Friday, May 15, 2015

On the Way to Soldotna!

This is Alaska!

What a difference a few ((okay, several!)) hours makes sitting on a plane, minding my own business, watching a couple of movies, sewing a few hexies along the way!

It’s MAY –but spring comes slowly in these far northern frozen places –and the white outside of the plane window is just breathtaking!

I am always glued to the window when I fly to scenic places like this ---

And this time I didn’t have a window seat, so it was me grabbing a glimpse any time the guy who HAD the window seat got up to stretch his legs….

Of course it was broad daylight when we landed after 9pm --- by the time we grabbed our luggage and got the rental car it was 10-something heading toward 11pm.

Your body will do weird body clock things when it is this light out at that hour:


Somewhere around 10:30pm!

Yesterday was a run around day – adjust to the time difference ((HA!))  Grab a few provisions and make our way down to Soldotna and the Kenai.

Why not stop at the Alaska Zoo?

Okay – why not?


Just so we can get funny photos like this!

I think this moose needs to go on a diet!


Yak Attack!


Downward Bear!


Actually, I felt more like this guy!

I have always had mixed feelings about zoos.  But I usually come out in favor of them – each story at each exhibit was about an animal that can no longer live in the wild – due to broken wings, or some other injury that meant it could not survive on its own.

Some animals are kept until they are rehabilitated and then let back out into the wild again – and this is a great thing.

But mostly, I think of the many children who get their first up close and personal experience in learning about these animals because there ARE zoos for them to visit – and there were loads and loads of kids out at the Alaska Zoo yesterday, educational field trips!  It’s important.  And without zoos, this would not be possible.


Hello, Mountain Sheep!


Enjoying the scenery at the zoo – spring is just springing!

Oh, yes – this is the Wild Quilter Exhibit! LOL!


Beluga  Point on the way to Soldotna!


I love this drive!

This is my 6th visit to Alaska, and I never get tired of it.  And there are always new things to see and do.

We were told about the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center…and it was SO worth the visit!  I know my photos don’t do it justice, but I am uploading them into a slide show.

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Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, May 2015


So I am here!  Along the Kenai!

Workshop today – need to be ready to go.  Since I’ve been up since 3am something (ugh!) I know I”ll need a nap, but there won’t be time.  I’ve also got a lecture tonight….

From the frying pan into the fire, but alive and kicking and so happy to be here!

Love from Alaska – and more when I can!

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  1. It's beautiful country! Thanks for taking us along with your photos. Have fun today!

  2. Anonymous10:03 AM EDT

    Beautiful pictures, Bonnie. Thanks for sharing. Would love to visit Alaska, but it will probably never happen. Enjoy your time there!

  3. I agree, zoos can be very educational. The animals are well cared for and their life expectancy is longer than ones in the wild. At least they don't have to work for a living like those in a circus. Sure, in a perfect world, the animals should be in their natural habitat. But we, as imperfect humans, have destroyed much of that.
    Enjoying your travels to places I may never get to see for myself!

  4. Question: can you see Russia from there?

  5. So enjoy your happy attitude. Thanks for sharing.

  6. After seeing how beautiful it is in Alaska I may have to visit some day. Tell us what is the temperature this time of year. Since you have visited many times, have you seen the aurora borealis?

  7. wow Bonnie, this must be an amazing part of the world. Is your hubster with you again?

  8. I so wish I was travelling along with you and Dave. It is such a wonderful terrain, with snow and green areas. I would love to get up ther some time. Enjoy your workshop and lecture. You are such a strong person, I know you will get through it (and then collapse LOL).

  9. Welcome to Soldotna! What brings you to this part of the world? Are you here for the birding festival? Or is there a mysterious quilting fest that I've not heard of? :)

  10. Hi there. That "moose" doesn't need to go on a diet because it's a bison. It's supposed to be that size.

  11. I've not ever seen a "bison" with a rack like that moose. :-)

  12. Great pictures, Bonnie. Who is with you? Safe trip.

  13. Alaska is beautiful, you see and take us to so many awesome places, thank you. You seem to be tireless! I want to take a nap just reading all that you do. You are my hero.


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