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Kite Boarding in Alaska*

or should I say- *Photographing Kite Boarding (or Kite Surfing) in Alaska.

Sure looks exciting.

I learned the difference between a WET suit and a DRY suit.

Kite boarders were in both types, the dry suit worn over clothes and keeping you warm and dry.

The beach is in Homer, Alaska on the Spit. (A geographical landform)

Photographing these adventurous sports was enough for me. I was in a sweatshirt jacket and hat and did not get wet.  The wind was strong that day as you can see by the waves. I knew I should have lugged my 7-200 lens on vacation.  These are taken with a 24-70mm.

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Meet Aaron. Taking a sabbatical from teaching fifth grade

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Freedom Tower in Cloud

 

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We made it back to Mary’s apartment after a long travel day- caught a tail wind and the flight was just four and a half hours from Seattle.

Temperature and humidity demand adjustment.

We had a wonderful trip to Okanogan and Alaska but are glad to be home. I’ve one more leg on the train to Pittsburgh.imageupdate 11:14 AM

 


Sea Planes in Anchorage

We’re checked in a hotel near the airport.

Across the street are seaplanes, moored at the edge of a lake.

They have a distinct sound as they take off and land, Mary said like angry bees. Just the word pontoons seems exotic. They’ll ask your weight if you fly in one.

There are a lot of these planes, all colors.

Farewell Alaska tomorrow.

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Seldovia Alaska

We took a ferry from Homer to Seldovia Alaska pop 255imageimageimageimageimageimage


Moose Crossing by Dave E

Guest blog by our host Dave E who was finishing   a roof he was putting on- why did the moose cross the road?  To be with his family.

we were just told on our wilderness tour that moose don’t  congregate. Well here are four of them together. A bull (dad) cow (mom) and two calves  (kids)

 

 

Last week we saw this sign in Anchorage

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Goodnight Moon in Alaska

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Make Way for Geese on East End Road

Homer Alaska. East End Road. Coming and going. They crossed in front of us both directions.

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Homer Beach Just Before Bed

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We made it to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula.

So happy to be here. Welcomed by dear friends. We sat on the deck and caught up, then-

King Salmon, King Crab and Halibut for dinner.

Mary and I had a beautiful drive down from Anchorage today with sunny skies and blue water, snow topped mountains.

Tonight you can hear the waves on the beach. We’re ready for a good night’s rest and more adventures in the morning.

It’s a peaceful setting to sleep well.


And We Thought We Were Lucky to See Denali Yesterday

Today’s iPhone shots taken on the train today

weekly photo challenge:edge of mountain touches sky

 

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Will upload regular camera soon

 


Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park

This is the way the day started out when we left the hotel at 8 AM.  Our competent guide, Cassie, told us that only 30% of park visitors actually see the mountain. and even then it is usually bits and pieces of it.  She drove us 62 miles into the park and then the 62 miles back, about 8 hours round trip.  There were stops for the facilities and a box of snacks and we had ordered a box lunch, too.  There is not even a water fountain once you are in the park.

This is what it looked like in the morning.  43 degrees

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But looked what happened as the day unfolded

We got to see a clear view of “The Great One” which is what Denali means to the Athabaskans.

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We saw some wildlife- two grizzly bears, Dall Sheep, two caribou and two moose.

 

There aren’t guard rails along the route and the road turns from paved to gravel/dirt and gets narrower

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Fellow tourists try on antlers for photo ops.

This is the stop where Alaska Geographic was selling gorgeous books in a big tent.

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This post is just the highlights of our tour today.