Floating Willow Creek

Sitting inside in the winter makes me think of the upcoming summer. I remember the good days of floating creeks and rivers. This one was really nice weather and we didn’t have to wear waders or shirts!

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Finn helps navigate us to the put in.

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We caught grayling.

It was a beautifully warm day and I can’t wait for another summer in Alaska!

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Tight lines all day.

Kenai River.

I get it now. When we first moved here, I was excited to fish the world famous Kenai River. I wasn’t very successful. It is hard to walk and wade the Kenai. It is expensive to hire a guide every time I want to go out. The most logical thing was to buy our own raft. 20180614_111451img_4826img_4885img_0332Now I get it. The Kenai is a magical place when you can access a lot of it whenever you want.

Bakeries, Boats, and Buskers.

One of the things that I love about vacations is being able to spend time looking for the perfect bakery. We spent one morning visiting a few and trying their baked goods. The best pastries seemed to come from Door County Bakery. They also had the best flowers outside.screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-7-27-39-amWe also had to explore the area by bike to find the best beach. I think that we all agreed that Ferdinand Hotz Park was the best place to have lunch. This is the view of Lake Michigan from the beach.screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-7-28-00-amThis is the view of the beach from Lake Michigan.screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-7-28-17-amFrom our apartment, we walked down to the barbecue overlooking the almighty Green Bay where there was live music. The small figure on the bottom left is a guy playing a guitar and singing. What a way to end vacation days!screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-7-30-39-am

Quick Trip to Kona.

We took a quick 4 day trip to Kona to visit my dad. Day one was mostly travel, but we got a beautiful sunset even from the plane. The moon could even be seen in the top left corner. We took this to be a good sign for the upcoming trip.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.28.24 AM.pngAs soon as we arrived, we had to play with the dogs. My dad has the kind of relationship with his dogs like we have with ours.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.30.32 AM.png

The  weather may have been a little wet, but the temperature was a bit higher than it was in Anchorage. The trip also included a lot of fruit. Papayas from the yard or lilikoi mimosas, fruit was a major part!Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.30.41 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.32.13 AM.png

We threw in a quick stop at End of the World for some cliff jumping.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.32.58 AMScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.33.08 AM

What is a trip to Kona without Scandinavian shave ice? Ice cream, yes, azuki, no thanks.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.34.17 AM.pngStandard Kua Bay Instagram picture? No problem:Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.35.31 AM.png

More fruit please. Sure let’s just grab mangoes from the yard. Complete with post beach sunburn.

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One day we headed to Kamuela on the way to Waipio. We needed roping and history lessons.Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.37.02 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.37.54 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.38.29 AM.pngNot enough beach time? Thinking that Alaska is chilly? Might as well get to Hapuna while it isn’t raining!Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.39.15 AM.pngThe last day, Dad dropped us off at the airport and we had another killer sunset all the way home.

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A hui hou.

The biggest adventure.

It started innocently enough. We skied to a cabin outside of town. We drove a couple of hours, strapped on our skis and backpacks, and followed the signs.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.20.21 PMWe arrived at the cabin with the sun shining brightly.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.21.58 PM.pngInside, there was a fire still smoldering from the people that had left before we arrived. It gave us a very welcoming feeling.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.23.47 PM.pngDropping our packs, we headed back out.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.24.39 PM.png

There was even a wood fired sauna!Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.24.49 PMObligatory wood burning stove shot.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.34.54 PM.pngWhy wouldn’t we have smores?Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.35.10 PM.png

We built a fire, made dinner, and had some wine. At some point, I went to put another log on the fire. I noticed this. Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 1.44.38 PM.pngAdmittedly, I was a little tipsy and slightly confused. When I opened it, I found a ring. I put it on and did not disappear, so I was snapped back to reality. We were going to get married. The next day, we celebrated by playing outside some more.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 2.42.34 PM.png

We are not the type to waste time, so the following day, we submitted an application for marriage. A week or so later, we headed to the courthouse.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 1.32.48 PM.pngScreen Shot 2016-01-26 at 1.33.08 PM.pngIt was after this adventure that we headed up to Hatcher Pass.

Skijoring.

Skijoring with a dog is a sport in which a dog (or dogs) assist a cross-country skier. One to three dogs are commonly used. The cross-country skier provides power with skis and poles, and the dog adds additional power by running and pulling. The skier wears a skijoring harness, the dog wears a sled dog harness, and the two are connected by a length of rope. There are no reins or other signaling devices to control the dog; the dog must be motivated by its own desire to run, and respond to the owner’s voice for direction.Wiki.