The harbor in Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Traveling around bush Alaska for six years, I often visited the Aleutian Islands. This photo is of a barge hauling old equipment around in the waters around the fishing port town of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. If you look closely you can see all the eagles hanging out on the riggings. Eagles are everywhere as are seals and sea lions and occasionally whales. Dutch Harbor became world-famous with the Discovery TV show, “The Deadliest Catch”, and oftimes while I was there, I would see the big crabbing boats in dock.
Far from the beaten [...]
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The iconic San Francisco Cable Car has it’s own museum on Mason Avenue, and the best part…it’s free! It doesn’t take long to peruse its placards full of historical photographs and written history. I found one of the most fascinating parts where the belts are going around and around as pictured below. A great little time out in the bustling city, take a ride through cable car history and then go take a ride on the real thing! Have you ever been to San Francisco? Could you just not help singing, “the Rice-a-Roni treat?”
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One of the many panels of street art in Clarion Alley in San Francisco
One of the most photogenic areas of San Francisco is the Mission District. It’s a great place to spend the day wandering around the mission, the parks, and this street, Clarion Alley. Clarion Alley has developed into a street art exhibition. Panel after panel of superior street art, such as this one, lines both sides of the walking street. While we were there, young children were riding their bikes, people were strolling along and chatting, and some folks were just using it as a quick [...]
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What is there to do in Oklahoma City one might ask. Go to the stockyards! Oklahoma has one of the last real stockyard auctions in the country. If you’ve never been to a cattle auction, then you will love watching them parade the cows before the buyers, watching the buyers take notes, and call in their bids. It’s fascinating to watch, and hey, if you like cowboys there are plenty of them around.We spent the morning there and this photo of four cows, all different colors, is one of my favorite shots.
Have you ever been to a stockyards? [...]
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It’s the last day of December, and time to think about what we did during 2012 and make some plans for 2013.
As the year 2012 was coming to a close, we gazed upon this gorgeous sunset over Mont Blanc, France. Thank you 2012!
1. In June we moved from our home of four years, Ankara, to Schweinfurt, Germany. We know this is a somewhat temporary place for us as the military is drawing down even more. We’re hoping to find out a little more between January and April.
2. In July, we had a huge [...]
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Have you ever heard of the Pribilof Islands? St. Paul and St. George are two small islands off the coast of Alaska. The Pribilofs are where the sealers went to hunt seals, almost to extinction in the late 1900s. Thankfully, they stopped that, and still on St. Paul there is a huge (and somewhat stinky) seal rookery. The whole town of St. Paul only has a few clapboard houses and this Russian Orthodox church with a cemetary. It is a very barren, out of the way place, one of the most interesting places I’ve ever been.
What’s one of [...]
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Dogsledding! Hey, it’s winter. Who doesn’t want to get out there and do some serious winter activities? This photo was taken on Mirror Lake, in Chugiak, Alaska. Alaska is full of dog sledding opportunities thanks to all those folks who raise dogs to run the Iditarod. There’s just nothing cooler….um, so to speak!
What are your dream winter activities?
…or somebody’s got to do it!
Here’s Devon and me getting ready to go experience a 2,000 year old bath in northern Tunisia.
I’m turning 50 years old today. Wow! 50! It seems old, but I don’t feel old. It has given me time to think about my life…a little reflection, I guess. I wouldn’t trade my life with anyone. I’m so grateful for the decisions I’ve made, the opportunities I’ve taken, the experiences I’ve had. There’s no way I could categorize my experiences into the “Top 10″ or “the Best Of”. Do I think I’m lucky? Not really. [...]
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We’ve been flying in and out of San Francisco for more years than I care to count, and almost every time we do, we stop and have breakfast at Peter’s Cafe in Millbrae. It is good ol’ American diner decor and fare. After globetrotting all year, it cements the fact that we are once again on real American soil. It feels, and tastes, good! We make sure to go on empty bellies, because the portions are huge. Our favorite dish is the special German Pancake. It takes 30 minutes to make, so we wait with our bitter [...]
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I’ve pretty much given up the idea that I would be able to see a musk ox in the wild. I’d like to, but they are pretty isolated animals, located in expensive to get to and cold locations. So, I did the next best thing and went to the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, Alaska. Here we got to feed this guy dandelions, and he posed quite regally for me.