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Alaska Harbor Dinner Cruise

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.

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The photos were taken by myself, my Hubby, and my daughter.

Enjoy the show!

Denali Park

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!

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Enjoy!

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.

Alaska Railroad Denali Star

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.

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There will be more photos for those who are interested.  Next up, Denali Park.

Olympic Game Farm

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!

Olympic Game Farm

Peacocks abound!

Olympic Game Farm

Fallow Deer

Olympic Game Farm

Llamas

Olympic Game Farm

Yaks

Olympic Game Farm

Exuberant zebras!

Olympic Game Farm

Got bread?

Olympic Game Farm

How about those claws?!

Olympic Game Farm

Lots of friendly black and Kodiak bears!

Olympic Game Farm

Olympic Game Farm

Olympic Game Farm

Bengal Tiger

Olympic Game Farm

Siberian Tiger

Olympic Game Farm

Wolves

Olympic Game Farm

Elk…oh yes…he is alive and magnificent!

Olympic Game Farm

A regal lion.

Olympic Game Farm

Sleepy cougar.

Olympic Game Farm

Bison

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!

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More Vacation

I am back to the day job, but behind in posting vacation pictures. 

How would you like to take a late afternoon stroll here?

Dungeness

We are strolling along the bluffs.

Dungeness

It is a long way down!

Dungeness

A beautiful sunset in a magical place!

Dungeness

When the kids were young, we enjoyed camping at Dungeness Wildlife Recreation Area and Refuge.  This evening, we simply enjoyed our stroll, but in the past, we have taken the time to hike, look for crabs and other beach treasures, and walk out to the lighthouse on the spit. 

There is much here to fall in love with!

Palouse Falls

Hubby had a fabulous idea for another impulsive day trip.  We called Dad to see if he’d like to come, packed up our lunch and headed south to Palouse Falls State Park.

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls is a scenic gem that is nearly hidden in the scablands and canyons of southeastern Washington State.  It you want to visit a place that is off the beaten path, then this is the place for you.

Palouse Falls

There are many hiking trails and it is possible to hike to the bottom of the waterfall, or up around the top, or even behind the waterfall where the Palouse River cuts through the scabland.  Some trails are paved, many are not.  Rock climbing is allowed here too.

Palouse Falls Marmots

The falls plunge 186 feet and, incredibly, you don’t see it until you are nearly on top of it.

Palouse Falls

The orange that you see in the photos are rock climbers.

Palouse Falls

We were treated to gentle rain showers on our visit, and we had a very pleasant day.  I’m proud of my Dad; he’s in his 80’s and recently had knee replacement surgery.  Yet, he’s out here hiking!  I really do come from great stock!

Palouse Falls Dad

The Palouse River behind the falls:

Palouse Falls

Up on a plateau:

Palouse Falls

On the way home, we visited Steptoe Butte State Park.  The butte is an unexpected height reigning over a sea of agricultural land.  It is named for Edward Steptoe, a colonel in the US Army, who, in May of 1858, was defeated by 1000 Indian warriors in a battle near here.

Steptoe Butte

Steptoe Butte  is a great place for kite flying, hang gliding, picnicking and just taking in the view.

Steptoe Butte

Serene.

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Old Molson Ghost Town – Part One

Continuing on with our one day road trip, we come to Old Molson Ghost Town

Hubby and I were here, perhaps 20 years ago with our children, and it doesn’t look like anything has changed since then.  It is not touristy…no one was here when we visited then, and no one was here this day either.  There are no gift shops, no restaurants, etc.  This is a ghost town after all, folks!

It will be the last ghost town visit this day, but it is also very rich in history.  The town has been made into a museum, free to the public, and with a wealth of antiques that everyone is allowed to touch.  Except for a few smaller items, nothing is roped off.  The buildings are open, and the place is a great hands on educational experience for both the young and the old.

Old Molson Sign

Hubby and I took loads of photos, so the next few blog posts will be photos of farm and logging machinery, and a host of other tools and such.  Old Molson makes it fun and easy to imagine yourself as a miner, a logger, a cowboy, a farmer or a homesteader in days gone by.

Enjoy!

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Wagon Wheel

Wagon

Wagon 2

Shingle Mill/Law Office

Shingle Mill Tools

Law Office Wood Stove

Law Office

Reward Sign