Family Time

 

Some of my family members made the long journey here this past week and were rewarded with a gloriously sunny weekend.  We made the requisite trip to the glacier, which was super active with its’ calving.

Lisa & Me on the Million Dollar Bridge

 

Lisa somehow willed us into seeing some brown bears from the road.  They were pretty mesmerizing, likely a momma bear with 2 leggy cubs, maybe 3 or 4 year old.

Brown Bears

We balanced our way around the planked trail of  Pipeline & McKinley Lake.

Pipeline Lakes

Everyone was on the alert for bears, which we didn’t see but we did spot the Star Gentian, a lovely purple flower, bordering on black, that I had never encountered before.

Star Gentian

Saturday we made it to the Salmon Runs and walked in the 5K, there was a great community showing and someone even broke the course record for the marathon!Before the Salmon Runs

The Race about to Begin

Walkers

By Sunday the glory of the sun had disintegrated into mist but we made it out to explore Power Creek and learn a little more about the hydro project that is currently powering our town.

Power Creek

On the way to power creek we came across the trifecta: Salmon swimming ready to spawn, decaying salmon that will eventually fertilize those ripe & ready to eat Salmonberries bright on the bush.  We’ve been snacking on berries whenever we find them but have yet to do some serious berry picking.

Salmon & Salmonberry

2 thoughts on “Family Time

  1. These are beautiful pictures and just add to the wonderful memories we had with you on our Alaskan adventure! I’m still sorry I missed the felting class and hope you and mom had fun. We want to thank you and Heath, again for being the best tour guides ever! lots of love, Lisa & Bob

  2. thanks for making the trip up to see us, it was great to have you both here. I hope the rest of your vacation went well. Looking forward to seeing some pictures.

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