Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Our hike took us to Berkeley Park. A "Park" in mountain parlance is a wide expanse of meadow. Those who said the flowers were gone should have hiked to Berkeley Park. Of course, they were wrong anyway, as I had counted over twenty that I could name on our morning hike the previous day, and found others I hadn't seen earlier in the afternoon.
Berkeley Park, on the other hand, was a floral feast. There were at least half a dozen flowers that I had not seen before.
The marmots were having a feeding frenzy on the hill. There must have been a couple of dozen of them in one area. Their entire job for the summer is to eat, and then eat, and after that eat some more. They often take a moment out to pose, though.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Back in Ketchikan we could have gone to see the Misty Fjords. This fjord was misty, too. Steep cliffs, waterfalls, deep valleys that made you wonder what you would find if you could hike into that wilderness.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Juneau has about forty miles of roadway.
There is no road that goes away from Juneau.
Planes like this are a common sight in Southeast Alaska.
The Treadwell site burned in 1916.
This pumphouse was to provide enough water
to take care of any fire.
Needless to say, it didn't.
The purple fireweed grows all through Alaska.
Mendenhall Glacier outside of Juneau has receded
quite a bit over the last century.
While I was wandering around Juneau with the camera,
Ranney was zipping through the rain forest canopy.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
Breakfast at McDonald's is one of my ways of getting my training walks in for the Breast Cancer 3-Day next month. With the temperatures hovering in the high nineties (when not in triple digits), getting that walk in at any other time of day is next to impossible. That McMuffin is my necessary incentive. One of these times I will make the return walk as well.
My donation page for the 3-Day is at http://www.the3day.org/seattle07/kathysharman
I could sure use some more sponsorship.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
When we got to the top, we talked to this lady who had been sitting there sketching. She said that the main piece of rock that fell was "the size of a small hotel--it was definitely bigger than a house." After thinking about that remark, she amended it "Maybe a large hotel."
In this shot from the next morning, you can see the lighter brown "patch" of cliff near the center of the picture. This is where the rock fell from.