait for my return. I came to one of my daughter’s homes for several days before I flew up to my summer adventure. Because we drove here, I could just pile things into the car and sort it out here. Now I am back visiting that daughter and the clothes I left behind.
I think this is how people prepare to live in those adorable tiny houses You are allowed 4 pairs of jeans, 6 t-shirts and 3 pairs of shoes, or some such thing. Having lived much of my life as a clothes-hound, that is beyond my comprehension. I have cut down drastically since retirement and no need to dress for the office every day. But I have found out a new love for my old things……WHAT??
I could not remember what was here and “knew” a certain pair of boots was going to be among the items. Not so. My favorite shorts, those lightweight jackets I love to layer in the summer and my favorite bathrobe were all here waiting to greet me. It was better than being a kid at Christmas. You know how the “experts” tell you if you have not worn an item in a year get rid of it, I will agree with that thought. This is different, we were separated, I will still take a hard look at what I need to take back to my new temporary home.
At least now I am much closer to my things and can come back to visit my clothes and my daughter. Now for the tough choices, what will I wear today. I am having a great day and hope you are also.
One of the highlights of my summer in Anchorage, Alaska was a float plane trip. One of my grandsons came to visit and celebrate his birthday with mine, so we took a plane ride together in a Cessna that was 1 year younger than I am! It was beyond description amazing.
Our pilot was well versed in the options to find wildlife on the mountain ranges we flew over and we saw a lot. He took us over so many different glaciers, I lost count. One more beautiful than the next. We landed in a lake that was formed by the runoff from 3 glaciers, opened the door of the airplane and handed us a giant ice cube. about 12 inches, probably over 10,000 years old from a calving glacier.
I had to restrain myself and choose only a few photo’s. I have been very lucky, flying many places in the world, on big new 777’s and tiny old regional jets. Some aircraft that looked like a crop duster in little one gate no-where’s-ville. I have landed in huge modern international terminals, small antiquated international terminals. But this flight circling the mountains around Anchorage is one I will treasure. The best time flying ever.
Here is my photo for the week, it is frost on a window. Beautiful but very cold.
My second is a black and white quilt. I do so many in color I sometimes forget the simple beauty of black and white.
This is one of the views from the Piper aircraft we flew in around Anchorage, Alaska. This is an area where three glaciers come together and have formed a lake from the “calving” off the glaciers.
This was taken from the open door of the Piper as we landed on the waters of that lake. The small iceberg in the photo is larger than the aircraft we flew in.
Another view from the airplane as we are going back to Anchorage. You can see the tall buildings in the background with some of Anchorage spread out below us. There is a lot of water and a lot of large trees within the city so a surprisingly large number of wild animals live within the city itself.
Probably one of the best trips I have ever taken, and if anyone ever asks you to go, do not hesitate, just say… Yes!
This was not a photograph about a hand, but it is now. While traveling with a friend last summer, we were on a tour just outside of Anchorage. At a beautiful spot to view the mountains and a glacier forming in them. My friend pointed as I snapped the photo and her hand was immortalized as she is pointing out the glacier on this cold and overcast day. Even with that Alaska is just beautiful and I can’t wait to go back for my next visit.
Cornflower, it is a chicken or egg kind of question. Is the color named for the flower or vice versa. In any case a lovely shade of blue as well as a charming flower. Also a color found in sapphire gemstones.
A field of cornflowers in bloom is a wondrous thing to behold.
Just a beautiful is a quilt that incorporates this lovely color.
It’s time for the noise makers and the toasts and the traditional well wishes to the new year 2017. It’s a time of reflection for some and a time of new beginnings. We make resolutions each year with the hope that they will last more than a day.
I am still 70, but technically 70 1/2, so I can only hope that the new year finds me wiser. As a child that 1/2 year seemed to make all the difference because we were now taller or smarter or stronger than just 6 months ago. After my trip to Alaska, I know I am all those, well almost all those things, I did not get any taller this year.
I will be forever grateful that he year 2016 allowed me to realize 2 dreams I never thought I would live in Alaska, since I did not do this when I was young enough to survive anything, who thought that at the ripe old age of 70 I would follow my dream. I an thrilled that I was able to do this and can only say never stop dreaming to all my fellow wanderers. This was a hard year as well for a variety of reasons, but I am choosing to focus on the wonderful.
I also managed to live long enough to see the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. It was touch and go there a number of times, but I am so grateful they filled not just my bucket list item, but thousands of others as well.
My friends, I wish you well. Health and happiness and love in the next year.
May peace be with you today and all days.
Some of the beauty of Alaska that I have not shared yet.
Glacier fields and snow capped mountains in summer.
Small lake in Anchorage.
The beauty and distance never stops.