Seward Getaway.

Seward is just far away enough to feel like you are on vacation, but close enough to spend just a couple of day there. We took off for a couple of days and found the place deserted. Winter here is great! Don’t tell anyone.

The tides are incredible. Leaving lots of places to explore.

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The view from our cabin. Loft upstairs with a bed below.

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The view from the bedroom was pretty amazing.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-47-04-pmWhen we first arrived, we loved the sunshine and snow combination.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-43-47-pmWe found an old railroad car near our cabin.screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-44-22-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-08-at-2-44-41-pmWith so many places to explore, it is hard to return to the same place twice. Seward keeps calling us back.

Winner Creek, Girdwood, AK.

Hike 8/52 was one that we had done before. Based at the fancy Alyeska Resort there is no shortage of places to stop and warm up before or after hiking in Girdwood.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-31-14-pm

We set off on our short hike after brunch at The Bake Shop. We drove one car to the the end of the trail and started from the far end of the trail. Our plan was foiled when we found out that the hand tram was no longer operating for the winter. There was hardly any snow, so we sighed and muttered, but continued on.

We had to stop and build a snowman as it was still early in the season and we haven’t had a lot of snow, yet.

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The Winner Creek and the snowman.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-33-53-pmDeciding how to cross when the tram is closed.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-30-43-pmWe somehow still had a lot of fun and wore ourselves out.screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-31-01-pmWhen we got home, this happened. I would call it a success.

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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

Kayaks and Flames.

We got out early one morning and joined a kayaking group in the cold, but beautiful waters of Lake Michigan. The weather continued to be spectacular. Our group hugged the coast exploring caves and occasionally getting our breath taken away by plunging into the lake.

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