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Friday, September 23, 2011

Out The Road!

I love spending time out doors and I was quite happy when Terri informed me that she had “activities” lined up for me every day of my time here!

Yesterday, it was Sara’s turn to babysit me!

She showed up around 10:30am and off we went in her trusty subaru along with her 13 month old daughter Amelia and her 4 year old St Bernard/Husky mix Coco! Coco is known as the anti-bear dog….and we were glad to have her along with us!

In Cordova, if you are headed to the outskirts of town and beyond, you aren’t just going “Down the Road”…you are going “OUT the road…” and Out the road we went! It had been pounding rain for days, and we knew it would be muddy, but we were ready for it.

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Headed “Out The Road!”

I told Sara that I was a picture taking fiend, and she said that she would pull over if there was anything I wanted pics of. The picture you see at the top of the post is of a little roadside spot that just took my breath away! The rain had stopped and we had blue skies…for a while at least, and we had to make good use of it while we could.

We arrived at the end of a gravel road and parked…..and I laughed when Sara said “Your purse will be perfectly okay in the car, but I’ll lock the car if you want me to” OH MY! I could get used to a place like this!

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Coco was already one step ahead of us, exploring every nook and cranny and following her nose to wherever it lead!

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This spot. I could stand here and just look forever at this spot! That big flat icy spot is the glacier….and you can’t see it in the picture, but the ice is really blue! It reminded me a lot of those blue raspberry snow cones. By this time our blue sky was already disappearing above the clouds that were coming back in.

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Hurry, quick! Take my picture in front of the glacier too! Sara was a good sport, doing all of this with her baby in a pack on her back! Amelia was having a great time on her nature hike too.

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We made it just a bit farther and…..UHOH! WASH OUT!! ((Sung to the tune of WIPE OUT, don’tcha know?!)) All the rain had created a river flowing through our trail…and it was quite deep. There was no way through it, or around it, unless you were Coco and could just wade on in.

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Neither of us had packed hip waders, so at this point we decided to just turn around, double back and walk some of the gravel road areas instead. At least they wouldn’t be muddy or under water, and we could still get some exercise in! Coco agreed whole heartedly!

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Rivers were running like crazy….don’t fall in!

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The fall colors are really starting to appear here. You know, even if it IS raining. It’s just a whole nuther kind of beautiful. Every season and weather condition can have their moments of WOW.

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After our hike we bundled back up in the car and headed for “TOWN” You know, all that nature can bring on a mountainous appetite! I’d love to come back another day when we can hike further in…I’d love to get closer to that glacier. I’m adding this to my bucket list!

15 comments:

Pat said...

WOW.......it must be awesome to be out in such beauty and near glaciers like that!

Jane said...

Many years ago I found a beautiful pattern called "Chugach Pines". It is a stylized mountain scene and my grandson loved it. I know it was designed by an Alaskan quilter.

Lori said...

That looks absolutely gorgeous Bonnie!!

Alycia said...

that is a beautiful place! How nice to have quilt workshops in such gorgeous places - enjoy!!

Marj said...

Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

Beautiful! Nothing like the Alaska wilderness for picture taking.

madakamom said...

I really love all the pictures you post of your travels around the country! I was wondering what kind/model of camera you use?

regan said...

You can totally see the blue in the glacier.....very cool! Great pics....thanks for sharing!

lynneUSA said...

that shot of the glacier would make a great appliqué wall hanging - if only i were that skilled

Elaine Adair said...

Can I fit in your pocket on one of these trips??? I'd have to stay there because I'd never be able to keep up with you! 8-))) You sure do get around and see a LOT of wonderful places. Enjoy!

Kim said...

Oh it is wonderful to see more of Alaska.....don't we live in a beautiful country!
Terrific shots Bonnie.

Happy sewing, how are the workshops going?

Janet O. said...

Beautiful stuff!!

Charo said...

It's so beautiful...! I envy you.
Enjoy it!!!
Thank so much for the pictures

Lucy said...

Amazing beautiful! It must be great to be there.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Beautiful!