Wednesday, April 20, 2016


The number one activity while on Maui is to watch the sun rise from on top of the mountain.  The process not so easy, get up at 3am, grab a cup of coffee and drive for 2 plus hours, be dressed for winter, it is cold, and I say that as an Alaskan.  Watch the sun rise over the ocean or clouds as this day was, but oh it's awe inspiring. 
After the sun rise the view is pretty special it is a volcano after all.
Even better when you have some company to share it with.
Then drive down the mountain a ways, stop at the Lodge and get breakfast.  Go back to the room get a nap, because it is on to #2 best activity on Maui.
Go to a luau, there is pit pig to eat, watch a show.
Then the sun sets on the other side of the island.  The rest of the time, enjoy the beach no camera needed. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

yearly girls Alaskan Adventure

 Granddaughter #1 picked this year adventure, she said we have to go to Juneau because it is the capital of Alaska.  Part of the tradition is to go somewhere in Alaska that we haven't been to before, I have been to Juneau a few times before, but it was nice to go again, and we did go to many places that I had not been to.  It was rainy the first day we got there but, then the sun came out and the rest of our trip was sunny and beautiful.  The local folks were very nice also.  I would think living in that busy place with all the cruise ships they wouldn't be friendly, but they were, one example when we were leaving, it was a short ways from the hotel to the airport so we decided to just walk, but up comes a lady in a ford explorer and say "you guys are going to the airport let me give you a ride."  So we all piled in.  That was so nice of her.

 Picture out the plane window as we were leaving Juneau.  The mountains, island and water are amazing.
 This is the fish hatchery, they have a window to see the spawning fish returning.  There was quite a lot of fish returning,  There was King salmon and Silver salmon.
 The touch tank is always popular, this one you were just suppose to put you finger on the sea creatures in the white floating tubs and not take them out of the tank, these brave Alaskan girls touched everything and took them out of the tank, broke every posted rule.
 This picture is from Douglas Island looking at the town of Juneau. And 2 cruise ships, one of those is the Disney ship.
                                               Saw a Montana flag, not sure why it was there.
 This is from up top the mountain, there is a tram that goes up there, there is a place to eat, a movie about the area, an injured eagle in a cage, gift shop, totem pole carving, and some trails to hike.  A great area to explore.
                                             Welcome to Juneau sign down town area.
                                                               The capital building.
                                                               Governors mansion.
                                               Glacier looking from Douglas Island.
                                         Tundra version of a Venus fly trap.
                                                                     By a church
 Looking at the airport.  It was a garden tour took a golf cart up this hill behind the airport area.

                                            Picture taken by the tour guide.
                                                       Porcupine in the tree.
                                    The brown spot right above the flowers is a baby deer.
                                Grand kids had to get their picture taken with ever bear we saw.
                                                             Flying into Juneau.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

been a while

 Its been awhile since I blogged, I do enjoy the time spent, but I think since I lost my mom whom most of my posts were directed at I feel like no one read, so why bother.  Since they are a diary of sorts I guess I will keep it up.

On one of my drives to the big city, I stopped to take pictures of the inlet, the ice was moving so fast, it is such a pretty place and usually we just zoom on by, so a stop now and then is worth the time.
 A long weekend was spent down in Las Vegas, attended a wedding which had Elvis in the ceremony.  He was a pretty good Elvis.  Vegas has changed, not so much for kids, that and it was St Pattys day, who knew it is a 3 day party.  Live band on the streets were nice.  One down side, we stayed at New York New York with the roller coaster right out the window, so every 15 minutes screaming could be heard as they rolled past. 
I didn't make this quilt, one of the quilting ladies trusted me enough to quilt it for her, its going to be for her granddaughters graduation.  The quilt was huge a oversized queen.  There are many different elements to the quilt, and I was very nervous to quilt it, she is a amazing quilter and I am a beginner longarmer.  She did like the job I did and wants me to do another one, so I must have done OK.  The information I have read about longarm is that one develops their own style,  I see so many beautiful quilts, and wonder can I ever do that, an amazing longarm lady told me to just keep practising, so I will.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Merry Christmas

This year for Christmas I decided to make gifts for every one, spent a few months sewing away.  The guys got camo boxes, that go in the car, tote bags and knitted scarfs and quilts for the rest of the group.  So I made every one pose for a picture, my camera didn't take that great of pictures. 
                                     Love the look on the babies face while opening her presents. 
Time with family is the best, it is hard to get every one together at one time, but enjoyed it when all my kids were together.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013


Had a week off from work, so off I go sailing with Capt Blythe, aka my mechanic, the weather was great, we had big plans of going around the point, some where I haven't been yet, but the closer we got to the big water, the bigger the waves got, now the boat can take it just fine, but when Capt asked did I want to do that for 6 more hours, my response was no, I wanted to enjoy the vacation, so we turned around and found calmer water.  I did get some fishing in we had 3 different kinds of poles on board, halibut, trolling, and casting.  I did catch 2 cod trolling, but didn't keep them.  Some folks gave us some bait since we didn't really plan on fishing, I used it all up, but just feed the fish, no barn door halibut for me.  Spent one night at the dock across the bay, I did get out and got some salmon berries.  Going to make a batch of jam with them.  Another night on the hook, found a really neat spot quiet, with the eagle flying around, the mornings were calm beautiful and not much beats being on a boat.  I told my mechanic, I never dreamed growing up in Montana that I would be sailing in Alaska. 

I always enjoy seeing the otters this one looked really big.
The boat got some new improvements, so it's easier to sail, was much more enjoyable sailing than the past things are working better, part is Capt is getting use to the boat, and the weather was great.

After the sailing trip, I drove to Anchorage, it was time for the yearly girls go out and see Alaska trip.  Nome Alaska was picked this year.  Plane tickets were purchased, hotel and rental car lined up.  Got up at 4am to catch the flight, got there so early had time for breakfast, sight seeing, grocery store for snacks, dinner out, granddaughter #1 said when it was time for bed, they had really long days there.  I laughed, told her it was because we got up so early the day was long.  The weather was nice while we were there, one of the travel tips I got was the best part about visiting Nome was getting out of Nome, and we saw why, the country side there is very pretty, there are vast valleys, and lots of hills, Nome has 300 miles of road so there are lots of things to see, we didn't see allot of wildlife, but I know that the wild animals do not stand by the road waiting for the tourist.  There are lots of berries, birds, and the ocean view is spectacular.

The last night there we drove out of town looking for the musk oxen and found them not to far from town, they are awesome to see.  We spent quite a while sharing the spy glasses and looking at them.  I so enjoy my time with family on these special trips.  I tell every nice person that we have a chit chat with in these towns visiting, how we feel that since we live in the most beautiful state, that people travel from around the world to visit we should get out and see it, so a different town is picked to spend a few day at.  A few year ago I asked the grand kid what town she wanted to visit next and she told me Chuck E Cheese, so she hasn't got to pick, but this year she said Juneau would be next years trip, being the Capital.  Well I have been to Juneau, so we will have to also go somewhere out side of Juneau that I haven't been to yet, maybe Glacier Bay would be a good side trip.  I'll have to start researching next years trip.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The town I live in (a short essay)

I do like where I live, most of the time.  Usually it is best to stay home and avoid the crowds.  This time of year is especially busy.  A friend brought his boat down here and left it, we have gone out fishing a few times with him on the busy river.  Combat fishing at it finest, we did catch fish and the weather was great.  Since it has been so warm out I like to take the dogs to the lake so they can swim and cool off.  Today thought I thought we would go to the ocean since we hadn't been for a long time.  Big mistake, the tide was out, there were hordes of people, I stopped to let the dogs out they only got muddy and some lady was hollering at her dog, so we just decided to leave.  Since they got the jeep all muddy I figured I had better stop at a lake and let them swim to get clean, well there is a sign on the side of the road that says lake public access, so we drive there, it is a 4-wheeler trail and when you get there the access is blocked.  So I try a different lake, it was funny when the dogs jumped in there was a trail of mud coming off them.  (My jeep is a mess).  But all that made me cranky and the heat didn't help, it said 92 on the porch.  I did try to get some yard work done, but with all the bugs one has to dress covered, not good in all that heat, so I gave up and went downstairs where it is 60 and quilted.  The dogs though still needed to get another swim so up to the closest lake we went, it has been very busy this summer with the heat, families fishing, picnics, swimming, but there is usually room for me to throw the ball in the water for the dogs.  Tonight there was a dad with his 2 kids there fishing, and those kids were bringing in the trout, I've never seen anyone catch fish there before.  Then here they come, several loud truck with young men and snow machines in the back of 2 trucks and a little boat in another truck.  They weren't loud and crazy, they just wanted to have some fun, I asked them if they were going to ride the snow machines on the water, they said yes, but they didn't want to bother the dad and sons fishing, so they asked the dad if they could ride and he didn't mind.  So off they unload the snow machines and head for the lake.  The first guy only got part way across the lake and he sunk, said the ski got caught in the water.  They spent about 1/2  hour trying to get the machine back out of the water, but the rope came off and they couldn't find the machine again. They were still looking for the machine when I left, the rider was sure he would find it and get it out.  So then the second guy got on his machine and rode across the lake and back again.  We all were cheering for him.  I got his picture it was awesome to watch.  Moral of this story is the people in my day that could have been the worse were actually the best.