One knitter's battle to conquer the intended gauge . . .

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Postcard from Homer Alaska

We celebrated Independence Day in Homer, Alaska. It was beautiful playing on the sunny beach. We are headed home tomorrow morning -- 3300 miles! But the husband is driving with me so lots of knitting time. Lower 48 here we come!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Postcard from Rabbit Lake

It has been raining here most of this week. It is hard to really appreciate the beauty of Alaska when all the mountains are covered by rain clouds. But this Saturday the sun came out. Yay! We celebrated by going on 12.5 mile hike from the trailhead of Rabbit Lake to McHugh Creek. It was more than twice as long as any hike Adelle has done. But she was a trooper and did it with very little whining. Isn't it just beautiful? We hiked past the tree line through the taiga and onto the tundra. Tundra is spongy and fun to walk on. I love hiking to Rabbit Lake!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Postcard from Beluga Point

Driving along the Turnagain Arm from Anchorage to Girdwood is the most beautiful drive on a clear day. As high school students with new drivers licenses we use to come to this place on the inlet, Beluga Point, take photos, hike around, watch the sunset, kiss boys, you know the usual high school activities. :) In fact as a child when my parents left on a date and told us they were going to watch the submarine races I really thought this was where they were going!

I'm passing on my love of Beluga Point to a new generation. But hopefully not encouraging them to be kissing boys there!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Postcard from Seward's Folly

Did you know that William Seward purchased Alaska for 2 cents an acre in 1867 from the Russians? Many dubbed it Seward's Folly. If only they knew the awesomeness Alaska is and what it would bring to the Lower 48.

Here is sweet Maeve on a beach in Seward, AK. I mean really, does it get much more beautiful than that?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Postcard from Kenai Fjords National Park

See that shadow at the top of the photo? It is a MOSQUITO! Everything you may have heard about mosquitoes in Alaska is true. Huge, plentiful, and vicious. Yes, my mother is wearing a mosquito net. Kenai Fjords National Park is beautiful. Really all of the Kenai Peninsula is breathtaking. Summer here is sucking me in. I need to keep reminding myself of those 7-10 months of winter or I may not be leaving....

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Postcard from Winner Creek, Girdwood, AK

Want to know the secret to getting a four year old to hike on his own 2 feet for 4 miles? Find a really cool older cousin that he adores to hold his hand. My boys insisted on riding the handtram across the gorge with their new best friends. At least that is how Jude referred to his cousin's cousin from the other side of the family, even though he couldn't ever remember his name. "Mom, I have 5 best friends. That one boy I can't remember his name..." But I am thinking of banning my boys from hanging out with their older cousins when they came home talking about nipple twisting, after witnessing the older boys fighting... :). Nice.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Postcard from a Ninja Gone Crazy

My little Maeve turned 8. Since her dad, the cake maker of the family, had to stay home and work, I was responsible for the cake. She requested a ninjago cake. I was doing fabulously I thought with the marshmallow fondant when she decided to take over the decorating. At the end of the day she said her favorite part of her birthday was decorating her own cake!