Alaska, here I come!

“Life is a succession of crises and moments when we have to rediscover who we are and what we really want.”
Jean Vanier, Canadian philosopher


I set out for a solo trip to Alaska in August 2013.  At the time, I used a Tumblr to record my journey, recording my experience in the short bursts typical of Tumblr.  So I could remember people and events, I’ve converted that blog into RamblingAround style.  Although these Alaska posts are mainly to jog my memory, please feel free to sample my trip.  Here it is ….


Arrived late last night (1:30 a.m. – let’s see, that’s 5:30 a.m. Florida time) only to discover that one of my bags was still in Phoenix.  Need to wait in Anchorage an extra day for it to catch up with me.  That’s OK:  The featured image on this post was my view from my hotel this morning when I awoke.  Can’t be too upset when you’re in a place like this!


The flowers here are amazing!  Vibrant yellows, stunning purples, brilliant blues, breathtaking reds and heavenly pinks.  Blossoming greenery is everywhere, in windowsills, gardens, hanging pots and even planted in silvery trashcans.  Maybe the plants are celebrating the extraordinary warm weather, it’s been in the 70s and even 80s for weeks.

Although the weather in Alaska has been beautiful lately, it’s not always that way.  But at least Joanna, the woman who owns the B&B where I’m staying tonight, says that’s one of the best parts of this state, its ever-changing weather.

Breakfast at my lovely little bed and breakfast in Anchorage, Planet Anchorage.  Those sausages you see next to the omelet are reindeer.  Very tasty.

This long hairy strip used as a decoration above the passageway in my bed and breakfast is actually baleen from a whale.  The seemingly fragile “hairs” are very strong and flexible fibers made out of keratin, the same material that makes up our hair and fingernails. The baleen system works when a whale opens its mouth underwater and takes in water then pushes the water out.  Microscopic animals are filtered by the baleen and remain as food source for the whale.

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