Friday, April 01, 2011

A-Z: Alaska

Welcome to April, the A-Z month on this and many other blogs! Here's hoping April won't be the cruelest month, as T.S. Eliot said. I'll be skipping Ten Word Tuesdays and the Week in Science for the duration of the challenge, but I plan to participate in the Blog Chain, even if I have to sneak in extra posts to do so. I would also like to thank Rachael and the other judges for voting my alien restaurant critic the runner-up in the Second Crusader Challenge. Congrats to Bess, the overall winner!

To start the A-Z Challenge off, I thought I'd share some pictures I took on my honeymoon. My husband and I cruised to Alaska. We saw bald eagles, whales, and glaciers; learned how they fished for crabs (and ate some); panned for gold; rode along the White Pass train route; and more. I had a brand new digital camera, and not all my pictures turned out well. Here are some that did.



This house used to be a brothel during the Gold Rush. (I'm sure my parents were thrilled when they got the postcard from me saying I'd been to a brothel.) I think this was in Ketchican.
















My husband after panning for gold near Juneau. Despite his elated pose, we didn't strike it rich.





















I had to include this one for my son. This is the train we rode through the White Pass. My son occasionally likes to watch the DVD we bought of the trip.











Here we are on one of the old cabooses.




















Mountain scenery.















Has anyone else been to Alaska? If so, what were your impressions?

49 comments:

Sarah Allen said...

Alaska is on the top of my want-to-go-there list :) And it IS the top on my honeymoon-ideas list. So cool! Love the pics :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Trisha said...

I would love to visit Alaska someday. I love cold weather ;)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

What a wonderful start. The pics are superb, Good luck with the challenge.

Yvonne.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

What a wonderful start. The pics are superb, Good luck with the challenge.

Yvonne.

Ellie said...

Wow. What an amazing cruise.

Enjoy the rest of the challenge!

Ellie Garratt

Sheila Siler said...

I have not been, though my MIL has been twice. My husband and I hope to go for our 25th anniversary (3 years from now). Beautiful!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've been on a cruise to Mexico and would love to do an Alaskan cruise!

Bob Sanchez said...

Sounds like a wonderful honeymoon. I've been to Alaska in the military but always wanted to go back for pure enjoyment.

Dan said...

Great pictures. Sounds like a wonderful trip. Good luck with the challenge.

Dan

Misha said...

I've never been to Alaska, but I would love to go there. Friends of mine went and said that it's one of the most beautiful places on earth.

:-)

L.A. Colvin said...

I want to go one day. I've had family and friends go and they all say it's gorgeous not matter what time of year. Loved the pics.

baygirl32 said...

I'd love to visit Alaska, it looks so beautiful.

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Bev Hankins said...

Love that mountain scenery. Beautiful picture!

Stopping by on the A-Z Challenge
Bev@My Reader's Block (#288 on the list)

Jaydee Morgan said...

Never been there but your pictures look great! Since I'm not a fan of the cold weather, I think I'll keep my visits through others pics ;)

salarsenッ said...

I would love to go to Alaska. Your photos are great! Thanks for sharing. It's great to meet you.

Better is Possible said...

Lovely pictures. Yes, I've been to Alaska. Anchorage, Alaska and it was spectular. We drove there via Dawson City, Yukon - took the Top of World Hwy. Thanks for bringing back some great memories.
See you again, on this A - Z journey!

Trevor Peck said...

Have never been, but would love to go some day! Good luck in A2Z!

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Wonderful "A" post. I've always wanted to go to Alaska. Maybe someday! Love the pictures. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books
http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2011/04/to-z-blogging-challenge.html

Ann Best said...

Never been to the place, but your pictures took me there. I would love to see it some day. Everyone I know who has visited it or lived there says it's awesome.

Kris Yankee said...

I've never been to Alaska, but it is certainly a place that intrigues me. We went to Hawaii on our honeymoon! Thanks for sharing the photos and glad to meet you!

Ann said...

Wonderful photos. Now I have itchy feet. Never been to Alaska, but have made many plans that have to date fallen through.

Seams Inspired said...

Beautiful photos! I've never been to Alaska, but hope to get there one day.

Visiting from the A to Z Challenge. I look forward to reading your posts. Happy Friday! :o)

Myne Whitman said...

I haven't been to Alaska, but since it's so close and we love travelling, we may yet get to it.

Your pictures are lovely too.

Joanne said...

What an awesome honeymoon you guys had!!! Great pictures. My husband and I want to go there so badly. Maybe one day....:o) Blessings, Joanne

Katie Mills said...

never been to Alaska but my mother's best friend has lived in Juno for the last twenty years or so. I hear it's beautiful!

Laura said...

Fab pics - I always wanted to go to Alaska - it's a bit of a long way from Devon UK
Happy challenge
Lx

Jan Morrison said...

Nope, never been. But I've been to Labrador! I love the north. My brother lives in the North West Territories but I've never spent the $ to visit him there. ah well.
great start to the alphabet...
Jan Morrison

Stephen Tremp said...

Alaska ... one state I have yet to visit but will make it up there someday. Maybe for a cruise. Beautiful pics. Great way to start off the Challenge. Nice meeting you and have a great weekend!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sandra .. managed to get to the Rockies and Vancouver Island .. but would love to go north .. great pictures and congratulations on your marriage - A is definitely for Alaska isn't it! Cheers Hilary

Áine Tierney said...

would love to go to alaska - even more so after reading your post. best of luck with the A-Z!

J.L. Campbell said...

Haven't been, but would love you. Sounds like you had a great trip.

Karen Walker said...

Yes, hubby and I went to Alaska a few years ago. These pics bring back wonderful memories. I just loved the wildlife (grizzly bears, bald eagles, moose, whales) and the exquisite scenery. Thanks for your comment on my blog today.
Karen

Dani said...

Hi new challenge friend! Love the photos. :)

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nutschell said...

Alaska looks Amazing! Would like to go there one day. good start to the a-z challenge!

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Trudy said...

Those are great pictures! I have never been but certainly hope to visit someday. My parents were there over a year ago and had a fantastic time, participating in many of the same things you and your hubby did!

Good luck with the challenge!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I visited Alaska at the age of 10, and loved the beauty and wonder of it. Then, my father worked up in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska - a middle of nowhere kind of place. And all I can say of that is - white on white on white.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Sandra,

I found your blog through A-Z land, and I really enjoy it. Thanks for the Alaska photos. No, I haven't been there yet, but want to go there someday. I've been eying those cruises, and they look like lots of fun.

It is really nice to meet you, and I am your newest follower as of this minute!

Take care, and have a wonderful weekend.

Kathy M.

Shelli said...

Looks like a lovely trip. My sister lived in Alaska for several years, but I never had the occasion to visit her. Maybe someday!

Amy Wood said...

I've never been to Alaska. Great pics! Makes me want to plan a trip!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Good luck with the A-Z challenge. I look forward to checking out to see what you'll have tomorrow!
Amy
http://ifbloggingburnedcalories.blogspot.com

Marjorie said...

I've never been to Alaska, but I'd love to go during the summer one year. Looks like you had a lot of fun.

The Words Crafter said...

Ooooo, I haven't been there, but I'd like to visit! Beautiful pictures, btw. Thanks for sharing them :)

Melissa Bradley said...

Alaska is gorgeous and these pictures really capture the breathtaking beauty and wonderful fun to be had.

Lynda R Young said...

I've never been there but it's one place I'd love to visit one day

Lyn
W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

Sheila said...

I really want to go to Alaska some day. I loved your pictures.


~~Sheila
Reviewer & Writer
Book reviews and Author Interviews at my blog at http://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/

Chuck said...

If I show this to my wife she will be planning a trip to Alaska for us! Thanks for stopping by my site and sharing in the A-Z. May neither of us procrastinate.

KjM said...

Not been to Alaska, no. But then, I'm a blow-in from Ireland and there's a lot more to this fair country than the small island I hail from.

So, give me time.

Great start to you A-Z challenge. Thanks for stopping by mine.

Rebecca Dupree said...

Beautiful pictures!

Rebecca Bradley said...

I loved your photographs. Alaska is on my list of places to visit, though it's a very long list so I'm not sure I will ever get there. thank you for sharing

Soooz said...

Hi loved the post on Alaska. I'm in Australia and we are about as opposite as it gets in terms of terrain weather and critters. I have always had a longing to visit Alaska and have many writer friends there.

I am now following your site and hope you fins a moment to pop in and share my Aussie postings for A_Z.
here;
Watching grass grow is often more exciting than some relationships, has to be "bored" definitely not "bewitched bothered or bewildered"

Stop by my post if you have a moment.
here:
http://sooozsaysstuff.blogspot.com/2011/04/a-z-challenge-day-3-c-crocodile-with.html

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