Hubby and I had the opportunity to visit with our kids and grandkids for the Independence holiday.
We had a fantastic time!
One of my favorite things we did was to visit the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve. I found it to be a wonderful place when one is in need of serenity and a gentle hike.
The Mima Mounds are a mystery. There are many theories, but its formation remains unknown.
There are prairie flowers, lichen, butterflies and birds to enjoy. Spring would be a great time to see wildflowers in bloom, but anytime is lovely for a peaceful stroll.
For more information, click here and here.
A harbor seal led our dinner cruise. What fun to follow him (or was it a her) for the beginning of our 3-1/2 hour cruise around the harbor!
While in Alaska, our daughter and son-in-law treated us to a dinner cruise hosted by Marty and Marion, of the Galley Gourmet, from St. Paul Harbor in Kodiak, Alaska.
I highly recommend this cruise! Marty is the former harbor master and Marion is a master gardener, chef, author and photographer. They offer wonderful hospitality, not only in great-tasting food, but also in wildlife viewing, and entertaining (and knowledgeable stories) aboard their beautiful craft, the Sea Breeze.
The photos were taken by myself, my Hubby, and my daughter.
Enjoy the show!
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For those of you who are interested in my trip to Alaska, here is a slideshow of more photos, as promised.
You are looking at my visit to Denali Park. I was blessed with a gorgeous day for the visit!
Hubby and I saw golden eagle, moose, ptarmigan, Dall sheep, bear, caribou, small critters, and fabulous scenery. Nobody creates and designs like the great God above!
Click here for a slideshow of the glaciers viewed from the flight to Alaska.
Click here for a slideshow of the Alaska Railroad Denali Star train ride.
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Tagged Alaska, Denali Park, LCsCottage, Mt. Mckinley, national park, nature, nature photography, travel, vacation, wildlife
My life is boring since coming home from Alaska. Ha, ha!
If you are planning a trip to Alaska, you might like to consider riding the Alaska Railroad Denali Star Train.
Hubby and I rode the train from Anchorage to Denali Park, and we loved it. Yes, it was a wet trip, and a long one, but well worth it anyway. The scenery is gorgeous! You can see wildlife, and we did, but we didn’t take pictures of any (except a nesting white swan, which nobody but us would recognize from our picture…hee, hee!). It isn’t easy taking pictures of wildlife from a moving train!
Since I did promise more photos in the previous post, the following is a slideshow with a few of our photos from the train trip.
There will be more photos for those who are interested. Next up, Denali Park.
My June goal for the OMG and Patchwork Times challenges, was to work on an old birdhouse wall hanging project.
I’ve done absolutely nothing to it.
I do have ideas, and I want to work on it. I really do.
But June turned out to be a very busy month.
I am painting an upstairs bedroom.
And the bathroom.
Both rooms will be a very soft gray, and much lighter than they were before. I hate house painting, but the results are worth it!
Progress is slow, since I am fitting the painting in between work shifts and the usual life stuff.
I took a trip to Alaska at the beginning of this month. What a lot of fun! I’d like to do it again!
I have literally hundreds of photos to sort through. I’d like to make a photo memory book for myself. This is going to take some time!
I thought I’d share a few photos with you. These are from the flight to Alaska:
I’ll share more when I get them edited.
I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Head on over to see what everyone else is doing!
Sunday was a gorgeous day, so Hubby and I packed up a picnic lunch, and the canoe, and headed for Little Twin Lakes.
The area is primitive and remote. The access washboard dirt road is narrow and about 6 miles.
But so worth the trip!
Beautiful and serene!
Happy birthday USA!
If you love wildlife, or have children, then you may want to make the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, WA, a destination. This farm worked exclusively for Walt Disney Studios for 28 years, and is a secure home for many types of animals.
You can get up close and personal by taking a driving tour. You can even feed the animals wheat bread!
How about those claws?!
Lots of friendly black and Kodiak bears!
Elk…oh yes…he is alive and magnificent!
A regal lion.
The above is just a sampling of the wonderful wildlife to be seen at the farm. There is also a petting farm, museum barn, education area and gift shop. The farm is a great family place to visit!
*Clicking on a photo will produce a larger version.